New chief’s been in battles before

For the first time since World War II, Norway is getting a defense chief with battle experience. Now General Major Eirik Johan Kristoffersen will need to take on a new sort of battle, for political support and funding to develop Norway’s armed forces. Kristoffersen holds what commentators, politicians and fellow soldiers have called an “impressive” background. […]

Equinor’s CEO defends his role

Eldar Sætre, chief executive at Norway’s suddenly troubled oil company Equinor, has to face shareholders later this week at the company’s annual meeting. He now claims that both he and Equinor’s board paid close attention to problems unfolding at the company’s operations in the US right after he took over as CEO in 2014. “There […]

Norway mourns its ‘man in the moon’

Norwegians were mourning the death over the weekend of Erik Tandberg, an air force officer and rocket science engineer who explained the developing space age to generations. He was 87. Tandberg was hailed not just for his immense knowledge of all kinds of space matters, but also for his unusual skills in sharing what he […]

Skiing trophies finally arrive

Several of Norway’s winter sports stars have finally been receiving their crystal World Cup trophies this past week, not on winners’ podiums but in the mail. Their season ended abruptly when the Corona crisis hit hard last month, as did a few others’ careers on their national team. It was already a strange winter sports […]

Ex-Oil Fund boss ‘screwed up’

Yngve Slyngstad has played a key role in the growth of Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund. After 12 years as Oil Fund boss, he should be leaving on a high note as he moves over to a new position within Norway’s central bank. Instead he’s leaving “embarrassed” and “really, really […]

New Oil Fund boss off to a rough start

UPDATED: Nicolai Tangen, the expatriate Norwegian billionaire who was recently tapped to head Norway’s huge Oil Fund, firmly denies he was seeking any favour when he hosted a luxurious seminar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business last fall. On his guest list were, among others, Norway’s trade minister, Norway’s ambassador to the […]

Carlsen loses but wins fjord view

Norwegian chess king Magnus Carlsen didn’t do so well in his own Chess 24 platform’s Banter Blitz Cup this week, losing to a young rising star from Iran. Carlsen has, however, won title to a luxurious condominium in Oslo with a fine view down the Oslo Fjord. Carlsen, whose sport has moved online during the […]

Iditarod winner stuck in Alaska

Thomas Wærner, the Norwegian musher who’s now won all the world’s most prestigious dog-sled races, suddenly finds himself stuck at an airport departure gate. Nearly a month after winning the Iditarod race i Alaska, neither he nor his dogs can get home to Norway because of Corona virus restrictions. “The last flight you could take […]

Cruise ‘visionary’ dies at age 90

Norwegian shipowner Arne Wilhelmsen, one of the founders of the large international Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL), died over the Easter holiday weekend with much of the cruise industry he helped form in turmoil. Wilhelmsen was 90, and among the last of the shipping pioneers who nurtured a cruise industry that’s currently in crisis because […]

NATO chief also working from home

NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has first-hand experience in dealing with a crisis that forced him out of his office. Now he’s been working from home again along with millions of others all over the world, tackling an attack not from a terrorist this time but from a virus. “My life is affected like everyone […]