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 […]

Oil Minister ill with Covid-19

Norway’s Oil Minister Tina Bru is among the record numbers of Norwegians testing positive for the Corona virus this week. She’d already been in quarantine when her test results arrived on Wednesday. “I feel relatively good, but am also aware that I’m not well,” Bru told newspaper VG on Friday. Bru wrote on her own […]

Top Labour leader embarrasses party

Just as his Labour Party colleague in Oslo was warning the capital of even tougher Corona-related restrictions, deputy Labour leader Bjørnar Skjæran was apologizing profusely on national radio for ignoring Corona containment measures in Bodø. Skjæran admitted that it hadn’t even occurred to him that a Saturday night party in an expensive hotel suite with […]

Norway drops Klæbo appeal

UPDATED: Top Norwegian skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had mostly experienced  victory, gold medals and admiration from fans all over the world, until last weekend. That’s when his controversial maneuver to get past arch rival Alexander Bolsjunov of Russia during the last race of the Nordic World Ski Championships ended with a disqualification that cost them […]

War hero and royal spouse dies at 98

Erling Lorentzen came from a wealthy family, fought in the Norwegian Resistance during World War II, launched a shipping and industrial career in Brazil and married King Harald’s older sister, Princess Ragnhild. His family informed the Royal Palace this week that Lorentzen died at his home in Oslo on Tuesday, after a long and adventurous […]

Shock and sorrow after LO boss dies

Top Norwegian politicians from left to right were mourning the sudden death on Tuesday of the country’s largest trade union federation’s leader, Hans-Christian Gabrielsen. The LO boss is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack while sleeping, at the age of 53. “Hans-Christian didn’t wake up this morning,” Peggy Hessen Følsvik, LO’s deputy leader, […]

Ministers land in quarantine

UPDATED: Just hours after Prime Minister Erna Solberg addressed Parliament on the jump in Corona infection in Norway came news that she now needs to go into quarantine herself. Two of her ministers have also landed in quarantine. Newspaper VG reported Tuesday afternoon that Solberg, who addressed Parliament Tuesday morning and then held a press […]

Munch gave museum some welcome PR

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and his most famous work The Scream provided some welcome publicity for Oslo’s new but still-unopened National Museum last week. The museum’s press release about his “hidden graffiti” on its version of The Scream seemed to grab more attention around the world, though, than it did at home. Major newspapers like […]

King turned 84 on sick leave

The canons roared at midday on Sunday and flags flew on all public buildings, along with lots of private ones as well. It was all part of the official marking of King Harald V’s 84th birthday, but there were no big parties. That’s because the monarch is still out on sick leave that recently was […]