E-coli found in the water on Utsira

It ranks as Norway’s smallest municipality, but the island community of Utsira was in the news on Wednesday as a new victim of contaminated drinking water. The roughly 200 people living on Utsira, plus visitors, were told to boil their water after local officials found traces of E-coli bacteria in it. Wind-swept Utsira, about an […]

Water crisis jars officials into action

The small community of Askøy on Norway’s West Coast is gathering residents for public meetings this week to calm fears after the local drinking water supply was contaminated. The Askøy crisis has shaken waterworks officials all over the country who have long postponed needed maintenance. “Both parents and children are scared,” Askøy’s acting mayor Bård […]

Bad water may have claimed new victim

A Haukeland University Hospital patient from Askøy who’d been admitted with stomach and intestinal infections has died. Askøy, just north of Bergen, has been plagued by contaminated water that’s already believed to have killed a one-year-old boy. Haukeland, the main hospital for the Bergen area, reported in a press release Thursday that tests conducted on […]

2,000 now ill from contaminated water

A holding pool for drinking water in Askøy outside Bergen hadn’t been inspected for several years. Around 2,000 local residents had fallen ill as of Sunday evening, after the water was found to have been contaminated by the E-coli bacteria. Askøy’s acting mayor confirmed during the Whitsund holiday weekend that no tests are likely to […]

Child’s death tied to drinking water scare

UPDATED: Norway is known for having some of the best drinking water in the world, but thousands of residents of Askøy near Bergen were being warned on Friday to boil their water before consumption. The warning comes after scores of local adults and children in Askøy have fallen ill, and now officials have found E.Coli […]

Low-paid hospital staff go out on strike

Mediation broke down during the night between hospital administrators and unions representing mostly non-medical hospital personnel who’ve been seeking better pensions. The unions thus pulled nearly 500 hospital workers out on strike from Wednesday morning. “We think it’s bloody unfair that the lowest-paid personnel in (Norwegian state-run) hospitals aren’t able to get pension benefits based […]

Bunad brigade won concessions

Norway’s health minister has listened to a grassroots uproar carried out by Norwegian women wearing their bunads. A much-criticized merger of hospital maternity wards in Kristiansund and Molde will at least be postponed. State health care administrators in the county of Møre og Romsdal decided late last week that the maternity wards won’t be consolidated […]

Bunad brigade back battling for babies

Around 200 women dressed in their traditional Norwegian bunads were back in battle mode on Tuesday, assembling in front of the Parliament in Oslo to demand a halt to closure and consolidation of maternity wards at small hospitals around the country. They met some resistance, though, from a clinic chief who thinks bigger facilities can […]

Young woman died from rabies infection

A Norwegian woman in her 20s who was bitten by a dog while traveling in Southeast Asia two months ago died Monday night. Hospital officials confirm that the woman was infected with the deadly rabies virus. She’s the first person to have contracted rabies on the Norwegian mainland since 1815. Rabies is extremely seldom on […]

Bunads turn into new battle gear

Regional Norwegian costumes known as a bunad have long been a symbol of national pride and identity, and worn on special or formal occasions. In recent weeks, however, they’ve suddenly become a symbol of protest by women battling to preserve local health care services and maternity wards. It all started earlier this year with a […]