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Former football star accepts jail term

John Carew was one of Norway's most internationally successful football players and then launched a career in acting. Now he's facing a long intermission after deciding not to appeal a 14-month jail term for tax evasion. "He's chosen to accept...

Comedian scorned after racist remarks

NEWS ANALYSIS: Atle Antonsen was long one of Norway's most high-profile comedians, but few are laughing after it emerged that he'd fired off a barrage of racist comments against a well-known Norwegian-Somalian woman in a bar in Oslo. Now,...

State funeral for ‘immortal’ actor

One of Norway's most legendary actors, Toralv Maurstad, will be getting the equivalent of a final standing ovation, after the government honoured him by offering to pick up the bill for his funeral. Maurstad died on Friday at the...

Late bishop ‘changed church history’

Many Norwegians are mourning the death over the weekend of the first female bishop in The Norwegian Church, Rosemarie Köhn. She was being hailed as a pioneer who cleared the way for diversity among the clergy. Köhn was not only...

Crown Prince: sister’s conflicts ‘difficult’

A new public opinion poll indicates "dramatic" opposition to the commercial pursuits of Princess Martha Louise and her new fiancé Durek Verrett. Her brother Crown Prince Haakon had to face reporters on Monday, and admit that it was "difficult"...

Princess Martha Louise loses support

A majority of Norwegians no longer thinks Princess Martha Louise should represent the Royal Family in official duties. A new survey also found that only 13 percent think she should. That's record low support for any of the royals, and...

Ruud’s triumph reflects a new era

Norwegian athletes aren't just excelling in skiing any longer. Tennis player Casper Ruud is the latest to catapult to the top of his sport internationally, joining the ranks of other young Norwegian superstars in football, track and field, chess...

New football coach wins right away

Hege Riise had good reason to smile from ear to ear after her first victory as the new head coach of the Norwegian women's national football team. The victory also secured the team a spot in the World Cup...

Oslo leader also writes about Corona

The leader of Oslo's city government has joined the ranks of those feeling a need to offer their versions of how they dealt with the Corona crisis. Raymond Johansen of the Labour Party didn't always agree with how the...

Former health minister writes about Corona

Bent Høie became a calm and reassuring presence during the Corona crisis, turning up daily on radio and TV to gently but firmly urge Norwegians to follow his health ministry's instructions. Behind the scenes things were anything but calm,...

Party leader’s resignation spurs debate

Une Bastholm's recent and sudden resignation as leader of Norway's Greens Party (MDG) didn't only surprise colleagues and spark debate over the party's policy. It also set off debate over why it's still so much more difficult for a...

Young Ingebrigtsen is finally satisfied

Norway's newest World Champion athlete has been viewed as "cocky and arrogant" once again, but feels he's been misunderstood. Jakob Ingebrigtsen insists he simply wants to do his best, and was only happy after he won a gold medal...

Search on for new women’s coach

He'd claimed he had no intention of quitting, but after two disastrous results at the Women's European Championships in England, head coach Martin Sjögren ended up being dismissed by Norway's national football federation (NFF). Now he's downplaying his departure...

‘Relax, she’s only 4th in line…

... to the throne in Norway." That's how one of Norway's most respected commentators summed up the news this week that Princess Martha Louise plans, as expected, to marry an American who calls himself "Shaman Durek" and has supported...

New leader for the new MUNCH

Few were surprised when Tone Hansen was chosen earlier this month to be the new director of Oslo's still-new Munch Museum (MUNCH). She's been a highly respected and central figure in Norwegian cultural circles for years, and now she's...

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