Wealthy Norwegians set new record

For the first time ever, all of the 400 wealthiest Norwegians are billionaires, in Norwegian kroner. Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen tops the list compiled by magazine Kapital once again, with a fortune estimated at NOK 114 billion (USD 13.4 billion).  The magazine published its annual rankings of wealthy Norwegians on Thursday and all 400 are […]

Festival chief resigns after ‘me-too’ complaint

The long-time director of the annual Bergen International Festival, Anders Beyer, had to resign this week after the festival’s board of directors reported that they no longer had confidence in him. His surprise and immediate departure came after the board had received what its leader described as a “me-too” complaint. The complaint, that Beyer had […]

Veteran politician comes back again

Carl I Hagen, the 77-year-old conservative veteran politician for the Progress Party, has found a way to return to Parliament. When he didn’t win a seat from his hometown of Oslo, he found an opening in Oppland and grabbed it. It was a tight race in Monday’s national election, “nerve-wracking” according to Hagen himself, who […]

Immigration board drops Mustafa appeal

The state commission that reviews immigration cases (UNE) has decided not to appeal a court verdict that it erred in planning to deport a young man who’d been brought to Norway as a small child. Mustafa Hasan, nationally known as simply “Mustafa,” now may be able to remain in Norway, the country in which he […]

Progress leader rides out storm

Few politicians in Norway have been put on the defensive during the recent election campaign more than Sylvi Listhaug, leader of the most conservative party in Parliament, Progress. She has rejected calls to disassociate her party from the most radical right-wing rhetoric in Norway, and lost voters in the process, only to see some return […]

Ingebrigtsen cashing in

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, one of Norway’s young track and field stars, is already reaping the rewards of his success this summer, not least his gold medal at the delayed Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Bonuses, extended sponsor agreements and lucrative fees for taking part in sporting events all mean the 20-year-old can cash in at an early […]

Defense minister comes under fire

Frank Bakke-Jensen has stirred controversy in his role as defense minister on earlier occasions, but this week he was all but being publicly shamed. The target of the complaints: Bakke-Jensen’s decision to campaign for his Conservative Party in his home county of Troms og Finnmark and then spend a day at home in Northern Norway, […]

Princess tests Corona positive

UPDATED: Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, heir to the throne after her father and grandfather, has tested positive for the Corona virus. She’s the first member of the Royal Family to become infected with the virus and has been placed in isolation at the Crown Prince-family’s official residence, Skaugum in Asker, west of Oslo. The Royal […]

Olympic medalists win heroes welcome

Water canons sprayed over the private jet that brought Olympic heroes Karsten Warholm, Eivind Henriksen and their medals back to Norway on Friday, after they won gold and silver medals in Tokyo this week. Warholm generated headlines worldwide, after shattering his own world record and running what’s been branded as the best race in Olympic […]

Tennis star Ruud really on a roll

Casper Ruud, the 22-year-old Norwegian tennis player from Snarøya just outside Oslo, is having a fabulous year and making a huge impact on his sport at home. Now his father and manager Christian Ruud, a former tennis pro himself, thinks his son will break into the top 10 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). […]