The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2014

During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen. By Dennis Betzholz  in Tromsø, Norway more... Comment ]

Remembering Norway: What Germany Can Learn from the Attacks

Remembering Norway: What Germany Can Learn from the Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

Norway's Anders Behring Breivik and Germany's neo-Nazi terrorist group the NSU both committed murders based on far-right ideology. The difference between the two is that while Norway managed to reach a sensible verdict in its case, Germany still has a long way to go to rehabilitate itself in the eyes of victims. An Editorial By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Humpbacks and Orcas: Surprise Whale Sightings in Norway

Humpbacks and Orcas: Surprise Whale Sightings in Norway

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 21, 2012

Amateur photographer Espen Bergersen's career took a serendipitous turn when he spotted an unusual winter appearance of whales near his hometown in northern Norway. His spectacular images, marked by eerie polar light, were made possible by the changing migratory patterns of fish. By Renuka Rayasam more... Comment ]

Norway's New Foreign Minister: 'Exploitation of Arctic Resources Will Happen'

Norway's New Foreign Minister: 'Exploitation of Arctic Resources Will Happen'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2012

The Arctic is changing at a breathtaking pace, which has oil and gas companies flocking to the region. SPIEGEL ONLINE talks to Norway's new Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide about the dangers of resource extraction and China's role in the High North. more...

21 Years in Prison: Breivik Gets the Verdict He Wanted

21 Years in Prison: Breivik Gets the Verdict He Wanted

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2012

On Friday, a court in Norway sentenced Anders Breivik, who admitted to killing 77 people in premeditated attacks, to at least 21 years in prison. The judged deemed Breivik to be sane and handed down the country's maximum permissible sentence. Prosecutors had hoped he would be declared insane. By Espen A. Eik and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Paradise Lost: Did the Breivik Massacre Change Norwegian Politics?

Paradise Lost: Did the Breivik Massacre Change Norwegian Politics?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2012

After last July's massacre in Oslo and on Utøya island, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg helped his people cope with unimaginable loss. The country wanted to demonstrate the power of democracy and tolerance. But one year later, the cracks are beginning to show in this image. By Anna Reimann in Oslo and Utøya  more... Comment ]

Final Day of Testimony: Breivik and Defense Claim Sanity

Final Day of Testimony: Breivik and Defense Claim Sanity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2012

In the last day of his trial, Anders Breivik and his lawyer sought to convince the court that the mass killer can be held responsible for his actions. The defense formally asked for his acquittal, however, saying the right-wing extremist's acts were conducted in self-defense. If given a guilty verdict, the mass murderer wants to be considered sane and given a prison sentence. more... Comment ]

Norway's Gender Quota: A Laboratory for the Advancement of Women

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2012

The heated political debate continues in Germany over whether or not the country needs a gender quota at the highest levels of the private sector. Norway introduced such measures years ago -- and they have been extremely effective. What are the secrets of the country's success? By Anna Reimann  in Oslo more...

Renewable Energy Ambitions: Norway Wants to Become Europe's Battery

Renewable Energy Ambitions: Norway Wants to Become Europe's Battery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2012

Because wind and solar energy are inconsistent, energy managers are looking for ways to fill in the gaps when it is dark outside and the air is still. A Norwegian company wants to turn hydroelectric power stations in the north into Europe's battery packs. By Christoph Seidler more...

Anders Breivik's World: How Sick Is Norway's Mass Murderer?

Anders Breivik's World: How Sick Is Norway's Mass Murderer?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2012

Seventy-seven people died in the attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya last July. The central question in the trial of the perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, is whether or not he is criminally liable. There is much to suggest that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Can a delusional person be punished for their crimes? By Gisela Friedrichsen more...