An exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery sheds light on the work of the Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup

Soon Jews will have no visible presence in the most prosperous nation on earth. No one is protecting them

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Norwegian retreat no longer exists, but his presence among the fjords is still felt 60 years after his death


The 2nd Oslo Freedom Forum has opened at the city’s Grand hotel, just opposite the parliament building. Last year, the square in front of the hotel was packed with Tamil protesters carrying posters criticizing the Sri Lankan government and supporting the Tamil Tigers.  This year there are no protesters at all (so far) in the street but the entrance to the hotel is blocked by heavily armed Norwegian police and the lobby is packed with big Slavic-looking men in ill-fitting suits and wires coming out of their ears.