Looking beyond the destruction

PHOTO FEATURE: Two years after a bomber attacked Norway’s government complex in Oslo, Norwegians could finally see for themselves how the buildings held up. State officials hosted an unusual “open house” that resulted in a weekend of reflection for many over the events of July 22, 2011, and over options for rebuilding. [flgallery id=115 /] […]

Campaigning, Norwegian style

PICTURE STORY: The political party booths that popped up in downtown Oslo late this summer have been busy during the past week, as Norwegians wander along the capital’s main boulevard, Karl Johans Gate, and chat with politicians ahead of Monday’s parliamentary election. The scene is repeated in towns and cities around the country: Norway’s grassroots […]

Stoltenberg opened new glacier center

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg recently attended the grand opening of  a new visitor’s center at the entrance to the Jostedal Glacier National Park in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. It replaces the previous visitor’s center that burned down in July 2011. “That was not just a loss for the local community, but also for […]

Eide strengthens ties with Indonesia

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide and his Indonesian colleague Marty Natalegawa agreed to form a joint commission on Wednesday, paving the way for increased cooperation in areas of mutual interest to the two resource-rich countries. Following talks in Jakarta on greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation in Indonesia and other issues, the ministers signed a so-called memorandum […]

Holmås sees pirates of the Indian Ocean

Development Minister Heikki Holmås met convicted pirates in a Seychelles prison on June 28. Holmås visited the island-state to sign an agreement providing for imprisonment in the Seychelles of pirates detained by the Norwegian frigate KNM Fridtjof Nansen, which is on anti-piracy duty in the Indian Ocean. More than 20,000 merchant vessels pass through the […]

Svalbard offers Himalayan insight

India is increasingly interested in studying climate change in Norway’s far northern archipelago of Svalbard, which could help Indian scientists better understand changes in the Himalayas. India’s foreign minister Salman Khurshid visited Svalbard this week, enjoying his country’s fresh observer status on the Arctic Council. Along with Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, Khurshid visited the main […]

‘Gratulerer,’ and eat some cake

PHOTO FEATURE: Politicians poured out of Norway’s Parliament on Tuesday and into brilliant sunshine in Oslo, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of full voting rights for women. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and other party and parliamentary leaders handed out cake and congratulations (“Gratulerer!”) at one of many special events held all over the country. Stoltenberg […]

Diplomacy mixed with sticky rice

PHOTO FEATURE: Thousands of Thai food fans turned out for a festival at the central square called Youngstorget in Oslo on Saturday, and it was nearly as warm as in Bangkok. Sultry weather mixed with satay as the scents and sounds of Thailand filled a Norwegian early summer afternoon. The multi-cultural festival also featured Thai […]

New cathedral lives up to its name

PHOTO FEATURE: It’s called “The New Cathedral of the Northern Lights,” and it’s already reflected them even before its formal opening last weekend. The spectacular building in Norway’s far north has been a long time coming, but it got a royal welcome and is considered a new local landmark. The new cathedral in Alta, Finnmark […]

Holiday images from Norway

Norwegians’ dreams of a White Christmas came true over most of the country during the recent holiday period, and it became a bit extreme in some areas. We’ve compiled a few images to share the various moods as Norway headed into the New Year. It snowed during most of the main Christmas holidays (lillejulaften on […]