Category: News

International Whaliing Commission

Japan leaves whaling commission

Joining Norway and Iceland, Japan will again practice commercial hunting of minke whales Pieter Wijnen Norway Today Japan has announced it will leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling. The other...

Northernmost bank robbery goes south

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, is the unlikely site of an armed bank robbery The Local An armed man has robbed a bank in the world’s northernmost settlement on Norway’s remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, but he...

“Be kind,” says King

His Majesty King Harald’s New Year’s speech for 2019 Translated by Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American We all carry something precious within ourselves that is our own. It is a compass that no...

Skier Petter Northug retires

Cross-country skiing loses a “rock star” Pieter Wijnen Norway Today In front of a large press corps in Trondheim, a groomed 32-year-old announced that his long and eventful career as a cross-country superstar is...

Norway now leads Mine Ban Treaty

The 1997 agreement prevents landmine use and helps to clear once-affected areas Ministry of Foreign Affairs On Nov. 30, Norway took over the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty. “During our presidency, we will...

Norwegian forests

Forests protected

Norway protects 40 additional forested areas in eight counties Pieter Wijnen Norway Today The decision, announced Dec. 14, is a step toward the goal of protecting 10 percent of Norwegian forested areas. In total,...

Solberg wins first Global Citizen Prize

The Norwegian prime minister’s commitment to equal rights for women earns her this recognition Global Citizen Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been awarded the inaugural Global Citizen Prize for a World Leader for...

Twain a tailfin hero

The American author joins Norwegian’s fleet of famous faces Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo America’s beloved literary icon, Mark Twain, is the latest hero to join Norwegian’s growing roster of historic figures showcased on its...

Carlsen retains his chess title

After a string of draws, the Norwegian crushed challenger Caruana in rapid play Pieter Wijnen Norway Today Magnus Carlsen defended his World Champion title with bravado against the challenger Fabiano Caruana. The final games...

Powered by dead fish

Organic waste will soon be used to power Hurtigruten’s green cruise ships Holly Winter Hurtigruten Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is powering some of its ships with liquefied biogas (LBG)—fossil-free, renewable gas...