State visit ‘renews’ Chinese friendship

Norway’s King Harald V got some support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, both in the literal and figurative sense. Xi reportedly slowed his pace and helped the 81-year-old monarch up some stairs during state visit ceremonies in Beijing, and confirmed that the two countries are friends again. “With this visit we are renewing […]

King to speak up while in China

Norway’s King Harald V was winning praise after he said he would bring up human rights concerns during a meeting with China’s authoritarian president Xi Jinping this week. Norway’s leader of Amnesty International called the king’s stated intention to be on the offensive “very gratifying.” The monarch, who is on a state visit to China […]

More rape victims are seeking help

Just days after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced a Peace Prize that boosts awareness of sexual violence, comes news that rape remains a major problem in Norway itself. New statistics show a strong increase in the numbers of women seeking help from health centers that receive victims and can secure evidence of their alleged assaults. […]

Nobel spotlights sexual violence

The Norwegian Nobel Committee turned the spotlight on the horrors of sexual violence, especially as a weapon in war, when it awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a Congolese doctor who has treated victims for years and a young woman who’s been a victim herself. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were hailed […]

Nobel Prize wins praise of its own

This year’s winners of the Nobel Peace Prize were being widely viewed as especially worthy of it, even by one of the biggest critics of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. A young football player in Tromsø was also thrilled, after his “Uncle Denis” was named a Nobel Laureate. “This is huge, there aren’t words to describe […]

Royals are finally invited to China

The Chinese government kept Norwegian officials in suspense, but have finally followed through on a promised invitation to King Harald and Queen Sonja. The royals will leave next week for a week-long state visit, their first to China in 21 years. It confirms how a diplomatic freeze between Norway and China has thawed, even though […]

Nobel speculation embraces ‘MeToo’

With two new members, one of them decribed as “a hard-core realist,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee is believed to have engaged in particularly “hefty debate” this year over who will win the Nobel Peace Prize next week. Speculation among Oslo-based experts on the Peace Prize process has centered on nominees tied to the hard realities […]

Obama tickets sold for NOK 32,000

Former US President Barack Obama was due to arrive in Oslo on Wednesday, under vastly different circumstances than when he made a triumphant landing to accept his Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. This time Norwegians are paying him cash to come, and lots of it. Obama will be speaking to around 3,000 business leaders and […]

Chinese Embassy bashes Nobel leader

UPDATED: Berit Reiss-Andersen, a Norwegian attorney who leads the Norwegian Nobel Committee, is relieved and glad that the widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo has finally been released from house arrest in China. Now the committee may finally be able to present his Nobel Peace Prize posthumously, to her, while the Chinese Embassy in Oslo […]

Nobel Institute drops concert

After years of mounting an internationally televised concert in connection with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Norwegian Nobel Institute says it’s taking “temporary leave” to “re-think” the concert’s format and content. There will be no concert after this year’s prize is awarded in December, also a reflection of the concert’s “challenging financial situation” in […]