Kristoffersen off training alone

The recent alpine skiing World Championships seemed to end on a slightly sour note for Norway last weekend, after confirmation that skier Henrik Kristoffersen had stirred up more bad feelings within the men’s ski team. He won a long-sought gold medal in the grand slalom, but also had landed in so much conflict with the […]

King opens doors for ‘Uncle Scrooge’

Norway’s monarch, who turns 82 on Thursday, shared some candid thoughts with newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) this week on his years of leading Norwegian business delegations on state visits around the world. King Harald V accepted the label of “door-opener” long ago, but now notes that Norway has become so wealthy itself, that it’s attracting […]

Royals head for Chile in March

King Harald V and Queen Sonja had claimed they’d cut back on their state visits when both turned 80 two years ago. Now, just before the monarch turns 82 on Thursday, Norway’s foreign ministry has confirmed they’ll be making another exception with a state visit to Chile at the end of next month. The ministry […]

Kristoffersen wins first World Championship

Henrik Kristoffersen, a 24-year-old skier from Rælingen outside Oslo, finally won his first gold medal in World Championship competition on Friday. Kristoffersen flew down the grand slalom course in Åre, Sweden, and was described by one commentator as an “artist on skis.” Kristoffersen beat Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who took silver, and Alexis Pinturault of […]

Critics rage against new Amundsen film

Roald Amundsen remains one of Norway’s greatest heroes, a polar explorer who brought pride and fame to a newly independent country at the turn of the 20th century. A new film about him premiered nationwide in Norway on Friday, but got off to rather poor start. Norwegian critics have panned the film, calling it everything from […]

Giske may make a comeback

Trond Giske, the former top Labour Party politician toppled by sexual harassment charges against him, was disappointed the party won’t take up his case again for further examination. Nor will it pay his attorney’s fees, but Giske claims he wants to remain active in the party and may mount a comeback. Labour sent a letter […]

Prime minister’s spouse fends off cancer

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her husband, Sindre Finnes, were on Norway’s national newscasts Tuesday night, urging everyone watching to check any changes in their skin. He and Solberg revealed this week how he received a cancer diagnosis just before the Christmas holidays. “The word kreft (cancer, in Norwegian) is always so frightening,” Solberg told […]

Magic moment for Norwegian skiers

Maybe training with the Norwegian military’s special forces last spring helped downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud after all. He skied, at any rate, to the World Championship in the men’s downhill over the weekend, while his longtime mentor Aksel Lund Svindal skied to what could only be called a fabulous end to a brilliant career. Jansrud […]

Grande could escape critics in Berlin

UPDATED: Culture Minister Trine Skei Grande was probably glad she could fly off to hail Norway’s presence at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) just before the weekend. Some Liberal Party colleagues back in Norway were calling for her resignation as party leader, distressed over how voter support has plummeted under her leadership the past few […]

Skiing star Svindal will be missed

Tributes have been pouring in since Norway’s popular downhill racer Aksel Lund Svindal finally announced his looming retirement last week. There was no doubt at all that Svindal will be missed and warmly remembered. At an age of 36, and after some spectacular spills and injuries in recent years, the retirement issue has been lurking […]