Tributes roll in for Børretzen

Musicians, literary figures and songwriters were among those paying tribute to Odd Børretzen, who died over the weekend after a career spanning six decades. Børretzen was a multi-talented entertainer who among other things wrote around 30 books and also became a pop star at the age of 70. He was described as an author, poet, […]

Stoltenberg mourns mother’s death

Karin Stoltenberg, a veteran politician for Norway’s Labour Party and mother of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, died during the night after what her family said was a short illness. She was 80, and her death was being mourned not only by her prominent family but by top politicians and her party as well. The prime […]

Composer Nordheim dead at 78

Arne Nordheim, Norway’s most acclaimed contemporary composer, died over the weekend after a long illness. He was 78. “Nordheim will be remembered as one of our foremost composers,” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Anniken Huitfeldt, Norway’s government minister in charge of cultural affairs, called Nordheim “a great innovator” and a major figure within Norwegian and […]

Norwegians mourn legendary singer

Gustav Lorentzen, better known as “Ludvigsen” in the pop duo “Knutsen & Ludvigsen,” died suddenly while taking part in an orienteering event outside Bergen Wednesday evening. He was 62. The endearing musician was being mourned by colleagues and fans alike. “My friend, the great Gustav Lorentzen of legendary Norwegian psychedelic pop duo Knutsen & Ludvigsen, […]

Critic, actor laid to rest

Funeral services were held Thursday for Pål Bang-Hansen, a former child actor who became Norway’s best-known film critic. Bang-Hansen died just before the Easter holidays, age 72. His round face, glasses and lively commentary were among Bang-Hansen’s trademarks. He spent more than 40 years working for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), mostly as a film expert. Bang-Hansen […]

Norway loses another hero of Telemark

Jens-Anton Poulsson, one of the last surviving members of the Telemark sabotage operation during World War II that blocked German development of an atomic bomb, died on Tuesday, just over a month after the death of fellow war hero Knut Haugland. Poulsson was 91. Poulsson was a highly decorated member of the Norwegian Resistance, whose […]

War hero Haugland passes away quietly

The death of Knut Haugland, one of the so-called “Heroes of Telemark” and the last surviving member of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki crew, received wide coverage in major newspapers all over the world this week but not in Norway. The lack of immediate attention was in keeping, perhaps, with the highly decorated resistance fighter’s preference for a […]

Legendary politician dead at 103

Haakon Lie, widely viewed as a legend in Norwegian politics and a founder of the social welfare state, died Monday afternoon at the Oppsal nursing home on Oslo’s east side. He was 103, and had experienced a long lifetime of class struggle, war and emerging affluence. “He still kept looking forward, to the future, even […]

Arne Næss, philosopher and mountaineer, dead at 96

Arne Naess, a longtime and world-renowned philosophy professor at the University of Oslo, died on January 12 after a lifetime of advocating that all people should retain a playful streak. He often carried around a stuffed animal, and claimed he never really grew up himself. Naess died just two weeks short of his 97th birthday. […]

Author Anne-Cath Vestly laid to rest

Funeral services were being held in Oslo on Monday for one of Norway’s most cherished authors and entertainers. Anne-Cath Vestly, who wrote popular stories for children, died just before the Christmas holidays at an age of 89. Vestly was best known for her series about a grandmother who looked after and shared numerous adventures with […]