1.2 million saw World Championship thriller

Norway’s national women’s handball team has a special place in the hearts of Norwegian sports fans. Fully 1.2 million of them, nearly a quarter of the country’s entire population, tuned in to watch the so-called “handball girls” in another World Championship final on Sunday that turned into an unexpected thriller. The team faced off against […]

New Nobel Laureate blasts Facebook

Maria Ressa, one of two journalists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to protect democracy through freedom of speech and information, lashed out at social media and big tech firms at the prize ceremony in Oslo on Friday. She accused them of allowing, even prioritizing, a “toxic sludge” of lies, hatred […]

NRK’s Emmy set off more debate

Loved abroad but criticized at home in Norway, state broadcaster NRK’s TV series Atlantic Crossing’s international Emmy award last week has been ridiculed just like the series was. Norwegian critics and historians blasted it for falsifying history and exaggerating the late Crown Princess Martha’s influence over US President Franklin D Roosevelt. “We should congratulate NRK and the […]

NRK’s election ratings soared

More than a million Norwegians were glued to their televisions Monday night when both state broadcaster NRK and the national commercial station TV2 carried non-stop coverage of the parliamentary election and its results. NRK won the ratings battle hands down. Fully 949,000 viewers tuned in to NRK just from 9-11pm, when election returns started coming […]

Changes ahead for NewsInEnglish.no

This is a “Letter from the Editor” of sorts, addressed especially to readers who’ve followed NewsInEnglish.no since its launch in 2009. I’d like to thank you for your interest in views and news from Norway, and mention that the emphasis will be now be on the former rather than the latter. The media world has […]

NRK plans to move across town

Norway’s state broadcaster NRK will be moving from its iconic but crowded and outdated home of more than 70 years in Oslo’s Marienlyst neighbourhood. The country’s version of the BBC will relocate to a nearly four-acre site in the Ensjø district near Tøyen, where a new modern complex will house around two-thirds of the state-funded […]

‘TIX’ clicked with Eurovision fans

Norwegian singer-songwriter Andreas Haukeland, better known as “TIX,” was the first to be named Tuesday night as a finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Both a professional jury and members of the public clearly thought his song, Fallen Angel, was worthy of a second performance before the world’s largest audience this weekend. There […]

Norway tops press freedom index again

Norway and the other Nordic countries enjoy the highest levels of press freedom in the world, according to a survey by Reporters Without Borders, an international watchdog group. Its annual ranking of 180 countries also found that independent journalism is fully or partly blocked in 73 percent of them.  Norway tops the ranking for the […]

‘Atlantic Crossing’ crossed the Atlantic

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has confirmed that its dramatization of Crown Princess Martha’s role during World War II is “mostly fiction.” The NRK series Atlantic Crossing has now been aired on PBS’ venerable Masterpiece Theater in the US, where hundreds of thousands of Norwegian-Americans may not be aware that it’s far from being factually correct. When […]

Norwegian’s Hong Kong documentary nominated for an Oscar

A documentary on the demonstrations in Hong Kong that was directed by Norwegian journalist Anders Hammer is among those nominated for an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. Hammer spent several months on the front lines of Hong Kong residents’ desperate attempts to preserve their democracy, amidst brutal repression ordered from Beijing. Hammer’s “Do Not […]