Norway mourns ‘Snåsamannen’

Thousands of Norwegians were saddened by news Friday of the death of Joralf Gjerstad, a humble healer and psychic from the scenic rural town of Snåsa in Trøndelag. Known as Snåsamannen, Gjerstad became famous for his warm hands that healed generations of people who traveled to Snåsa seeking his help. The mystery of Gjerstad’s healing […]

Mustafa case lands in court

A teenager who’s spent most of his life in Norway was in court this week, fighting for the right to remain in the country where he’s grown up since the age of six. Immigration officials, meanwhile, are trying to deport him on the grounds his mother won asylum for her family 13 years ago on […]

Carew faces tax evasion charges

Police and tax authorities raided the Oslo home of former Norwegian football star John Carew on Wednesday, later declaring that they suspect him of serious tax evasion. Norway’s economic crime unit Økokrim also reportedly seized Carew’s mobile phone but Carew himself still hadn’t been arrested. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) was outside the apartment building in […]

Spy scandal soils Parliament’s leader

UPDATED: The president of the Norwegian Parliament, Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, has been subject to scathing criticism after she made sure that an embarrassing report on Norway’s military intelligence agency was kept secret. She’s supposed to champion openness, but her double vote against declassifying the report helped keep the results of a probe into the agency’s […]

‘TIX’ clicked with Eurovision fans

Norwegian singer-songwriter Andreas Haukeland, better known as “TIX,” was the first to be named Tuesday night as a finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Both a professional jury and members of the public clearly thought his song, Fallen Angel, was worthy of a second performance before the world’s largest audience this weekend. There […]

Carew heads into crime comedy

Former Norwegian football star John Carew has joined a new team: He’ll break into Oslo’s new Munch museum next year as a member of Olsenbanden, a gang of mostly harmless movie bandits. Since retiring from football in 2013, Carew has launched an acting career. He’s been involved in a handful of movies, including a supporting […]

Billionaire art patron laid to rest

Tributes have been rolling in for weeks after Hans Rasmus Astrup, the shipping billionaire best known for being one of the world’s leading art collectors, died at his elegant farm east of Oslo in late April. He was hailed as a friendly and generous man who’d inherited part of a shipping empire and did very well […]

Skavlan bows out of the spotlight

Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan is calling it quits after 25 years of interviewing Norwegian, Scandinavian, Nordic and eventually international newsmakers. His show that began on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) will end after the upcoming fall season, which moved over to commercial station TV2 in Norway three years ago. Skavlan, now age 54, started out […]

Prime minister loses support

Conservatives leader Erna Solberg has ranked as a highly popular prime minister in recent years, until now. A new poll this week indicates she’s lost a lot of voter support just in the past month. The poll, conducted by research firm Norstat for state broadcaster NRK, shows Solberg’s voter support falling from 58 percent in […]

MP indicted on fraud charges

A Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party has been indicted on charges of defrauding Parliament by filing multiple claims for false travel expenses. Hege Haukeland Liadal still claims she simply made mistakes and never intended to claim more money than she was owed. Prosecutors disagree. After investigating the charges first filed nearly two […]