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 […]

Christmas tree on its way to London

Oslo’s mayor and the British ambassador to Norway ceremoniously helped chop down a large Norwegian spruce tree on the outskirts of the capital this week, proving that at least some traditions are intact even during the Corona crisis. The tree, an annual gift from Oslo to the people of London during the Christmas holidays, is […]

Norwegians hit the road

Instead of flying off on their summer holidays this year, nearly 80 percent of all Norwegians will be driving around Norway instead. A new survey tracking Corona virus effects said many will also be staying home or heading for their hytter (holiday cabins). More than 1,000 Norwegians polled by research firm Opinion indicate they won’t […]

Holiday restrictions spur ‘boat bonanza’

Another sign of Norway’s fundamentally stong economy has sailed into local headlines lately: Norwegians are buying boats like never before. Sales of both new and used boats are showing huge increases, and prices are rising. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 33 years in the boat business,” Anders Topland at Grimstad Bådsenter on […]

Video: Earlier cheers on the 17th of May

SEE THE VIDEO: Country, colours, ceremony and cheer – that’s what Norway’s Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May are usually all about. Everything is different this year, because of the Corona crisis, so we put together a look at earlier celebrations that also show why the 17th of May is so important, and […]

A ‘different’ May 17th remained festive

SEE THE PHOTOS: This year’s celebration of Norway’s annual Constitution Day holiday on the 17th of May will go down in history for its cancelled parades, scaled-down ceremonies and Corona virus-induced social distancing. It remained festive in the capital, though, as Norwegians made the best of a difficult situation. Spirits were definitely raised when the […]

Royals went on display after all

After weeks of announcements that the royal family wouldn’t be waving to the masses as usual on the 17th of May, King Harald V and some of his closest family members made an appearance anyway. Then they set off on a surprise drive around Oslo in open vintage cars, including a swing through the grounds of […]

Secrets swirled around the 17th

UPDATED: Norway’s most important holiday of the year was heading into the history books as Norwegians prepared for their strangest 17th of May ever. No one even knew where King Harald V would be spending the Corona-hit holiday that celebrates Norway’s constitution and independence, as events were kept secret to keep crowds from gathering. With […]

Corona closed the Liberation jubilee

The 75th anniversary of Norway’s Liberation Day on Friday was supposed to be a major public celebration, where war veterans would be honoured as well. Ceremonies instead had to be scaled back and closed to the public, because of the Corona virus crisis that has served as a reminder of just how fragile freedom and […]