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 […]

Court rejects Krekar’s appeal

Time may be running out for Mullah Krekar, Norway’s most troublesome and expensive refugee. An appeals court has refused to hear his objections to a lower court’s verdict that can clear the way for his extradition to Italy, where he’s been sentenced to 12 years in prison for terrorist activity. After nearly 30 years in […]

War hero granted a state funeral

UPDATED: One of Norway’s last resistance heroes from World War II will be honoured next week with a funeral to be conducted at state expense. Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen will also attend the funeral for Ragnar Leif Ulstein, who died this week at the age of 99. Ulstein was just shy of 20 when Nazi […]

Philharmonic mourns Jansons

Music lovers and members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra were mourning the death over the weekend of former conductor Mariss Jansons. He led the orchestra to international fame but left Norway bitter over Norwegian politicians’ failure to build a new concert house. “He was one of the leading conductors in the world, no doubt about […]

Mette-Marit regrets her ties to Epstein

Crown Princess Mette-Marit publicly apologized on Monday for having had several meetings with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Norway’s Royal Palace finally confirmed the meetings to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), which also has revealed how Epstein donated large amounts of money to the International Peace Institute in New York that’s run […]

US ambassador to leave amid drama

Less than two weeks after the US Secretary of the Navy, Richard V Spencer, was in Norway to visit top Norwegian officials, he finds himself being replaced by the US ambassador to Norway who’d been his local host. Spencer is among the latest to effectively be fired by US President Donald Trump, who then tapped […]

Railway’s boss opts to derail

Geir Isaksen has been one of the most unpopular executives in Norway this past year. After turning 65 this fall, he claims, it was time to ask the board of the state railway to find a new boss. “This is not very surprising, given his age and all the changes and restructuring lately,” responded the […]

Spy chief waits for probe results

The embattled chief of Norway’s military intelligence agency E-tjenesten, Gen Lt Morten Haga Lunde, clearly felt compelled to utter some sort of response as questions fly over the competence of the agency and its agents. He issued a rare press release, to acknowledge a Parliamentary probe into the criticism and complaints of released spy Frode Berg. […]

New Norwegian Air boss in the wings

The incoming chief executive of long-troubled discount airline Norwegian has no experience in the airline industry. Jacob Schram, who most recently has had top management jobs in the Circle K retail and gas station chain, doesn’t think that’s a problem. Schram will take over as chief executive of Norwegian Air on January 1, succeeding founder […]

Former minister blasts IOC, WADA

Linda Helleland had her share of confrontations with top Norwegian sports bureaucrats when she was the government minister in charge of national funding for athletics. She went on to run for president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and now she’s so indignant over how powerful men in the sports world operate that she doesn’t […]