Two arrested in kidnapping case

Two men in their 20s are in custody and another sought after a bizarre episode of violence and kidnapping at a Norwegian farm in rural Tolga, southwest of Røros. Police have been unusually secretive about the case, which set off a major armed manhunt during the New Year’s weekend. The drama began early Sunday morning, […]

Two charged with murder in Haugesund

The New Year had barely begun before Norway registered its first murder, in the west coast city of Haugesund. A 28-year-old man was stabbed to death outside a quiet residential complex, while he was attempting to set off some fireworks. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the man had attended a party with neighbours and went […]

Family was shot before house burned down

UPDATED: The small community of Berger south of Drammen was shocked again late last week when police concluded that a deadly fire that swept through a local home most likely was arson, ignited by a father who’d murdered his wife and two children before setting the fire and committing suicide himself. Police now report that […]

Ex-justice minister’s partner heads for jail

Laila Bertheussen, the live-in partner of a former Norwegian justice minister, was supposed to be back in court this week in another appeal of her jail term for launching threats against government officials. They included her own partner, Tor Mikkel Wara, but she opted to withdrew her appeal just days before her December trial was […]

Objections rise over terrorist’s letters

Several of the survivors of an ultra right-wing extremist’s deadly attacks on the Norwegian government and Labour Party youth on the island of Utøya have been getting letters sent by the mass-murderer himself. The letters contain his conspiracy theories and extremist message, and the leader of the national survivors’ group calls them “completely unacceptable.” “It’s […]

Some missing underwater cable found

Portions of missing underwater cables used to power a marine observatory and research program off the coast of Northern Norway have been found, but around a kilometer still has not been recovered. The cables appeared to have been cut, leaving the screens monitored by marine researchers black. A search for the missing cables has gone […]

Drama at Stortinget ends in resignation

UPDATED: The new and suddenly embattled president of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), Eva Kristin Hansen, had earlier refused to give up her second-most powerful position in Norway, even after breaking the Parliament’s own rules and exploiting its housing benefit. After a dramatic day that hit a climax when police announced Thursday evening they’d be investigating […]

Customs agents nabbed haul of dead birds

A group of hunters from Italy were recently stopped while boarding a ferry in Kristiansand, just before they were about to smuggle more than 2,000 small frozen dead birds out of the country. Among them were blackbirds and larks, which are illegal to hunt in Norway. The seizure was the result of quick coordination among […]

‘Police need help’ in a nervous Oslo

A recent rash of shootings, robberies and now even another threatening situation in broad daylight have suddenly raised questions about how safe a city Oslo really is. Norway’s new justice minister, poised to spread more police funding outside of Oslo, insists it is, while others claim the capital’s resources for law and order are spread […]

Wrongly jailed CEO ‘not bitter’

Thorleif Enger, former chief executive of the large state-controlled fertilizer producer Yara, was charged, indicted, arrested and even briefly jailed for corruption before a court cleared him six years later. Now, at the age of 78, he’s won millions in compensation from the state and insists he’s not bitter. “It was reasonably dramatic,” Enger told […]