Norway hails rebel-author Bjørneboe

KRISTIANSAND: Norwegians are marking 100 years of their controversial author Jens Bjørneboe (1920-1976), who spent much of his brief but noisy life challenging authorities and conventions with memorable passion. Special events honouring Bjørneboe have been taking place around the country all year, culminating on October 9, which would have been Bjørneboe’s 100th birthday. Even his native […]

King Harald’s heart surgery ‘went well’

UPDATED: King Harald V was back in the hospital this week after doctors decided that he needed surgery to replace a heart valve. The valve connected to his aorta had been surgically inserted during an operation in 2005, and a new operation on Friday was said to have gone well. The 83-year-old monarch was just […]

Sports stars grab lots of attention

Rarely have Norwegian athletes grabbed so much international attention outside of the ski season as they have during the past few weeks. Norway suddenly has a rash of young stars at the top of their sports in football, track and field, tennis and golf, and they’re making headlines far beyond their homeland. This week it’s […]

Another ex-minister took the stand

One of the most bizarre court cases in Norwegian history has entered its fourth week, after another government minister was on the witness stand testifying against the live-in partner of her former justice minister colleague Tor Mikkel Wara. Prosecutors claim Wara’s partner Laila Bertheussen set off a chain of events including threats and vandalism against […]

Carlsen cashes in on Play Magnus

Norway’s World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen hasn’t only been winning at the chess board, but with his investments as well. Now his Play Magnus Group is seeking a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange that prices the company he founded at nearly NOK 800 million (USD 85 million). The company evolved from the “Play Magnus” […]

Hurtigruten boss survives disgrace

Quarantine rules weren’t followed, suspected cases of the Corona virus weren’t followed up and crew members felt their lives were in danger but were afraid to speak out. The board of Norway’s publicly disgraced Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line nonetheless claims it still has confidence in CEO Daniel Skjeldam, and that both he and the […]

Royals’ integration was difficult, too

A new biography of Norway’s late King Olav V reflects how the country’s own royal family has also had to face the challenges of being immigrants expected to integrate. Olav underwent not only a name change but also grew up with a mother who didn’t speak Norwegian, isolated herself from Norwegian society and took him […]

Norway ‘under (Tom) Cruise control’

American actor Tom Cruise and the film crew behind the next Mission: Impossible movie are being accused in Norway of dazzling local politicians and authorities, and getting special treatment while filming on location amidst some of Norway’s equally dazzling mountain scenery. Not so, objects the head of the Norwegian Film Institute, who rejects assertions that Norwegian […]

New Oil Fund boss rolled into new job

Nicolai Tangen rode a controversial electric scooter into his first day of work as chief of Norway’s Oil Fund on Tuesday. The formerly London-based billionaire hedge fund manager was, however, equipped with both an obligatory helmet and a traditional backpack, perhaps in an effort to fit into Norwegian work culture and avoid further controversy. That […]

New party leader wants to join EU

UPDATED: Guri Melby, who currently serves as Norway’s education minister in the country’s non-socialist government, emerged over the weekend as the top candidate to take over as leader of her Liberal Party (Venstre), which in Norway is actually on the conservative side of politics. She’ll be in charge of reinvigorating a party that holds government […]