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News round-up: Norway’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

NOTE TO READERS: Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and the consequences for Norway and the rest of Europe are enormous. The following rundown offers various reports about how Norway, which shares a border with Russia in the far...

Norway’s ‘russ’ on the loose

NEWS ANALYSIS: As if the Russians weren't enough to worry about: Fear and loathing have also been running high this spring over Norway's graduating high school students known as russ (roughly pronounced "roose"). Teachers, health care officials, police and...

Meeting of minds, Munch and metal

Oslo's new Munch museum, now called simply MUNCH, has unveiled the rumbling result of an unusual encounter between artists: Norway's greatest painter, Edvard Munch, and one of the country's best-known black metal bands, Satyricon. The exhibition, called Satyricon & Munch, opened...

Norway will welcome Sweden and Finland into NATO

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is ready to welcome Sweden and Finland into NATO, after both countries indicated interest in applying to join the defense alliance. Støre concedes their prospective membership would further raise tensions between the Nordic countries...

Bomb shelters get overdue attention

It's been decades since Norwegians and their political leaders thought much about the need for bomb shelters. They're thinking abaout it now, after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and finding that their existing shelters' capacity and condition leave much to...

Ukrainian refugees unusually welcome

Norway has long had strict asylum and immigration policy, but is now literally opening its arms to Ukrainian refugees and rushing to accommodate them. After some prodding from Parliament, the Labour Party-led government is also poised to offer group...

Defense minister in quarantine

UPDATED: Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen has been among those forced to stay home these days. His ministry confirmed on Tuesday that he's had to cancel meetings because he may have been exposed to the Corona virus, and then exposed others...

Corona spoils the Holmenkollen party

One of Norway's biggest outdoor parties of the year has been spoiled at the last minute, after local authorities ordered a shutdown of all arenas for Oslo's annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival and World Cup competition this weekend. The ski...

Norway loses a ‘national treasure’

Jahn Teigen was mostly known as a pop singer, perhaps even a laughable one at that, not least when he dressed up in skeleton costumes or green tights. He became all but immortal for scoring zero points when representing...

Happy holidays to all of our readers

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is likely among those hoping to enjoy a few days of "julefred" (Christmas peace) this week, after a particularly turbulent year. Grey and rather gloomy, rainy weather over much of the country wasn't helping much...

Digital driver’s license crashes

So many Norwegians wanted to obtain Norway's new digital driver's license on Tuesday that they ended up overloading and crashing the state highway department's system for getting one. They were urged to be patient. "Demand has been very high," Bodil...

Fatal dog illness keeps spreading

Norwegian veterinary authorities fear a mysterious and potentially fatal dog illness is spreading quickly around the country. Several hundred dogs are believed to have been infected, and some died before their owners could them to a vet. Cases of dogs...

No options for her royal confirmation

The daughter of Crown Prince Haakon was set to undergo Norwegian teenagers' rite of passage this weekend, known as konfirmasjon. While record few now choose a church confirmation, opting instead for a civil ceremony or none at all, Princess...

Summer in the City hasn’t ended yet

PHOTO FEATURE: Schools are back in session and Norway's official summer holiday period is long over, but the weather suggests otherwise. State meteorologists are forecasting another heat wave of sorts, and folks were already out enjoying sunshine and warmth...

New chief takes the helm at Norwegian

It's official: Bjørn Kjos stepped down as chief executive of Norwegian Air on Thursday and handed over all operating responsibility to finance director Geir Karlsen, who immediately took over as acting CEO. Kjos claims he isn't retiring, though, from...

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