Thin ice killed an environmental activist

UPDATED: Norwegian environmentalists were mourning the death this week of Kurt Oddekalv, long one of the country’s most high-profile and radical amongst them. Oddekalv was often referred to as an environmental “warrior.” His body was recovered by search and rescue crews after alarms were sounded late Monday that someone may have gone through the ice […]

Premier retains her popularity

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been firmly guiding Norway through its worse crisis since World War II during the past year, and that’s clearly maintained her popularity among Norwegian voters. Fully 53 percent favour her over the opposition’s candidate for prime minister, and her Conservative Party remains the largest in the land. The numbers confirmed […]

Johaug cuts her ties to Huawei

Professional cross-country skier Therese Johaug seems to have given in to strong criticism and ended a “cooperation” deal she had with the Chinese communications giant Huawei. It’s been under fire for its alleged ties to the Chinese government and the facial recognition technology used to identify and persecute the Uyghur minority in China. Johaug and […]

Court sentences skier Northug to jail

Norway’s former champion skier Petter Northug was sentenced on Monday to seven months in prison by a court in Oslo that also revoked his driver’s license for the rest of his life. Northug, long known as the “bad boy” of skiing who loved to taunt his rivals, accepted his punishment and plans no appeal. The […]

Golf queen raves about Hovland

Norway’s retired golfing queen Suzann Pettersen thinks young Viktor Hovland “can be among the world’s best,” after he won a PGA victory in Mexico over the weekend along with the equivalent of NOK 11 million. It was the 23-year-old Hovland’s biggest win yet, just two years after his debut on the PGA tour. “There are […]

‘An honour’ to take over national team

Norwegian football star Ståle Solbakken called it “an honour” to become the new head coach of Norway’s men’s national football team known as landslaget. He thinks it’s probably “the biggest job” in Norwegian athletics. “Being able in the course of a coaching career to lead the Norwegian national football team is an honour,” Solbakken said […]

Corona spurs skiers to suspend races

A decision by champion cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo to drop upcoming World Cup races in Davos and Dresden sends “a dramatic signal,” claims commentator and former top skier Fredrik Aukland. Then Klæbo was joined by skier Emil Iversen in the effort to minimize Corona risk, forcing top skiing officials to re-evaluate the risks involved […]

Central bank bosses in Covid quarantine

Nicolai Tangen, the billionaire philanthropist who recently took over as head of Norway’s Oil Fund at the central bank, has tested positive for the Corona virus. Tangen’s boss, Norges Bank Governor Øystein Olsen, is also in quarantine as is the central bank’s Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen, raising questions about whether they’d taken home office orders […]

Labour MP faces fraud indictment

After a lengthy investigation, police in Oslo have finally charged Hege Haukeland Liadal, a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party, with serious fraud for allegedly cheating on her travel expenses. She continues to blame her faulty expense reports on negligence instead of intentional fraud, but still faces anywhere from one to six years in […]

Youngest ever on Nobel Committee

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is usually made up of veteran Norwegian politicians, appointed by their parties in a gesture of appreciation for loyalty or special international interest over the years. Now Norway’s Labour Party is replacing one of its appointments on the committee, former prime minister and head of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, […]