Missing woman’s remains finally found

Police confirmed on Tuesday that human remains found in the mountains above Ørsta on Norway’s northwest coast are that of a 25-year-old woman from Poland who set off on what was supposed to be short hike in November 2018. She never returned. DNA analysis of the remains found by another hiker on June 5 matched […]

Jetski accidents turn fatal again

Maritime authorities are concerned after two accidents involving jetskis (called vannscootere in Norwegian) killed two men in their 30s near Fredrikstand during the weekend. In another accident on the fjord off Sykkelven in Sunnmøre, two men were rushed to hospital by ambulance and air ambulance after suffering serious injuries. “We see that more people are […]

Lots to be learned from earlier crises

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s almost eerie how Norway has had to mark significant anniversaries of three major crises just in the past two weeks, and right in the middle of the current Corona virus crisis. Valuable lessons can be learned from them all. The sun was shining brilliantly over Oslo’s historic Akerhus Fortress on Thursday, the […]

Polish tourist died in the mountains

Four tourists from Poland ran into trouble while skiing near Hallingskarvet near Geilo last weekend. Caught in bad weather on their way to a cabin, they spent the night in a tent but one of them left to try to find the cabin, and that proved fatal. News bureau NTB reported this week that rescue […]

Avalanche victims lacked location devices

Two German tourists killed in an avalanche on Svalbard Thursday were not equipped with electronic devices that could help them be located under the mounds of snow and ice. Both were found and dug out after an hour of searching, but emergency crews later had to declare both dead at the scene. The two avalanche […]

Excavator sets off flood in Oslo

Work crews accidentally dug into a water main at Voldsløkka in Oslo Monday afternoon, sending torrents of water south towards downtown and flooding the major Ring 2 east-west artery during the height of the commuter rush. Six major bus lines were disrupted and police closed Ring 2. Water was as high as signposts in some […]

Rockslide shocks highway officials

A brand-new stretch of Norway’s highly trafficked E18 highway around Larvik was hailed as the “project of the year” when it was completed just last year. Several tons of rock and boulders ended up crashing down on its southbound lanes heading into the weekend, and officials claim they’ll “turn every stone” until they find out […]

Traffic safety highest in Norway

A new survey by the OECD, the international organization for economic cooperation and development, ranks Norway as having the fewest traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the world. Not all Norwegian would agree, but that makes Norwegian traffic the safest of all. News bureau NTB cited a report in the US magazine Forbes that also […]

Two injured in platform explosion

Two workers on Equinor’s Heimdal platform in the North Sea were injured, one of them seriously, when a gas cannister exploded late Thursday. The two were flown by helicopter to hospitals in Stavanger and Bergen. A spokesman for the state oil company Equinor told newspaper VG that the accident occurred around 6pm Thursday. The cause […]

Massive water leak cripples Bergen

Nearly 60 people were evacuated from 10 residential buildings at Sandviken just north of downtown Bergen early Wednesday morning, after a watermain burst and sent large volumes of water pouring through their hilly neighbourhood. The main E39 highway through the area also had to be closed for fear portions of it would collapse. State broadcaster […]