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Crew serenaded Paul Simon on Hurtigruten voyage
Legendary US singer Paul Simon took a holiday voyage on board one of Norway’s famed Hurtigruten coastal vessels last week, the Trollfjord. The crew ended up serenading him on his last night on board on Friday. “It was an honour to have Paul Simon on board,” wrote Hurtigruten officials on the vessel’s own Facebook page. “We can […]
Norway’s population rises again
Oslo has long been among Europe’s fastest-growing capitals. New statistics show that the overall population nationwide was up again at the end of last year. Norway had an official populati0n of 5,258,317 as of December 31, 2016. That’s up 44,300, or 0.9 percent, from the year before, and the largest increase was among men. State […]
Serial sex offender killed in prison
A 58-year-old man who was an inmate in one of Norway’s high-security prisons was killed during the weekend by a fellow inmate. It was the first murder inside a Norwegian prison since 1982. The victim, identified as Christian Alexander Borge, had been convicted of a series of sexual assaults on children. A representative for prison employees […]
No one caught in latest Svalbard slide
Authorities on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard could confirm Sunday evening that no one was missing or injured by yet another avalanche that slid down a mountainside in an area featuring holiday cottages known as hytter on Sunday afternoon. The area, known as Hjorthamn, is located just across the fjord from Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard’s […]
Norway poised to offer major emergency aid
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende announced late last week that the country will be donating up to NOK 1.6 billion (USD 195 million) in emergency aid over the next three years to Nigeria and the area around Lake Chad. The announcement came after Norway had co-hosted a donor conference for an estimated 11 million people […]
More gold medals for the women
Norway’s women skiers won more gold medals over the weekend but none of the men did as well. In one case, a member of the Norwegian men’s national ski team even had to excuse himself, for spoiling a race not only for himself but for host country Finland as well. “Anteeksi, Suomi” is what Emil […]
Convicted murderer pardoned in Congo
Joshua French, the former British-Norwegian soldier who’s been serving both death and life sentences for the murders of a Congolese taxi driver and his former business partner Tjostolv Moland, has been pardoned by the justice minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. French’s mother can claim a major share of the victory in getting her son released after nearly eight […]
Property tax bills skyrocket in Oslo
Tens of thousands of Oslo residents have been finding some shocking notices in both their electronic and conventional mailboxes during the past few days. The new property tax imposed by the Labour Party when it won control over the Oslo city government in 2015 has doubled or even tripled for many homeowners, and all indications are […]
Jobs moving out of Oslo, and Norway
Hundreds of public-sector jobs look set to be intentionally moved from the Norwegian capital of Oslo to other locations around the country, and, in the private sector, possibly out of the country. The pending job relocations are generating both outcry and some praise. The most reaction has erupted over the conservative state government coalition’s announcement that it plans […]
Ski officials still face harsh criticism
Even as the Nordic World Ski Championships opened in Lahti, Finland this week, and Norwegian skiers won both gold and bronze medals, the officials running their Oslo-based national skiing federation were facing more criticism. Now it’s been revealed that last year’s doping drama against one of Norway’s star skiers was kept secret even from the federation’s own […]
Norway’s singing sweetheart turns 70
Wenche Myhre has been singing and performing since she was 13 years old. Right after turning 70 last week, she filled the Oslo Spektrum Arena for a birthday bash with an orchestra conducted by her partner Anders Eljas, and made it clear she has no plans for leaving the limelight. “A dinner at home with the family, […]
Police reform ridiculed
Norwegian government officials have been catching a lot of criticism lately over various reforms they’re trying to carry out in the areas of defense, hospitals, local and county government and agriculture. Now their much hyped reform of how the state police will be organized is being ridiculed, by the police themselves. The reform was aimed at establishing […]
Virus forces hotel to close
An outbreak of the norovirus, which can cause severe stomach upset, has forced the popular Klækken Hotel in Ringerike to close for at least four days. Local health authorities reported on Thursday that around 230 people had fallen ill after working and staying at the hotel. Dr Karin Møller of the local health authority stressed that the […]
Unemployment rate declines
Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) has reported that unemployment declined on a national basis in December to 4.4 percent. That’s down from 4.7 percent in September, and DNB Markets said it was “unexpected.” DNB’s analysts had predicted that unemployment would remain steady at 4.7 percent but cautioned that the labour market remains weak. […]
Telenor finally sells troubled India unit
After years of heavy losses and regulatory conflicts, Norway’s large telecoms firm Telenor has finally pulled the plug on its operations in India. Its deal to sell long-troubled Telenor India to Bharti Airtel, at a stunning loss of NOK 25 million, was “the best we could manage,” claimed Telenor’s embattled chief executive Sigve Brekke. “Of course […]
Government hangs on in latest poll
Norway’s minority government coalition has gained some voter support, according to the most recent public opinion poll released on Thursday. It’s under heavy pressure, though, from the resurgent Center Party, which is riding a wave of discontent over government reforms that have pitted outlying districts against Oslo. The Center Party claimed 11.4 percent of the […]
WWF moves to halt a new wolf hunt
The Norwegian government, under heavy pressure from ranchers, hunters and others who feel threatened by wolves, is now seeking a quick change in the law that currently restricts a new wolf hunt. WWF, the international organization that champions protection of wildlife, quickly vowed on Wednesday that it will sue the government to block the move. “If politicians in […]
Avalanche forced delay in orchid delivery
Norway’s agriculture minister, Jon Georg Dale, had to cancel a trip to Svalbard with a delegation from Myanmar this week because of the “uncertain situation” on the Arctic archipelago. The delegation had planned to place seeds from threatened orchid plants inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Those plans were disrupted by the avalanche that rammed […]
Norway wins another Michelin star
A small sushi bar in Stavanger that started out as a take-away joint won Norway’s latest new star in the Michelin restaurant guide released on Wednesday. The exclusive Oslo restaurant Maaemo, meanwhile, kept all of its three Michelin stars, and thus its spot at the top of the world’s culinary establishments. Sabi Omakase, located on Pedersgata […]
Tempers flare over Norway’s new map
Norway’s conservative, reform-minded government has won support in Parliament to merge a wide range of local governments and counties as part of regional reform that will re-draw the country’s map. Government minister Jan Tore Sanner has been pushing to consolidate local governments to cut costs and bureaucracy, but the plan was meeting a torrent of objections and […]