New football star shines worldwide

The superlatives were still pouring in on Monday after Norway’s newest football star, Erling Braut Haaland, made his “extraordinary,” “crazy,” “incredible” weekend debut with his new club Borussia Dortmund. Not only did the 19-year-old rescue his team from possible defeat, he hit the field as a substitute and scored three goals within 20 minutes. The […]

King Harald released from hospital

UPDATED: Norway’s 82-year-old monarch, King Harald V, was released from the national hospital in Oslo on Wednesday after a week-long stay. His son, Crown Prince Haakon, will continue to serve as regent until the monarch’s sick leave ends, probably after another week. In a press release last Wednesday evening, palace staff wrote that King Harald, […]

High court rejects Krekar’s appeal

Norway’s Supreme Court (Høyesterett) has rejected an appeal from Norway’s most famous and expensive refugee, Mullah Krekar. That clears the way for the Norwegian government to finally extradite the Islamic cleric to Italy where he’s been convicted of leading a terrorist network. It’s likely the justice ministry will move forward with the extradition, since  it […]

New ski-jumping star is born

Marius Lindback has made headlines in Norway for the past week, after the 21-year-old from Rælingen made some spectacular ski jumps during the annual competition in the Alps known as Hoppuka. The 21-year-old almost ended up winning the top prize and claimed to be thrilled with his second-place finish. “I have practiced so much, training […]

Carlsen nails triple chess championship

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen secured the chess world’s triple crown again on Monday, when he won the World Blitz Championship in Moscow. He’d also won the World Rapid Chess Championship over the weekend, and could finally grin from ear to ear. They were the perfect late Christmas gifts to the 29-year-old Norwegian who’s grown accustomed to […]

Polar explorers back in Tromsø

UPDATED: After months of trying to cross the Arctic from Alaska to Svalbard by sailboat and skis, but opting for pick-up by a diesel-powered vessel in the end, polar explorers Børge Ousland and Mike Horn finally arrived in Tromsø on Monday. Their expedition generated no small amount of controversy and criticism in Norway, although Ousland […]

King Harald calls in sick

Norway’s Royal Palace confirmed on Thursday that King Harald has been put on sick leave because of what officials described as a “viral infection.” It wasn’t clear whether he’d be able to lead Friday’s weekly Council of State with the government. “He is out sick, but he’s doing okay,” his son and regent, Crown Prince […]

Greens’ politician lands in trouble

She’s been one of Oslo’s most high-profile politicians, and scored a major personal victory when her Greens Party more than doubled its election result in September, thus securing its hold on power in the Norwegian capital. Now, however, Lan Marie Nguyen Berg is on long-term sick leave for apparent exhaustion, and stands accused of misleading […]

Johaug far ahead in World Cup races

“New Johaug victory,” read the headline on just a short wire story Monday about Norwegian skier Therese Johaug’s many accomplishments since the season began began a few weeks ago. They’re so commonplace that it’s become more newsworthy if Johaug fails to win. That hasn’t happened yet. The skier, who’s continuing her impressive comeback after being […]

National football coach stays on

His players are happy and fans are relieved after Lars Lagerbäck agreed to stay on as head coach of Norway’s national men’s football team last week. “When they take the chance, I’ll take the chance,” the 71-year-old coach told news bureau NTB. Lagerbäck is well past retirement age and Swedish as well, but that doesn’t […]