Protests persist after top Chinese visit

NEWS ANALYSIS: What does this man and his Chinese government colleagues want from Norway? Many suspect more influence in the Arctic, lucrative trade deals and tacit acceptance of their authoritarian regime after Li Zhanshu, China’s third most-powerful leader, visited Oslo and Stavanger last week. Protests and angry questions are still flying after both Norwegian and […]

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 […]

Storm warnings posted from Friday

State meteorologists were warning of a sudden interruption to the warm, sunny weather that returned to much of Southern Norway on Thursday. It’s forecast to be replaced Friday morning by extremely strong, even dangerous winds, and rain. “Avoid going outdoors when it’s storming the worst,” Tone Christine Taule at the state meteorological institute in Bergen […]

Farmers appeal to Solberg for help

Apparently not satisfied with the public assistance already offered by Norway’s agriculture minister, the country’s two largest farming organizations have now “invited” Prime Minister Erna Solberg to visit farms stricken by the recent drought. They want her to see their “crisis” first-hand herself. “Many of our members are now in despair,” said Lars Petter Bartnes, […]