‘Tragic’ for the young Ingebrigtsen

“It’s completely tragic,” repeated the 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen again and again after he placed fourth in the men’s 1500-meter race at the World Championships in Qatar on Sunday night. While many his age would be thrilled to have even made it to the finals, Ingebrigtsen was anything but. “I am extremely disappointed,” he told Norwegian […]

Aurora bashed for concerts in Israel

UPDATED: Norwegian pop singer Aurora Aksnes has promoted harmony in the world, but she’s struck decidedly sour notes over her plans for two upcoming contests in Israel. What’s really irritated fellow artists is her organization’s attempt to conceal them, while both criticism and support poured in overnight. Oslo newspaper Klassekampen reported this week that Aurora’s […]

Warholm: ‘Just a hypocrite’ in Qatar

Norway has sent what one veteran athlete calls “perhaps its best teams ever” to the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. The athletes themselves, however, are well aware of the downside in Doha, where thousands of mostly migrant labourers have toiled on the sports facilities and hotels under extremely poor conditions and some haven’t even […]

Fredriksen richest again

Tanker owner John Fredriksen, who’s also made a fortune in fish-farming and other businesses, once again tops this year’s list of the wealthiest Norwegians compiled by magazine Kapital. His fortune, moreover, is nearly double that of the next-wealthiest Norwegian on the list. Fredriksen, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday with a lavish party in Oslo, […]

‘Garbage scandal’ spurs Berg probe

State labour authorities have launched an investigation into how Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, whose Greens Party just won a huge re-election victory in Oslo and other Norwegian cities, handled reports of hundreds of violations of regulations covering overtime law and working conditions at the city’s garbarge and recycling agency (Energigjenvinningsetaten, EGE). Berg is ultimately responsible […]

‘Tutta’ ends career on a high note

Norway’s star golfer Suzann Pettersen couldn’t have hoped for a better end to a brilliant career on Sunday, when she putted her way to victory for Europe’s team at the Solheim Cup. Shortly after all the cheering and praise, the queen of the course known as “Tutta” at home in Norway declared herself “completely done” […]

Progress Party MP faces jail term

Mazyar Keshvari, a Member of Parliament for the Progress Party, has now admitted to submitting false travel expense claims amounting to NOK 450,000. Keshvari faces up to six years in jail, and isn’t the only MP currently under investigation for serious fraud. Newspaper Aftenposten broke the news last autumn, after examing the travel expenses of […]

First archbishop ready to retire

Helga Haugland Byfuglien officially took over after King Harald V as head of the newly independent Norwegian Church when church and state were separated eight years ago. Now Byfuglien is about to turn 70, and says she’s ready to step down as the equivalent of Norway’s first archbishop. “There’s nothing dramatic about this,” Byfuglien told […]

No options for her royal confirmation

The daughter of Crown Prince Haakon was set to undergo Norwegian teenagers’ rite of passage this weekend, known as konfirmasjon. While record few now choose a church confirmation, opting instead for a civil ceremony or none at all, Princess Ingrid Alexandra has no choice, and some commentators think that’s a problem. The Royal Palace announced […]

Norwegians lose Anne Grete Preus

“Open, interested, curious” and “brave” were among words being used on Monday to describe Anne Grete Preus, one of Norway’s most distinctive female vocalists and musicians. The prize-winning Preus lost a 12-year battle with cancer over the weekend, and Norway lost an artist who broke barriers while inspiring many. “She was brave enough to sing […]