Restaurants reach for Michelin stars

Two new restaurants have joined the ranks of Oslo’s most exclusive eateries after each receiving a star in the new Michelin Guide. The three existing Michelin-starred restaurants in Oslo all kept their status, and there are now so many high-ranked restaurants in northern Europe that Michelin will release a dedicated Nordic restaurant guide for the […]

US embassy construction halt

The controversial and long-delayed construction of a new US Embassy at Huseby on the outskirts of Oslo has ground to a halt after a conflict between two of its main building contractors. About 130 workers were laid off, the threat of litigation looms, and the project risks further delays. The principal contractor Walsh Global LLC […]

Breivik lawyer tipped in Oslo mayor run

The Oslo branch of the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) needs a star candidate to stand any chance of ousting popular long-term mayor Fabian Stang in the municipal elections next year. Party insiders are reportedly considering lawyer Geir Lippestad for the role, who rose to prominence when he represented convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Oslo FrP replaces outspoken leader

The Oslo branch of the Progress Party (Fremsrittspartiet, FrP) promoted former deputy Camilla Wilhelmsen its new leader, after controversial branch leader Christian Tybring-Gjedde quit the role earlier this month. Wilhelmsen was chosen unanimously by the nominations commitee. “I have worked for FrP for many years, I am very fond of the party,” she said. “It’s […]

Oslo Progress Party leader steps down

Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, FrP) politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde announced on Monday he’s standing down as leader of the party’s Oslo chapter. The resignation took many party members by surprise, but the outspoken and often controversial politician said leadership is tough, and it’s time others did their share. Tybring-Gjedde told newspaper Aftenposten he won’t stand for re-election […]

Street parking cuts to improve city flow

Authorities in Oslo plan to ban parking on many streets or raise parking fees, in a bid to get more drivers to use parking garages instead. The City Council hopes the plan will free up the streets for trams and buses, which would no longer be held up while drivers maneuver into park places, slowly […]

Fire in the sky as winter approaches

Norway may be heading into the longest nights of the year, but the dark season known as mørketiden also tends to serve up some spectacular sunsets. On Friday we caught this colorful view of the west Oslo district called Filipstad with some of the famous museums at Bygdøy fading into the deep shadow of an […]

Police may move into old US Embassy

The US Embassy in Oslo could be turned into a police station when the American diplomats move out in a couple of years. A recent police report on growing crime in Norway’s capital floated the idea, but the city’s preservation agency doesn’t think it’s a good one. The current US Embassy is located close to […]

12,000 photos set Oslo in motion

VIDEO FEATURE: Oslo in Motion is the title of  a new video by artist Kristian Larsen, who has combined thousands of still photos to portray Norway’s capital in a novel way. The photos were shot mostly with a hand-held camera at various Oslo hotspots over a two-week period in May. Oslo in Motion from Kristian […]

Oslo is world’s costliest for expats

Oslo has overtaken Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city for expatriate workers, a survey by international human resources organization ECA has found. Stavanger holds the third position. The strength of Norway’s krone against major currencies is still the key factor that increases the cost of living for foreigners in Norway. Between Oslo and Stavanger, the […]