Norway mourns its football legend

It’s not often that Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) airs an entire funeral live on national TV, not least for a former football player and coach. It just shows how much Nils Arne Eggen meant to the entire country, not just to football fans and the Rosenborg club in Trondheim where he became a legend. Eggen, who […]

Royal family drops Olympics in Beijing

None of the members of Norway’s royal family will be traveling to China next month to attend the Winter Olympics, confirmed palace officials on Tuesday. Their decision comes in the midst of heated debate over whether Norway should join other allies in boycotting the Olympics in Beijing, but the palace cited concern over Corona infection […]

Qatar ‘sabotaged’ Norwegian media

Norway’s national editors’ and press association has accused authoritarian officials in Qatar of sabotaging the work carried out by a TV crew from state broadcaster NRK. When the memory card taken out of the crew’s equipment was finally returned after being seized, all interviews and photos on it had been deleted. “That’s pure sabotage of […]

1.2 million saw World Championship thriller

Norway’s national women’s handball team has a special place in the hearts of Norwegian sports fans. Fully 1.2 million of them, nearly a quarter of the country’s entire population, tuned in to watch the so-called “handball girls” in another World Championship final on Sunday that turned into an unexpected thriller. The team faced off against […]

Norway nurtured Carlsen’s triumph

Norway may seem an unlikely breeding grounds for an international chess champion like Magnus Carlsen. Most of the world’s great players over the years have come from Russia, the US, China and India, but a childhood in Norway allowed him the freedom to develop his own “inner motivation,” and that may be why he’s so […]

Minister drops Olympics in Beijing

Norway’s government minister in charge of sports and culture has decided not to travel to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, in a move widely viewed as a sign of her concern over the lack of human rights in China. Norwegian football officials, however, have opted to travel to Qatar this month, claiming it would present […]

Campaign brewing for new Olympics

Norwegian sports bureaucrats, some top politicians and skier Therese Johaug are among those talking about the possibility of arranging another Winter Olympics in Norway, perhaps as early as 2030. Oslo’s bid to host what the Norwegians simply call an “OL” in 2022 met massive resistance, though, and enthusiasm for a new bid remains low. The […]

NRK journalists arrested in Qatar

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt and Norway’s embassy in Abu Dhabi took contact with authorities in Qatar after two journalists from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) were arrested by police in Qatar late Sunday night. They’d spent last week gathering information in connection with the upcoming World Cup, and the Norwegian government is shaken over how officials in […]

Football elite urged to avoid Qatar

Since the Norwegian men’s football team failed to qualify last week for the controversial World Cup in Qatar next year, now it’s the leaders of the Norwegian football federation NFF who are being urged not to attend either. Concerns over ongoing human rights abuses and exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar continue. Norway’s national team […]

Solskjær hailed after ‘stepping aside’

It started out so well, and ended paradoxically: Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s three-year stint as manager of the Manchester United football club was over, notes Norwegian sports commentator and editor Reidar Sollie, after a former Norwegian protegé scored against him during the weekend. Sollie, sports editor at Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen, wrote on Monday about how Solskjær’s first […]