Wildflowers radiant after the drought

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s fields of of wildflowers known as blomsterenga have been blossoming even more beautifully than usual this summer. Experts cite last year’s drought, which “stressed” both plants and trees and made them try to spread more seeds before dying. This bounty of rødkløver (red clover) is typical of the wildflowers blossoming all over the […]

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 the airline he founded nearly 20 years ago. “I won’t become a pensionist,” Kjos said at […]

More trouble for DNB’s customers

Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, was plagued by more technical trouble on Thursday that also caused major problems for its customers. Every time they made a payment using their VISA debit card, the amount was deducted twice from their accounts, resulting in some customers seeming to have run out of money. The trouble began last week, […]

Norway to start charting insects

Mosquitos can be a nuisance and no one likes having to swat flies or be stung by wasps, but they’re all a critical part of the ecosystem. Norwegian officials want to hang on to them, and are starting with an attempt to chart the country’s insects for the first time ever. “We don’t know enough […]

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 […]

Happy New Year from Oslo to you

The sun actually shone over Oslo on New Year’s morning, in contrast to the storms lashing other areas of Norway. With the hope of brighter days ahead, we wish our readers a “Godt nytt år!” A view of the Oslo Fjord, taken along Kyststien (the coastal trail). PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Brilliant colours for the holiday season

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians celebrated the winter solstice nearly as much as the arrival of the Christmas and New Year holidays. As the days get longer again, the sunsets can be spectacular, offering an opportunity for quiet reflection as julefreden (Christmas peace) settled over the country. Fall and winter are still referred to as mørketiden (the […]

Wanted after Oslo murder and robbery

It’s highly unusual for police in Norway to publicly identify crime suspects or those charged with crimes, much less issue photos of those sought for questioning. They’ve made an exception in the case of a murder and a robbery at knifepoint in Oslo this week, which police now believe are connected. This man was being […]

Storm warnings raised to red alert

Norway’s state meteorologists raised storm warnings to their highest level, so-called “red alert,” on Friday, as a potentially fatal system of extreme weather bore down on the southern part of the country. Residents were urged to stay indoors, while several schools and children’s day care centers were closing early. Heavy rain was pouring down on […]

Hurricane warnings up for West Coast

State meteorologists were issuing warnings on Wednesday for another round of unusually strong winds during the evening and night ahead. Hurricane-force winds were predicted along parts of Norway’s west coast, along with some “scary” winds up the Oslo Fjord. “We expect that these winds will cause some problems,” meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told weather website […]