New ski-jumping star is born

Marius Lindback has made headlines in Norway for the past week, after the 21-year-old from Rælingen made some spectacular ski jumps during the annual competition in the Alps known as Hoppuka. The 21-year-old almost ended up winning the top prize and claimed to be thrilled with his second-place finish. “I have practiced so much, training […]

Carlsen nails triple chess championship

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen secured the chess world’s triple crown again on Monday, when he won the World Blitz Championship in Moscow. He’d also won the World Rapid Chess Championship over the weekend, and could finally grin from ear to ear. They were the perfect late Christmas gifts to the 29-year-old Norwegian who’s grown accustomed to […]

Polar explorers back in Tromsø

UPDATED: After months of trying to cross the Arctic from Alaska to Svalbard by sailboat and skis, but opting for pick-up by a diesel-powered vessel in the end, polar explorers Børge Ousland and Mike Horn finally arrived in Tromsø on Monday. Their expedition generated no small amount of controversy and criticism in Norway, although Ousland […]

King Harald calls in sick

Norway’s Royal Palace confirmed on Thursday that King Harald has been put on sick leave because of what officials described as a “viral infection.” It wasn’t clear whether he’d be able to lead Friday’s weekly Council of State with the government. “He is out sick, but he’s doing okay,” his son and regent, Crown Prince […]

Greens’ politician lands in trouble

She’s been one of Oslo’s most high-profile politicians, and scored a major personal victory when her Greens Party more than doubled its election result in September, thus securing its hold on power in the Norwegian capital. Now, however, Lan Marie Nguyen Berg is on long-term sick leave for apparent exhaustion, and stands accused of misleading […]

Johaug far ahead in World Cup races

“New Johaug victory,” read the headline on just a short wire story Monday about Norwegian skier Therese Johaug’s many accomplishments since the season began began a few weeks ago. They’re so commonplace that it’s become more newsworthy if Johaug fails to win. That hasn’t happened yet. The skier, who’s continuing her impressive comeback after being […]

National football coach stays on

His players are happy and fans are relieved after Lars Lagerbäck agreed to stay on as head coach of Norway’s national men’s football team last week. “When they take the chance, I’ll take the chance,” the 71-year-old coach told news bureau NTB. Lagerbäck is well past retirement age and Swedish as well, but that doesn’t […]

Court rejects Krekar’s appeal

Time may be running out for Mullah Krekar, Norway’s most troublesome and expensive refugee. An appeals court has refused to hear his objections to a lower court’s verdict that can clear the way for his extradition to Italy, where he’s been sentenced to 12 years in prison for terrorist activity. After nearly 30 years in […]

War hero granted a state funeral

UPDATED: One of Norway’s last resistance heroes from World War II will be honoured next week with a funeral to be conducted at state expense. Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen will also attend the funeral for Ragnar Leif Ulstein, who died this week at the age of 99. Ulstein was just shy of 20 when Nazi […]

Philharmonic mourns Jansons

Music lovers and members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra were mourning the death over the weekend of former conductor Mariss Jansons. He led the orchestra to international fame but left Norway bitter over Norwegian politicians’ failure to build a new concert house. “He was one of the leading conductors in the world, no doubt about […]