King offers more encouragement

A casually dressed King Harald V sent some royal encouragement and sympathy to Norwegians struggling with the ongoing Corona crisis on Friday. Hundreds of thousands would normally be taking off on Easter holidays this weekend, but now they’re either stuck at home or hytter where they’re not allowed to have guests or traditional family gatherings. […]

Surrounding areas join Oslo shutdown

All 51 municipalities in Norway’s large Viken county that surrounds Oslo are now subject to most of the same strict anti-infection measures that already apply in the capital. The restrictions apply from midnight Monday and will extend until at least April 11. The expanded restrictions in Viken, which extends from the Swedish border in the […]

Corona haunts winter holidays

Norwegian schools are closed for winter holidays both this week and next in varying parts of the country, but health officials warn that no one can take a holiday from Corona virus containment rules. They were allegedly broken at one popular skiing destination in Oslo, which was swiftly closed by local authorities. Kikutstua is a […]

Holiday shoppers defied Corona

There are few signs that the Corona crisis put a freeze on holiday shopping, with sales brisk at most retail stores and soaring at online retailers. Officials at Norway’s largest bank, DNB, see “nothing that suggests a crisis” within the retail sector as a whole. “We’re seeing a strong increase despite the pandemic,” Ine Oftedahl, […]

New Year speeches help unify, console

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s monarch isn’t the only one holding a traditional New Year speech aimed at boosting national pride and unity. The prime minister and president of the Sami Parliament do so as well, and this year their addresses were more important than ever. King Harald V has already won kudos for his direct and […]

King offers hope and some consolation

It was probably one of the most direct and news-related royal holiday addresses ever: King Harald V used his annual speech to the nation on New Year’s Eve to console and support Norwegians after the country’s worst year since the Nazi German occupation during World War II. The monarch wasted no time in addressing the […]

Holiday sunshine before ‘jul deluge’

PHOTO FEATURE: Frosty weather and low December sunshine splashed briefly over southern Norway on the Christmas Day holiday, before being washed away by heavy wet snow that turned into more pouring rain. The sunny interlude prompted some brave souls to jump into the Oslo Fjord for a brisk “julevasken” (Christmas bathing). The first sunshine in […]

‘God jul’ holiday wishes from Oslo

There’s no snow in Norway’s capital as the Christmas holidays set in, just another example of how nothing seems to be like it should be this year. Lots of traditions, from large family gatherings to concerts and even Christmas Eve church services, have to be cast aside because of the Corona pandemic, and downtown Oslo […]

Stricter rules loom as infection rises

Norwegians were heading into the Christmas holidays with rising uncertainty, as state and local officials warned of more social restrictions to combat another rise in infection levels. A ban on flights from the UK, meanwhile, was extended. Few people probably need a Christmas break more than Health Minister Bent Høie and other state health authorities, who’ve […]

Norway braces for a very different ‘jul’

Christmas trees are in place, there are more holiday lights than ever and Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government is easing some restrictions on social gatherings. The holiday season known as “jul” in Norway won’t be the same, however, with warnings still in place against all large, traditional dinners, parties and travel. “We want everyone to […]