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Norway child abuse victims were let down by authorities: investigation

The head of a committee appointed by the Norwegian government agency to investigate historical child abuse cases says that victims of serious abuse were let down by welfare services.

Rainy Norwegian city gets wet weather every single day in June

While other parts of Europe are enjoying record-breaking heat, Bergen is having one of the wettest months in living memory.

Norway offers oil firms record number of Arctic blocks

Norway on Wednesday proposed to open up a record number of blocks in the Barents Sea to oil exploration despite protests from environmentalists and others fearing possible damage to the Arctic region.

Controversial Utøya memorial to be rethought

Norway's government said Wednesday that a controversial memorial for the victims of Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 terrorist attack would be rethought, in order to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit by local residents.

Eight cars burn in latest suspected Oslo arson

Police in Oslo are investigating whether two fires involving eight cars in the early hours of Wednesday were started deliberately.

Norwegian Muslim plans liberal mosque in Oslo

A new, gay-friendly mosque planned in Oslo will allow female imams and men and women praying together.

Religious leaders join forces in Oslo to protect rainforests

Religious leaders around the world met Monday in Oslo to urge further efforts to fight deforestation that is wiping out thousands of square kilometres of rainforests each year.

Norway opposition leader: secrecy over terror report is 'shame' for government

The Norwegian government's secrecy over a terror contingency report is a break with the country's culture of openness, says Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of the opposition Labour Party.

16-year-old pleads guilty in Norway double murder case

A 16-year-old has pleaded guilty of the murders of Tone Ilebekk and Jakob Hassan in December 2016.

OPINION: Why good relations between Norway and Russia are necessary – and achievable

The peace movement in Norway has its hands full. We are at a risky and uncertain point in the history of the High North – a dangerous one, even. But there are opportunities and brighter prospects, argues our guest columnist Hedda Langemyr.

Off the beaten track in Finnskogen, Eastern Norway

A unique history, vast forests and a wide array of activities make little-known Finnskogen a destination of choice for nature lovers, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Arson suspected in Oslo school fire: police

Several youths were arrested and questioned after a gymnastics hall and administration building at the Toppåsen School in the Oslo district of Holmlia burned to the ground.

EU (and EEA) roaming charges finally come to an end: What you need to know

Those pricey EU mobile phone roaming charges that frequently led to a ruined holiday are finally being scrapped from Thursday. That also means the end of roaming charges for EEA member Norway. Here's what you need to know about the change.

History of Norway's indigenous Sami and Kven people to get inquiry

A commission will be appointed to map out the history of Norway's Sami and Kven people, after a proposal received parliamentary support Tuesday.

Norwegian Red Cross calls for security patrols at Trolltunga

Bernt Apeland, general secretary of the Norwegian Red Cross, said things can not continue as they are today after visiting the vertigo-inducing tourist attraction.

Norwegian jewellery shop staff threatened with gun during raid

Norwegian police are looking for three people who are suspected of carrying out an armed raid on a jeweller's shop in Oslo on Monday.

VIDEO: Norway makes world's biggest chess board

A world record for the biggest chess board was set in the town of Brekstad in Norway's Sør-Trøndelag region on Sunday.

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools

The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.

Youths 'stay out too late': Norwegian neighbourhood rep after arson, stone throwing

A city representative in a troubled neighbourhood in Oslo has said that youths in the area are staying out too late after a string of vandalism and arson incidents.

Norway mass killer Breivik changes his name

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, his lawyer said on Friday, the day after the country's Supreme Court rejected the neo-Nazi killer's case over "inhumane" prison conditions.

Uber threatens to drive out of Norway

Ride-sharing app Uber says it wants to continue operating in Norway, but will leave the country if authorities do not approve a number of proposals for changes to its trading conditions.

'An earthquake': How Norway reacted to UK election

Norwegian politicians and commentators foresee an increasingly difficult Brexit after Britain's governing Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in last night's general election.

Rebuffed in Norway, Breivik takes case to European rights court

Neo-Nazi mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will take his case over his "inhumane" prison conditions to the European Court of Human Rights, his lawyer said Thursday.

Thousands of Norwegians asked to report their cycling routes

The many routes taken by cyclists through town are set to be mapped in nine different parts of Norway in the hope of improving cycling infrastructure.

Norway police release 'Gangsta's Paradise' parody in protest at reforms

A quirky music video made by Norwegian police to protest against unpopular government reforms has been released, featuring edgy shower scenes and language-bending satire.

Norway to spend more on teachers, fighting sea pollution in new budget

Norway's coalition government has reached agreement with its parliamentary allies for a revised national budget which reallocates 400 million kroner of state funds.

Man who 'threatened' Norway police shot in Bergen

A 36-year-old man was shot by police in the city of Bergen Tuesday morning after he threatened officers with a weapon.

A trip back in time: Blaafarveværket and the Cobalt Mines

Interested in Norwegian art and history? Blaafarveværket and the Cobalt Mines at Modum make for a great day trip from Oslo, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Great news next spring for Norwegian 'squeeze day' lovers

If you've been enjoying the 'inneklemte' bank holidays this spring, you're in for a treat in 2018.

Middle East tensions push up Norwegian oil prices

North Sea oil was once again traded for more than $50 per barrel on Monday, after several Arabic states cut their ties with Qatar.

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