Sylvi poised to take over Progress

NEWS ANALYSIS: Just three years after being forced to resign as justice minister over some typically inflammatory remarks, Sylvi Listhaug has been tapped to succeed outgoing Progress Party leader Siv Jensen. Listhaug has a history of provoking or taunting those who challenge her, a trait Jensen now seems to view as important to revive voter […]

Defense attorney leads new party

Geir Lippestad is best-known as the defense attorney for some highly controversial clients. He’s also been active in the Labour Party in Oslo, though, and is now moving on to the national scene by leading a brand new party that aims to grab new voters in the upcoming national election. Lippestad surprised everyone last fall […]

Pain dashed Ruud’s Grand Slam hopes

It was all going so well for Casper Ruud, Norway’s best tennis player who was making great progress in a Grand Slam tournament. Severe pain from a stretched stomach muscle, however, forced Ruud to withdraw from the Australian Open. Ruud, Norway’s 22-year-old tennis star from Snarøya just outside Oslo, had made it to the fourth […]

Ex-biathlon boss faces more charges

Police and athletics organizations in Norway and Austria are evaluating serious charges against Anders Besseberg, the Norwegian who was president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) for nearly 26 years. Besseberg has been accused by the IBU’s independent External Review Comission (ERC) of favouring and protecting Russian interests, “particularly in the anti-doping context,” after Russian […]

King quietly marks 30 years on throne

It’s been 30 years since King Harald V became Norway’s monarch after his father, the popular King Olav, suffered a fatal heart attack while watching the Gulf War break out live on TV. Now the world is in the midst of a war against a virus, halting public celebrations of Harald’s reign, so he and […]

Thin ice killed an environmental activist

UPDATED: Norwegian environmentalists were mourning the death this week of Kurt Oddekalv, long one of the country’s most high-profile and radical amongst them. Oddekalv was often referred to as an environmental “warrior.” His body was recovered by search and rescue crews after alarms were sounded late Monday that someone may have gone through the ice […]

Premier retains her popularity

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been firmly guiding Norway through its worse crisis since World War II during the past year, and that’s clearly maintained her popularity among Norwegian voters. Fully 53 percent favour her over the opposition’s candidate for prime minister, and her Conservative Party remains the largest in the land. The numbers confirmed […]

Johaug cuts her ties to Huawei

Professional cross-country skier Therese Johaug seems to have given in to strong criticism and ended a “cooperation” deal she had with the Chinese communications giant Huawei. It’s been under fire for its alleged ties to the Chinese government and the facial recognition technology used to identify and persecute the Uyghur minority in China. Johaug and […]

Court sentences skier Northug to jail

Norway’s former champion skier Petter Northug was sentenced on Monday to seven months in prison by a court in Oslo that also revoked his driver’s license for the rest of his life. Northug, long known as the “bad boy” of skiing who loved to taunt his rivals, accepted his punishment and plans no appeal. The […]

Golf queen raves about Hovland

Norway’s retired golfing queen Suzann Pettersen thinks young Viktor Hovland “can be among the world’s best,” after he won a PGA victory in Mexico over the weekend along with the equivalent of NOK 11 million. It was the 23-year-old Hovland’s biggest win yet, just two years after his debut on the PGA tour. “There are […]