Shamed politician resigns from party

Calling it one of the “worst and most shameful days” in his life, one of the conservative Progress Party’s high-profile politicians confessed in court just before the weekend to intentionally defrauding taxpayers. Mazyar Keshvari, a former top politician in the Oslo City Government, also resigned from the party as he faces the longest jail term […]

Jail term sought for Røkke’s tormenter

A Norwegian prosecutor asked the Oslo County Court on Friday to sentence Jan Erik “Jannik” Iversen to 22 months in jail, for alleged extortion. Iversen is charged with trying to frighten wealthy industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke into paying him several million kroner. The four-day criminal court case that began Tuesday with Røkke as the reluctant […]

Giske wounds haven’t healed

Try as they might, leaders of the embattled Labour Party just can’t seem to put their troubles with veteran MP Trond Giske behind them. Now Giske’s celebrity wife has ripped open wounds around the sexual harassment complaints filed against her husband, just when the party badly wanted to concentrate on politics at the opening of […]

‘Tragic’ for the young Ingebrigtsen

“It’s completely tragic,” repeated the 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen again and again after he placed fourth in the men’s 1500-meter race at the World Championships in Qatar on Sunday night. While many his age would be thrilled to have even made it to the finals, Ingebrigtsen was anything but. “I am extremely disappointed,” he told Norwegian […]

Aurora bashed for concerts in Israel

UPDATED: Norwegian pop singer Aurora Aksnes has promoted harmony in the world, but she’s struck decidedly sour notes over her plans for two upcoming contests in Israel. What’s really irritated fellow artists is her organization’s attempt to conceal them, while both criticism and support poured in overnight. Oslo newspaper Klassekampen reported this week that Aurora’s […]

Warholm: ‘Just a hypocrite’ in Qatar

Norway has sent what one veteran athlete calls “perhaps its best teams ever” to the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. The athletes themselves, however, are well aware of the downside in Doha, where thousands of mostly migrant labourers have toiled on the sports facilities and hotels under extremely poor conditions and some haven’t even […]

Fredriksen richest again

Tanker owner John Fredriksen, who’s also made a fortune in fish-farming and other businesses, once again tops this year’s list of the wealthiest Norwegians compiled by magazine Kapital. His fortune, moreover, is nearly double that of the next-wealthiest Norwegian on the list. Fredriksen, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday with a lavish party in Oslo, […]

‘Garbage scandal’ spurs Berg probe

State labour authorities have launched an investigation into how Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, whose Greens Party just won a huge re-election victory in Oslo and other Norwegian cities, handled reports of hundreds of violations of regulations covering overtime law and working conditions at the city’s garbarge and recycling agency (Energigjenvinningsetaten, EGE). Berg is ultimately responsible […]

‘Tutta’ ends career on a high note

Norway’s star golfer Suzann Pettersen couldn’t have hoped for a better end to a brilliant career on Sunday, when she putted her way to victory for Europe’s team at the Solheim Cup. Shortly after all the cheering and praise, the queen of the course known as “Tutta” at home in Norway declared herself “completely done” […]

Progress Party MP faces jail term

Mazyar Keshvari, a Member of Parliament for the Progress Party, has now admitted to submitting false travel expense claims amounting to NOK 450,000. Keshvari faces up to six years in jail, and isn’t the only MP currently under investigation for serious fraud. Newspaper Aftenposten broke the news last autumn, after examing the travel expenses of […]