Record warmth in Bergen

Summer apparently isn’t over yet, with clear, sunny weather in much of Southern Norway and rain on the West Coast giving way to warm sunshine as well. So warm, that it set another record on Thursday. “Bergen has been lucky today,” state meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerli told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday. “The warm spell […]

Norway likely to end ‘winter time’

The European Union’s plans to stop switching between standard time and daylight savings time has set off calls to do the same in Norway. Newspapers are already editorializing that Norway should retain the latter, locally known as sommertid, all year long. Summertime is simply much more popular than wintertime, and many Norwegians dread the day […]

White wine flowed in the summer heat

For the first time ever, Norwegians drank more white wine than red wine in July. Red wine has always dominated the market in Norway, but this summer’s record high temperatures for weeks on end clearly led to a change in preferences. The numbers presented by state wine monopoly (Vinmonopolet) that controls and distributes retail sales […]

Government rejects more farm crisis aid

Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale has turned down farmers’ demands for more crisis aid after this summer’s drought, at least for now. The farmers aren’t the only ones hollering for help either, with horse stables and golf courses facing destruction and financial losses, too. Dale and Prime Minister Erna Solberg responded once again to the […]

‘Russ’ take partying and brawls abroad

Norway’s notorious high school seniors known as “russ” have landed in trouble this summer, after exporting their rowdiness and rivalries to holiday spots in the Mediterranean. Hotel, restaurant and bar owners on the Greek islands of Kos and Ios have had their fill of young Norwegians “who feel they have a right to do what […]

More rain in the forecast

Norwegian meteorologists were forecasting rain over much of the country during the next few days. It still won’t be enough to end Norway’s drought but it can provide some relief. Temperatures have also fallen from the record highs logged in July, and were expected to remain in the low- to mid-20sC. More hot weather was […]

Tourist killed after ignoring warnings

A 38-year-old Austrian tourist was killed on Sunday afternoon after he allegedly ignored warnings and wandered beyond the chains that cordon off the Nigard Glacier in the mountains of central Norway. As many as nine others had done the same, but escaped injury when a massive ice block broke off the glacier and crashed into […]

Minister broke more government rules

A political storm continued to swirl around Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg through the weekend. Now he admits that he took his government-issued mobile phone with him not only on his highly controversial summer holiday trip to Iran, but also to China this past spring. Several of his conservative Progress Party colleagues are as angry with […]

Warmest July ever in Norway

It’s official and hardly comes as a surprise: July 2018 was the warmest on record. The year so far also boasts the highest number of so-called tropenetter, with 40 nights when the temperature did not fall below 20C (69F) in certain areas. That compares to only one in the first seven months of last year. […]

Tourists caught in ‘chaos’ on Rhodes

Around 1,000 Norwegians on holiday in Greece were among those stranded by reportedly “technical problems” at the airport on Rhodes Sunday. They resorted to sleeping on the floor of the terminal and in hotel lobbies, while they waited to head home. “We can’t promise anything, but I hope and think that they’ll all get flights […]