Justice minister carries on after threat

Tor Mikkel Wara, who took over as Norway’s justice minister just last spring, is unsure why someone would deface his home and car with a swastika and the word racist. He claims it won’t influence how he works as one of the country’s top politicians. “We won’t give in to these types of threats,” Wara […]

Raja’s back, but party still ‘sick’

The Liberal Party’s arguably most charismatic politician, Abid Raja, has decided he’s well enough again to return to work. Both he and the Liberals’ leader Trine Skei Grande immediately made the media rounds, insisting they’d settled their differences that had made Raja sick, but their alleged reconciliation may not be enough to heal what’s really […]

Multi-challenged man runs for mayor

Torstein Lerhol is a 32-year-old politician for the Center Party who hopes to become the next mayor of Vang, a scenic mountain municipality in Oppland County. He weighs less than 40 pounds and lies in a wheelchair, but doesn’t see that as a problem. “I have joked that the only tasks I don’t think I’ll […]

Hegerberg still won’t play for Norway

Winning one of the most prestigious international prizes in the sport of football hasn’t changed Norwegian player Ada Hegerberg’s mind. She still doesn’t want to re-join Norway’s national team and play for her homeland until the Norwegian football federation (NFF) “gets better.” Hegerberg was making headlines again on Tuesday after becoming the first woman to […]

‘Culture shapes a democracy’

Norway’s government minister in charge of culture, Trine Skei Grande, said she felt like it was her birthday, Christmas and the 17th of May (Norway’s national day) all at once: For the first time in 15 years, she’d be presenting the framework for national cultural policy for the future, and set off debate at the […]

Ousted Solheim fires back at UN

Erik Solheim was back home in Oslo last weekend, and vigorously trying to defend himself after having to resign as head of the United National Environment Programme (UNEP). He had no choice, after the UN’s secretary general himself told him he had to go. Solheim’s version is that he “had to go because I tried […]

Innovation chief cleared, but quits

Anita Krohn Traaseth has been cleared of wrongdoing in her job as chief of state development agency Innovation Norway. She nonetheless decided to quit last week, claiming that five years in the job was enough. Traaseth’s resignation came just a week after an external audit conducted by consulting firm Deloitte concluded that Traaseth didn’t break […]

Northug prepares for new ‘after-ski’

Norway’s bad boy of skiing, Petter Northug, has been unusually humble and self-deprecating in recent weeks, as his hopes for a comeback on the ski trails melt before his very eyes. He even admitted to things looking “hopeless” over the weekend, but he’s scoring some success as an author and gearing up for a new […]

Johaug braced for booing in Finland

Fresh from victory in her first cross-country race in more than two years, skier Therese Johaug is back at the top of her sport. She’s worried she may not get as warm a reception when the actual World Cup season starts in Finland this weekend, though, and she’s prepared that some spectators may even boo […]

Solheim resigns as UN climate chief

Erik Solheim, the former Norwegian government minister and leader of the Socialist Left party (SV), has admitted to making mistakes in how he tried to save the climate while traveling business class. Newspaper Aftenposten reported late Tuesday afternoon that the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has now decided to resign, after spending around […]