An oak tree in Ås adorns Erna’s cards

Lots of Norwegians likely spent time this weekend writing traditional Christmas cards and getting them in the post. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her staff have been doing the same, with this year’s card featuring a wintry scene and an old oak tree in Ås. Norway’s prime minister draws a county name every year to […]

Brits whine over Christmas tree from Oslo

So much for glad tidings and good will – Oslo officials’ traditional gift of a Christmas tree for London’t Trafalgar Square was being ridiculed as everything from skinny to forlorn. Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen, who was in London for its lighting this week, defended her city’s gift as “a genuine tree from a genuine forest” […]

Halloween spending soars in Norway

A new survey indicates that only a minority of Norwegians celebrate Halloween, but those who do are spending record amounts. Retailers’ revenues have quadrupled in the past three years, after they wised up to the profit potential and started promoting the holiday heavily. Figures from the new survey conducted by research firm YouGov for Danske […]

DNT reports another record summer

Norway’s popular national hiking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) could report another “super summer” this year. Record numbers of hikers and nature lovers stayed at DNT hytter (cabins), with many reporting double-digit increases in overnight guests. DNT reported a total of 65,000 overnight stays at its cabins, many of which are self-service. The Svukuriset hytte […]

‘Code of Conduct’ for Lofoten tourists

UPDATED: “Welcome to Lofoten,” but follow some rules, read signs and brochures now greeting tourists who flock to the scenic archipelago in Northern Norway during the summer months. Residents and officials have resorted to issuing a “Code of Conduct” in several languages after growing weary of tourists’ garbage, illegal camping, invasion of private property and even […]

Summer holiday budgets trimmed

Norwegians aren’t spending quite as much on their summer holidays this year. A recent survey shows a 6 percent decline on average as compared to last year. The survey, conducted by research firm Respons Analyse for Sparebank1, shows that Norwegians on average planned to spend NOK 16,713 (nearly USD 2,000). That’s down from NOK 17,866 […]

Summer holidays drown in cold rain

Norwegians from north to south were all but drowning in chilly rain or even snow as their traditional month-long summer holidays began this week. While the rest of Europe is sweltering in a heat wave, Norway seemed caught in an unusual cold snap with temperatures due to drop in the most southern parts of the […]

‘Flyskam’ won’t halt summer holidays

School’s out, Parliament has closed and Norway’s traditional month-long summer holiday period began this week with some welcome sunshine and warmer temperatures. Norwegians’ travel plans still don’t seem to be disrupted by flyskam, the new Swedish term for being ashamed to fly because of climate concerns. “Are we ashamed enough to drop flight plans?” asked […]

Fireworks set off complaints

Two major private fireworks displays on weeknights in Oslo last week have sent complaints soaring almost as high and as loud as the fireworks themselves. Residents complained that children were woken up, dogs started barking and lots of smoke lingered over the downtown area. The first fireworks display on Wednesday night was connected to a […]

Snow chills long weekend plans

Just as thousands of Norwegians were set to head off on Wednesday for a long holiday weekend, many of them woke up to more snow. State meteorologists were warning against driving up to the mountains, or over them. “There are several centimeters of snow on the ground and we’re back to real winter driving conditions,” […]