Youngest ever on Nobel Committee

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is usually made up of veteran Norwegian politicians, appointed by their parties in a gesture of appreciation for loyalty or special international interest over the years. Now Norway’s Labour Party is replacing one of its appointments on the committee, former prime minister and head of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, […]

Convicted cop loses last appeal

Norway’s Supreme Court has decided not to handle a final appeal from convicted veteran Oslo police officer Eirik Jensen. That means Jensen’s conviction and 21-year jail sentence for corruption and narcotics crimes has taken effect, and Jensen must officially start serving his prison term. Jensen was once one of Oslo’s most respected law enforcement officers, […]

Famed diplomat resigns in shame

Terje Rød-Larsen has long been one of Norway’s most well-known diplomats, not least for his large global network of people in powerful positions. Now, after being publicly scolded by the former prime minister of Australia, he’s had to resign as head of the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York for failing to inform its board […]

Royal cousins gain some glory

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra has followed a royal tradition of taking part in competitive sports. That left her with a junior national championship over the weekend, while her cousin Maud Angelica Behn emerged as Norway’s “bravest woman of the year.” Behn has no royal title herself, but she’s the daughter of Princess Martha Louise, Ingrid […]

Lagerbäck, Sørloth settle dispute

Lars Lagerbäck, head coach of Norway’s men’s national football team, seems to have won a highly public dispute with player Alexander Sørloth. After making headlines for days on end, the National Football Federation (NFF) announced that Sørloth has apologized. It all started after Norway’s crushing defeat to Serbia on October 8, which dashed Norway’s hopes […]

Carlsen: ‘Not in it for the money’

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen could rake in millions after his “Play Magnus” chess company made its debut on the Oslo Stock Exchange last week and then sold joint broadcast TV rights to Norway’s two biggest channels. Carlsen made it clear, however, that “money has never been my main motivation.” He was on hand to […]

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 […]