Ingebrigtsen shines at Bislett Games

Middle-distance runner Henrik Ingebrigtsen smashed the Norwegian record when he finished fourth in the “dream mile” at the Bislett Games on Wednesday night. It was an eventful evening on and off the track, with Greenpeace activists stopping traffic as they protested against the games’ major sponsor, oil giant Exxon Mobil. Ingebrigtsen held the standing Norwegian […]

Squatters evicted from Oslo lot

Oslo police broke up the long-standing squatters’ community of Brakkebygrenda in Gamlebyen on Wednesday morning, after members of the self-described “ecological urban living alternative” ignored eviction notices. About 20 people were forcibly removed, and two were arrested after shooting fireworks at police. Police used riot vans to block off the street, before officers and firefighters […]

Activists storm Statoil rig in Arctic

Greenpeace activists boarded a Statoil rig in the early hours of Tuesday morning while it was en route to begin oil exploration work near the remote and protected island of Bjørnøya, after a suspension on drilling was overturned. The protestors said oil activity is too risky in the vulnerable Arctic region, while Statoil condemned the […]

Whaling season makes waves

The number of boats taking part in Norway’s annual whale hunt is low again this summer, continuing the decline in participation and demand for whale meat that has been seen over the last few years. A proposal by the Fisheries Minister to export whale to Japan drew mixed reactions from the Norwegian industry, while a […]

Activists give up ‘monster mast’ fight

Norway’s state-owned power grid enterprise Statnett has quietly completed a fourth of its controversial new power line project on the north side of the Hardanger Fjord. Environmental activists and a long list of community leaders and politicians were bitterly opposed to what they called “monster masts,” but are now giving up two years of civil […]