Mayor harassed, ministers shocked

Norwegian leaders right up to the prime minister’s office were shocked to hear this week about how opponents of road tolls (bompenger) in the Stavanger area have harassed a local mayor and her family. Now the government mnister in charge of local governments is calling in the leaders of all political parties to address what she […]

Royal heir returns to public school

Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s parents caught lots of criticism when they pulled her out of the local public school and enrolled her in the expensive and exclusive Oslo International School in Bærum. Now the Royal Palace has announced that the heir to Norway’s throne wants to spend her last year of junior high school at a […]

Crown Prince backs climate strikes

Thousands of Norwegian school students were mounting demonstrations around the country again on Friday, to demand that politicians do more to stop climate change. Now they’ve won the support of Crown Prince Haakon, who told a German magazine this week that he thinks the school climate strikes taking place around the world are “enormously important.” […]

No World Cup for the world’s best

Norwegian football player Ada Hegerberg has proved once again that she’s the best in the world, but she won’t be playing for Norway in the upcoming World Cup. A long-running conflict between Hegerberg and Norwegian football officials meant that the Norwegian women’s national football team assembled for training this week without her. “I miss playing […]

US professor wins the Abel Prize

She admits to being something of a loner who wanted a job where she wouldn’t have to work with other people. On Tuesday, though, Professor Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck was awarded the world’s leading prize in mathematics in front of lots of people, including Norway’s monarch. “I think about it (mathematical problems) all the time,” the […]

Princess stirs up more controversy

It had been unusually quiet around Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, whose own father, King Harald, warned her new then-husband back in 2001 to always expect the unexpected. Now the since-divorced member of the royal family is embarking on a tour called “The Princess and the Shaman,” offering advice on “how to get in touch with your […]

Skier Kristoffersen loses sponsor fight

The Oslo County Court has ruled against slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen in his lawsuit against Norway’s national ski federation, Norges Skiforbund. He had sued the federation in order to ski with his own sponsorship logo on his helmet, but the court sided in favour of the ski team’s over the individual’s. The long-awaited verdict was […]

Spy chief candid to the bitter end

In his unusual but typically candid manner, Lt General Kjell Grandhagen told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) last December that he didn’t know how long he’d live after New Year. Terminally ill with bone marrow cancer, the highly decorated career officer and former chief of Norway’s military intelligence agency made it all through the winter, remaining […]

MP leaves Progress after new complaint

Norway’s conservative Progress Party confirmed on Friday that it had received another complaint about its controversial Member of Parliament, Ulf Leirstein. It won’t be investigated further, though, because Leirstein had announced earlier in the day that he was leaving the party after 30 years. Leirstein wrote on social media that the last year had “been […]

Gerhardsen heir to run Oslo schools

Marte Gerhardsen is not off to the best start as the new director of education for the City and County of Oslo. The Labour Party-led city government is hiring the granddaughter of the late Labour boss and postwar prime minister Einar Gerhardsen, and that’s led to charges of political favouritism. Gerhardsen herself had also asked that […]