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,” […]

Man lost arm in 17th of May salute

A man in his 50s had to have his arm amputated at the elbow, after explosives he was loading into a canon for a traditional 17th of May salute last Friday went off during the loading process. Canons placed at historic sites around the country are still used for 21-gun salutes on national holidays and […]

‘Perfect’ weather for the 17th of May

The sun was shining or at least peeking out from Kirkenes in the north to Kristiansand in the south for Norway’s Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. Traditional parades, outdoor dancing, concerts and other special events were on tap all over the country. Celebrations started as early as 6am in some communities but […]

Security to be high on 17th of May

Norwegian police in small towns as well as the country’s cities will be armed, many for the first time, when Norway celebrates its Constitution Day on the 17th of May. Researchers are unsure whether Norwegians will feel safer or be offended by the sight of guns, even in discreet holsters. “I think it’s fine,” one […]

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 […]

May Day launched election campaigns

Thousands of Norwegians turned out all over the country for traditional workers’ rallies and parades on their May 1st Labour Day holiday. Top city officials in Oslo, meanwhile, used the occasion to launch their political campaigns for re-election this fall. “Dear comrades!” bellowed Raymond Johansen from the podium at Youngstorget, a central square in Oslo […]

Sunniest Easter holidays in years

Millions of Norwegians returned to work and school on Tuesday, after the sunniest and, according to officials in Norway, least eventful Easter holidays in years. Police reported that there wasn’t even any major traffic congestion either on the exodus over the Palm Sunday weekend or the return this past weekend. There were few if any […]

Royals headed for the hills

King Harald and Queen Sonja are among the hundreds of thousands of Norwegians who’ve traveled to higher elevations to spend the Easter holidays in the mountains. The royals have their own family cabin known as Prinsehytta in Sikkilsdalen, in the mountains just west of Gudbrandsdalen. “Sikkilsdalen is very important for us,” King Harald said during […]

Oslo, Trønder folks most eager to ski

Most Norwegians still enjoy heading out on a ski trip, especially those living in Oslo and the country’s central region of Trøndelag. New figures from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) indicates, however, that the classic winter sport has become somewhat less popular in recent years. SSB compared responses for the years 2011, 2014 and […]