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Oslo wins another Michelin star
Not only are Norwegian athletes raking in honours at the Winter Olympics, the country’s chefs are doing rather well, too. When the Michelin Guide handed out its stars on Monday, all five of Norway’s winners kept theirs while a new Oslo restaurant won one, too. Björn Svensson stuck again. The formerly Swedish chef who landed […]
Even more gold for skater, ski jumpers
Norway won its first-ever Olympic gold medal in team ski jumping on Monday, and its first gold in the 500-meter speed skating event in 70 years. The victories added to the country’s already impressive haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, after having claimed 28 medals as of Monday evening, ahead of Germany with […]
Utøya terror film stirs up debate
Young Norwegian actress Andrea Berntzen won a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday for her performance in a new film about a right-wing terrorist’s attack on the island of Utøya in 2011. The film itself was said to be so powerful that it was met by stunned silence, some booing but also […]
Expansion looms for former Olympic ski resorts 
Investors have big plans for the two Norwegian ski resorts Hafjell and Kvitfjell. The new owners claim it will represent the biggest investment since both were first developed for the Olympics at Lillehammer in 1994. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that state-owned Investinor sold its 49 percent stake in Alpinco, the company that owns and […]
Opposition to Melgaard can be personal
Bjarne Melgaard is widely viewed as Norway’s leading contemporary artist, but he’s attracted strong opposition to his major project that would combine his art with his residence and workplace. Melgaard suspects the opposition is aimed more at himself personally than his controversial “House to Die In.” He’s not alone. “Bjarne can gladly be viewed as […]
Melgaard mellows on disputed ‘House’
After years of heated conflict, Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard seems more keen to come to terms with potential neighbours of his controversial “House to Die In.” A public exhibition of new plans for the house in Oslo shows “adjustments” aimed at accommodating neighbours, while Melgaard even is open to building it at another location. “You […]
Super Sunday, and the world notices
It was a wonderful weekend for Norway at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, with more medals that catapulted Norwegian athletes into the top spot with another week of competition ahead. Sports fans back home were also enjoying some international recognition, after major media outlets declared Norway as dominant. “Olympics Buzz: Norway’s dominance in winter […]
New US ambassador settles in
Norway has a  new US ambassador, after Republicans readily confirmed US President Donald Trump’s choice of a retired rear admiral, Kenneth J Braithwaite. His arrival comes just over a year after the US ambassador’s mansion in Oslo was vacated by Sam Heins, former US President Barack Obama’s envoy. Heins had a short stay in Oslo, […]
Norway’s greatest Olympic day ever
Medals all but rained down on Norwegian athletes at the Winter Olympics on Thursday. February 15, 2018 will go down as a big day in the country’s sports history. More were streaming in on Friday, too. Aksel Lund Svindal wasn’t the only one to set off screaming by Norwegian commentators. His gold medal in the […]
Stock market slide hits the Oil Fund
Norway’s central bank (Norges Bank) once again gathered 300 of the country’s most powerful people Thursday night, to listen to its chief’s annual perspectives on the economy. Øystein Olsen warned that recent declines in stock markets around the world can weaken Norway’s enormous piggy bank known as the Oil Fund. What goes up must come […]
Storm battered west and roof collapsed
Warnings had been posted and they proved well-founded: Another severe storm moved in from the North Sea this week and caused damage up and down the coast. Heavy snow farther east, meanwhile, is believed to have caused the roof of a dance hall in Lillehammer to collapse. Meteorologists said that the new storm in the […]
Loss sends Norwegian Air shares into a dive
Shares in Norwegian Air were crashing on the Oslo Stock Exchange Thursday after the airline reported a large loss for the fourth quarter that was nearly double what analysts had expected. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that a poll of eight analysts had predicted a loss of between NOK 600 million and NOK 1 billion. […]
Good reviews, protests met ‘a-ha’ in Oslo
Norway’s legendary rock band a-ha was back home i Oslo last weekend and greeted by both good reviews and some protests outdoors. Demonstrators think the band should cancel an upcoming concert in Israel. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that both Israeli and Norwegian  supporters of the Palestinians wrote letters and staged a demonstration outside the Oslo Spektrum […]
Double victory for downhill racers
Sports commentators were screaming on Norwegian radio early Thursday morning after two of Norway’s alpine skiing stars swept to victory in the men’s downhill at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Aksel Lund Svindal’s gold medal made history again, while Kjetil Jansrud was delighted with his silver. Svindal never fails to impress, not only with […]
First women’s alpine medal in 82 years
Ragnhild Mowinckel skied her way into history in the Ladies Giant Slalom at the Winter Olympics. Norwegians woke up Thursday morning to their first Olympic medal in women’s alpine skiing since Laila Schou Nilsen won bronze in 1936. “Did this really happen?” Mowinckel asked Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) after she won silver. NRK could assure the […]
Farmers face far more inspections
Filth and animal neglect found at a series of farms in Rogaland, southwestern Norway, were branded as “completely unacceptable” by Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale after a meeting with farmers’ representatives. They admitted to “attitude problems” within the industry and now face far more frequent inspections nationwide. Lars Petter Bartnes, leader of the powerful national […]
Drunk staffer expelled from Olympics
A Norwegian man who was part of the Olympic teams’ support staff was arrested by police in PyeongChang late Monday night after he caused trouble while intoxicated. He was in the process of being sent home on Wednesday amidst apologies from the head of the Norwegian Olympic troop. “It’s deeply unfortunate that such things can […]
Kværner lands huge Statoil contract
Western Norway and several other communities around the country were celebrating this week after Norwegian industrial firm Kværner signed contracts on a project expected to generate 4,800 jobs. Kværner will build major sections of a large floating production and storage vessel (FPSO) for Statoil, prompting the mayor in Stord, where Kværner has a shipyard, to […]
Oil policy ‘firm’ but faces EU pressure
NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian government officials have been stressing lately that the country’s oil policy remains firm, even though new coalition colleagues have viewed it as stimulating too much risky exploration. Now EU competition authorities have been asked to review whether refunds of unprofitable exploration costs also amount to illegal state subsidy, raising new uncertainty in […]
Ski jumper could finally jump for joy
Maren Lundby, from the small town of Kolbu in Norway’s rural district of Toten, made her debut on the national women’s ski-jumpng team when she was 13 years old. Ten years and lots of downturns later she finally achieved her goal: A gold medal in the Winter Olympics. “It’s been the great goal and the […]