Behn funeral drew crowds, appeals

Funeral services for Norwegian author and artist Ari Behn were held at the Oslo Cathedral on Friday, attended by the entire royal family, government leaders and more than 800 others who lined up outside to get in. His suicide on Christmas Day has transformed how Norway deals with suicide, leading to more openness and an […]

New Year speeches all addressed suicide

King Harald, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the president of Norway’s Sami Parliament, Aili Keskitalo, all tackled the difficult issue of suicide in their traditional New Year addresses to the nation. King Harald won praise for what was called his “serious, warm, but authoritative” message to the Norwegian people. The monarch, stunned by his own […]

Failed suicide prompts 16-year jail term

A court in Larvik sentenced a 21-year-old man to 16 years in prison on Friday after his own failed suicide attempt resulted in murder charges. The 21-year-old chose to crash his car into an oncoming car at high speed, killing its driver and badly injurying the other drivers’ family members who were passengers. The court’s […]

Suicide attempt turned into murder case

Attorneys and judges in Telemark have been wrestling with a particularly difficult case of attempted suicide that went very wrong indeed. Now the 21-year-old man who tried to kill himself faces 16 years in prison for driving head-on into another car, killing the father who was driving and seriously injuring other family members as well. […]

Elverum stunned by murder-suicide

UPDATED: The small town of Elverum in Eastern Norway was mounting crisis teams over the weekend after police found the dead bodies of a 13-year-old boy and his father, in his 40s, in their home Friday evening. Police believe the man killed his son and then committed suicide himself. “That a father would take his […]