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Thor Heyerdahl ‘back home’ in Norway

Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl was honoured with a state funeral at the Oslo Cathedral after he died in 2002 at the age of 87, but his remains were kept in an urn at his last residence in Italy. Now...

Mixed reaction to latest ministerial embarrassment

Oddmund Hoel has narrowly avoided becoming the third government minister in charge of research and higher education to resign in disgrace during the past year. He readily admitted, though, that kissing and hugging the woman who serves as a...

A Ukrainian refugee in Norway shares her story of war and hope

SPECIAL FEATURE: More than 6.3 million Ukrainians have fled their homeland since Russia’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022. Since then, Norway has accepted the largest number of Ukrainian refugees among the Scandinavian countries, more than 70,000, and the...

Haaland scores again, also off the field

He's been depicted as a sword-wielding Viking back home in Norway, and Erling Braut Haaland showed himself to be fierce enough after scoring four times for his British football club Manchester City during the weekend. It marked a comeback...

Ingebrigtsen mounts a poetic defense

The controversial Norwegian track and field coach Gjert Ingebrigtsen has responded to his indictment for family violence this week with a poem on social media. His medal-winning sons may not take kindly to his use of a song text...

Disgraced biathlon boss sentenced to prison

Anders Besseberg, the Norwegian sports bureaucrat who headed the International Biathlon Union (IBU) for 25 years, has fallen victim to the expensive watches, prostitutes and hunting trips he accepted from foreign officials, mostly Russian. A court in Norway ruled...

Norwegian twins open Eurovision, for Sweden

Marcus and Martinus Gunnarsen were 10-year-old twins when they won the junior version of Norway's Eurovision qualifier, Melodi Grand Prix, in 2012. They went on to become a pop phenomenon well beyond Norway's borders, and now they'll lead off Eurovision...

Nobel committee elects young leader

UPDATED: The Norwegian Nobel Committee, responsible for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize, has elected its youngest leader ever: Jørgen Watne Frydnes, age 39, who led the revival of the Utøya terror site and first joined the committee in 2021...

Monarch hailed as a ‘moral authority’

Norway's King Harald V now ranks as Europe's oldest monarch, and he could celebrate his 87th birthday this week knowing that a solid majority of Norwegians support the monarchy. They also don't want him to abdicate like the Danish...

Norway bids ‘Lillebjørn’ good night

Norwegians of all ages mourn the passing of singer-songwriter Lillebjørn Nilsen, who died on January 27. He was 73. Nilsen was laid rest on Friday during a special ceremony at Oslo’s City Hall, in a public homage to his...

Sindre apologizes for latest ‘sin’

Sindre Finnes, the errant husband of former Prime Minister Erna Solberg, has admitted that he has used a prestigious Norwegian business title (siviløkonom) that he never earned. His wife has admitted that she knew he never turned in the...

Peace activist laid to rest in peace

Funeral services for Norwegian peace activist Fredrik S Heffermehl landed on a stormy winter day in Oslo on Wednesday, but that was arguably in keeping with Heffermehl's spirit. The late attorney and author stirred up plenty of storms himself,...

Norway mourns singer-poet Ole Paus

Funeral services for singer-songwriter Ole Paus were held at Oslo's Kulturkirken Jakob on Thursday, attended by scores of his artist colleagues and friends. Paus, often called a "National poet," was hailed for his songs of comfort, love and support...

Liberals’ leader travels to Taiwan

Guri Melby has long been an outspoken critic of China regarding human rights and respect for its neighbours. Now the leader of Norway's Liberal Party (Venstre) has become the first high-level Norwegian politician to make an official visit to...

Coach calls football fiasco ‘surreal’

Ståle Solbakken was viewed as a prime catch when Norway lured him back from Copenhagen and then extended his contract as head coach for the national men's football team. He has failed, however, to qualify Norway for either the...

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