Storms and flooding halt trains, ferries

More stormy weather and high tides set off flooding that forced closure of train stations in Drammen and Halden on Monday. Strong winds and high seas also halted ferries all over Southern Norway, where mountain roads also had to close. The river running through Drammen rose so high that tracks were submerged at the train […]

Justice ministry OKs Krekar extradition

Norway’s new justice minister, Monica Mæland, has determined that all legal requirements and conditions have been met regarding the pending extradition of Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar. She issued an extradition order Wednesday, which Krekar’s defense attorney has promised to keep fighting. Italy formally requested Krekar’s extradition after he was convicted on terror charges last year […]

‘Extreme low pressure’ disrupts aviation

More than 20 weather stations around Norway are reporting record low air pressure systems following weekend storms. The situation has affected some aircraft including domestic carrier Widerøe’s, which had to cancel several flights in Northern Norway on Monday. The low pressure affects the aircraft’s instruments, opening the potential for errors that could make flying unsafe. […]

Hostage team out of kidnapping case

The Norwegian state police unit that specializes in crisis and hostage situations (KGF, Krise- og gisselforhandlertjeneste) is no longer involved in the alleged kidnapping 15 months ago of the wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman. There simply is no one for them to negotiate with any longer. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen disappeared from the longtime home she […]

Record-high sea levels predicted

State meteorologists were predicting record-high tides all along the Norwegian coast on Monday. Residents were being advised to secure boats, remove outdoor items that could float away and brace for flooding in cellars and basements. The high tides follow extremely stormy weather over the weekend  that disrupted road, ferry and airline traffic and caused quite […]

Cruise captain accused of fraud, tax evasion

A Norwegian cruiseship captain has been indicted on charges of serious fraud and tax evasion, after collecting disability pay from Norway’s state pension fund over a period of eight years while also sailing from port to port as the captain on various cruiseships. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday that an international warrant was […]

Museum acquires Thor Heyerdahl photos

The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, dedicated to the life and work of Norwegian researcher and explorer Thor Heyerdahl, has taken over a huge collection of photos taken of Heyerdahl over a 25-year period. The photos offer unique insight into one the most internationally famous Norwegians. The nearly 5,000 photos were taken by Italian portrait photographer […]

Polar bear died under sedation

A polar bear that had been sedated and airlifted out of a populated area on Svalbard died last week while being flown by helicopter to an Arctic wilderness area on the Norwegian-run archipelago. Wildlife authorities were at a lost to explain the second polar bear death in as many months. “We don’t know why it […]

Solberg backs joint Brexit talks with UK

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she’s keen to cooperate with her partners in the European Economic Area (EEA/EØS), Iceland and Liechtenstein, to jointly negotiate a new trade and policy pact with the UK. The three EEA members met in Oslo on the first working day after the UK formally withdrew from the EU, and therefore the EEA […]

Ullevål braced for any Wuhan virus cases

Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo and health officials around Norway contend they’re prepared to deal with any outbreaks of what’s now being called the Wuhan virus, especially after the first case was confirmed in neighbouring Sweden over the weekend. Ullevål reports having isolation rooms ready to house and treat Wuhan/Corona virus patients. Health Minister Bent […]