The Halden Prison, which just opened a few years ago, is set to be expanded by 100 cells. PHOTO: Justisdepartementet

Government to build new jails

After suffering a severe shortage of jail space for years, Norway's conservative government has proposed building no less than four new prisons and expanding cell space at existing prisons. Justice Minister … [READ MORE...]

Health Minister Bent Høie of the Conservatives could finally drop a proposed change to Norway's abortion law that was initiated by the Christian Democrats party but which neither of the two government parties really wanted. The proposal also set off massive public protests, with the Conservatives catching most of the blame. PHOTO: Heiko Junge / NTB Scanpix

Hospital battle heads into court

After years of bitter controversy and rivalry between two central Norwegian cities, Health Minister Bent Høie named Molde on Friday as the site of a new hospital meant to serve both it and Kristiansund. … [READ MORE]

Officials at biochemical producer Borregaard have reason to smile, as the company profits on Norway's weaker krone. Here, they were celebrating the opening of a new addition to its biogas factory last week. PHOTO: Borregaard

Norway can win on its weaker krone

Norway's oil sector may be slumping along with oil prices, but lots of other Norwegian companies are benefiting from the recent plunge in the value of the country's currency, the krone. All the talk of an … [READ MORE]

Long delays for would-be immigrants

It's taking immigration officials in Norway longer than ever to process applications for residence and work permits, also in cases involving the foreign spouses of Norwegian citizens. One case has taken 10 … [READ MORE]

Thousands of alleged traitors were put n trial in Norway after World War II. Among the most notorious was Henry Rinnan, who was  a Norwegian agent for Nazi German occupiers and known for torturing fellow Norwegians. He was executed in 1947. PHOTO: Kildenett/Trondelag fylke

Sealed treason archives to open

National archives containing court files from Norway's postwar trials into Nazi compliance are about to be opened, after having been sealed for 70 years. Information on why thousands of Norwegians were … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

Future unclear for new ‘Lilyhammer’

As the last episode in the third season of the Norwegian TV series Lilyhammer was set to air on state broadcaster NRK1 Wednesday night, uncertainty flew over whether there will be a fourth season. NRK, which … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: Samferdselsdepartementet/Olav Heggø

Pilots warn skies becoming unsafe

A group of pilots protested in front of Norway's Parliament this week, demanding a return to more airline regulation. They fear that a trend allowing airlines to avoid national labour laws and employer taxes … [READ MORE]

Bokser Cecilia Brækhus jubler etter seieren over Myriam Lamare fra Frankrike i tittelkampen i weltervekt-klassen under Nordic Fight Night i Frederikshavn lørdag kveld. Foto: Vegard Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Norway lifts its ban on boxing

After hours of debate, an albeit slim majority of Members of Parliament voted to end Norway's ban on boxing Tuesday evening. Now world champion Cecelia Brækhus of Norway will legally be able to defend her … [READ MORE]


Petter Northug

Northug can train during ‘jail time’

Disgraced Norwegian skier Petter Northug has been allowed to serve his prison … [READ MORE...]


Justice minister settles asylum conflict

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen of the conservative Progress Party has been … [READ MORE...]

Baksaas, Telenor

Telenor boss quits VimpelCom board

Jon Fredrik Baksaas, chief executive officer of Norwegian telecoms giant … [READ MORE...]


Boxer Brækhus broke her foot

The injury sustained by Norwegian boxer Cecilia Brækhus in last weekend's … [READ MORE...]


SAS’ losses delay new routes

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), which reported another round of heavy losses this week, … [READ MORE...]

Air pollution draws EU rebuke

Norway has been cited for violations of the European Union's directive on air pollution, … [READ MORE...]

Oslo Stock Exchange rebounded

After weeks of turbulence caused by falling oil prices, falling interest rates and a dive … [READ MORE...]

Norway’s tallest building may rise at Fornebu

Industrial firm Aker and its owner, Norwegian tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, have proposed … [READ MORE...]

Norway welcomes thaw in US-Cuba relations

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the entire spectrum of political leaders in the … [READ MORE...]

Brende ‘worried’ about arrests in Turkey

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says he made it clear to top Turkish officials during a … [READ MORE...]


Prime Minister Erna Solberg, shown here on a visit to Norway's national security authority NSM, has claimed she's careful when using her mobile (cell) phone. She also has criticized alleged spying among NATO allies. PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

Spying fears mount on political leaders

NEWS ANALYSIS: Politicians, diplomats and ordinary citizens as well got another reminder on Saturday to never, ever use their mobile telephones to communicate sensitive information. Newspaper Aftenposten's … [READ MORE]