Opedal tapped as new Equinor CEO

Anders Opedal, a 52-year-old veteran of the oil industry, has been tapped to lead Norwegian state oil company Equinor into what his predecessor Eldar Sætre calls “the next phase of the energy transition.” Equinor confirmed Monday morning that Sætre will be stepping down as chief executive officer, but not because of all the recent uproar […]

Norway’s Elvis relishes record

Kjell Henning Bjørnestad, better known as “Kjell Elvis,” was relishing his latest victory this week after setting a new world record for singing songs by his late idol, Elvis Presley, non-stop for more than 50 hours last weekend. “I’ll never do this again,” the conservative Bjørnestad said when it was all over. Now age 52, […]

Princess chooses public high school

Norway’s Royal Palace confirmed on Monday that Princess Ingrid Alexandra will start her secondary school education at the popular Elvebakken High School in Oslo this fall. It’s the largest public high school in the Norwegian capital, with 1,400 students and 150 teachers. The 16-year-old heir to Norway’s throne reportedly chose Elvebakken herself. She started out […]

Scolded ex-Statoil boss finally speaks

Helge Lund, the former long-time chief executive of Norway’s state oil company Statoil (now Equinor), is finally speaking out about the huge losses the company suffered in the US on his watch. He now admits that he and his management team invested too much, spent too much, and should have done things differently. The 57-year-old […]

Labour mayor faces corruption charges

Another Norwegian politician is in legal trouble, after the Mayor of Nittedal north of Oslo was charged with serious corruption after several months of a secret investigation. Hilde Thorkildsen of the Labour Party insists, however, that she’s done nothing wrong. Nittedal’s mayor was called in on Tuesday for questioning by Norway’s white collar crime unit […]

Historians puzzled after statue razed

Norwegian officials were surprised and saddened by news that the statue of a Norwegian-American anti-slavery activist is among the latest to be toppled and dumped in a river by demonstrators in the US state of Wisconsin. Hans Christian Heg opposed slavery and fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. “I must say I […]

Skier Johaug won on running

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country skiing champion Therese Johaug has now become a track star as well. She proved her strength and sheer stamina at the so-called “Impossible Games” at Bislett Stadium in Oslo Thursday evening, qualifying for the World Championships by running 10,000 meters in 31 minutes and 49.6 seconds. Several other Norwegian athletes set records […]

Jail term upheld for former MP

An appeals court has upheld a prison sentence for a former Member of Parliament for the Progress Party, who was convicted of submitting false travel expense reports and pocketing more than NOK 400,000 in the process. Mazyar Keshvari admitted to fraud for wrongly claiming parliamentary funds for trips he never took, and has since repaid […]

‘Outsider king’ remains readers’ darling

Author Ingvar Ambjørnsen has been called a king of outsiders, skillfully governing his expanding world of less fortunate, downtrodden characters through a writing career that spans four decades. Now he’s back with the most successful outsider of them all: A lonely, reclusive, neurotic, opinionated, detail-obsessed fellow by the name of Elling, who now is having […]

New chief’s been in battles before

For the first time since World War II, Norway is getting a defense chief with battle experience. Now General Major Eirik Johan Kristoffersen will need to take on a new sort of battle, for political support and funding to develop Norway’s armed forces. Kristoffersen holds what commentators, politicians and fellow soldiers have called an “impressive” background. […]