Svindal wants to ski another season

Norway’s veteran downhill skiing star Axel Lund Svindal had some good news for fans this week, if not competitors. The 35-year-old alpine champion intends to take part in the upcoming racing season, and lunge out of the starting gate at Lake Louise in Canada late next month. Svindal plans to defy lingering effects of injuries […]

‘Several’ charged in attack on publisher

Norway’s state police unit Kripos has charged “several” people in connection with the attempted assassination of William Nygaard in 1993. Nygaard headed Oslo publishing firm Aschehoug at the time and the attack was tied to Nygaard’s decision to publish a Norwegian version of Salman Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses. That made Nygaard a target following a fatwa (death […]

Moment of silence after MP’s death

All Members of Parliament and others in the elaborate chamber stood silently at the opening of Monday’s session, in tribute to a fellow MP who died over the weekend. Ivar Odnes, who represented Oppland County for the Center Party, died Friday after a brief but brutal illness. Odnes, age 55, had reported himself in September […]

Skavlan loses viewers back home

Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan quickly zoomed to Scandinavian stardom when his show that started on Norway’s NRK, Skavlan, also started being carried several years ago by Swedish broadcaster SVT1. Now he’s losing viewers back home in Norway, though, after he moved the show from NRK to Norway’s national commercial TV station TV2. Skavlan […]

Berit Svendsen lands at Vipps

Norway’s most high-profile female executive, Berit Svendsen, has swapped one state controlled company for another. After feeling compelled to resign from Telenor last month she’s now accepted responsibility for building up the new Vipps electronic payment system, which was launched by Norway’s biggest bank DNB. “Vipps is a little Norwegian pearl that can be a […]

Wealthy heiress dies at 64

Mille-Marie Treschow, who took over her family’s forestry business and became one of Norway’s wealthiest women, died over the weekend following an unspecified illness. She had inherited the Treschow-Fritzøe business that extends back to 1835, and then expanded and modernized it. “It is with great sorrow that we must report that our mother, Mille-Marie Treschow, […]

Sandberg gets lucrative quarantine

One of the conservative minority goverment’s most outspoken ministers, Per Sandberg, was missing from this year’s opening of Parliament on Tuesday, after he was forced to resign following a highly controversial summer holiday in Iran. He’s not financially hurting, however, since he’s been put in quarantine that triggers six months worth of his full pay […]

Polish lawyer wins the Rafto Prize

Adam Bodnar, a Polish lawyer who heads the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland, has won this year’s Rafto Prize. The prize also goes to the institution itself, with both it and Bodnar cited for their role as “defenders of minority rights and judicial independence in Poland.” Bodnar, age 41, was appointed […]

Solheim responds to the UN’s criticism

Veteran Norwegian politician Erik Solheim is now responding to harsh criticism that’s erupted over his extensive and expensive travel as head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The former Norwegian government minister in charge of environmental issues faced UN employees this week and reportedly accepted some of the blame, but not all. Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten […]

Svendsen mulls ‘exciting’ offers

Berit Svendsen, the highly rated executive who felt compelled to leave Telenor earlier this month, says she’s had “incredibly many nice messages and exciting offers” since her headline-grabbing resignation. Management experts think the company has suffered because of it. “Seen from the outside, it seems like a lot of energy is used on internal positioning […]