Kristoffersen wins first World Championship

Henrik Kristoffersen, a 24-year-old skier from Rælingen outside Oslo, finally won his first gold medal in World Championship competition on Friday. Kristoffersen flew down the grand slalom course in Åre, Sweden, and was described by one commentator as an “artist on skis.” Kristoffersen beat Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who took silver, and Alexis Pinturault of […]

Giske may make a comeback

Trond Giske, the former top Labour Party politician toppled by sexual harassment charges against him, was disappointed the party won’t take up his case again for further examination. Nor will it pay his attorney’s fees, but Giske claims he wants to remain active in the party and may mount a comeback. Labour sent a letter […]

Prime minister’s spouse fends off cancer

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her husband, Sindre Finnes, were on Norway’s national newscasts Tuesday night, urging everyone watching to check any changes in their skin. He and Solberg revealed this week how he received a cancer diagnosis just before the Christmas holidays. “The word kreft (cancer, in Norwegian) is always so frightening,” Solberg told […]

Magic moment for Norwegian skiers

Maybe training with the Norwegian military’s special forces last spring helped downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud after all. He skied, at any rate, to the World Championship in the men’s downhill over the weekend, while his longtime mentor Aksel Lund Svindal skied to what could only be called a fabulous end to a brilliant career. Jansrud […]

Grande could escape critics in Berlin

UPDATED: Culture Minister Trine Skei Grande was probably glad she could fly off to hail Norway’s presence at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) just before the weekend. Some Liberal Party colleagues back in Norway were calling for her resignation as party leader, distressed over how voter support has plummeted under her leadership the past few […]

Skiing star Svindal will be missed

Tributes have been pouring in since Norway’s popular downhill racer Aksel Lund Svindal finally announced his looming retirement last week. There was no doubt at all that Svindal will be missed and warmly remembered. At an age of 36, and after some spectacular spills and injuries in recent years, the retirement issue has been lurking […]

Norway’s young princess grows up

Royalists and government buildings raised their flags, and the royal yacht was sporting its own festive signal flags on Monday. It was Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 15th birthday, and she topped the palace’s own website. “Gratulerer med dagen, Prinsesse Ingrid Alexandra!” read the congratulatory headline, along with a new portrait of the second-in-line to Norway’s throne […]

Molde thinks Solskjær will come home

Norway’s triumphant football coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær is still expected to return to his head coaching job at the Molde Football Club, even after making history at Manchester United by leading his former club to six victories in a row including Sunday’s win over top-league Tottenham. His colleagues at Molde are enjoying Solskjær’s success in […]

Sami president hails cultural pride

Norway’s Sami population faces another important year ahead, claimed the president of Sametinget (The Sami Parliament), Aili Keskitalo, in her traditional New Year’s address this week. She led off her speech by hailing a 96-year-old woman for bravely shaking off years of Norwegian indoctrination, and reviving her Sami heritage after 70 years of suppressing it. […]

Carlsen redeems himself in blitz

Magnus Carlsen was smiling again after winning the World Blitz Chess Championship and becoming historic once again: Carlsen is the first to ever win without a single loss in the high-speed chess tournament, and he became the first man ever to win four World Championship titles in the game’s fastest discipline. “I’m very glad I […]