Norway to send more aid to Nepal

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Prime Minister Børge Brende met with Norwegian humanitarian organizations on Tuesday afternoon and promised to contribute another NOK 100 million in state funding to help … [READ MORE...]

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Experts: ‘Increase defense spending’

An expert advisory group hired in by Norway's defense ministry has  confirmed what government and military officials themselves have been saying for months: Norway must boost its defense spending … [READ MORE]

This is the photo Statoil chose to attach to its dismal earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. More cost-cutting and reduced investment in new projects loom. PHOTO: Statoil

Politicians strike back at oil critics

Several state politicians have fired back at 200 artists, researchers, authors and other members of Norway's cultural elite, who have called for a halt to more oil exploration in the Arctic. The politicians … [READ MORE]

The long-troubled oil platform Goliat loomed behind Oil Minister Tord Lien and International Energy Agency director Maria van der Hoeven, after it finally arrived in Hammerfest, Northern Norway, earlier this month. PHOTO: Olje- og energi Departementet

Doubts arise over oil job creation

Government claims that the huge new Johan Sverdrup oil field will create as many as 51,000 new jobs in Norway are now being drawn into doubt by the oil industry itself. Many of the jobs, they fear, may wind up … [READ MORE]

Norwegian agricultural authorities have faced some tragic cases of cruelty towards animals in Norway lately. Now they'll have tackle crime against animals with the police. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

New effort to battle animal cruelty cases

The government, heeding calls from animal rights activists, announced the creation on Monday of a new state authority aimed at investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty. The new so-called dyrepoliti … [READ MORE]

Greenpeace activists boarded the Transocean rig, after Statoil was given the green light on Monday to begin exploration work near the island of Bjørnøya, north of the Arctic Circle. PHOTO: Greenpeace

Celebrities aim to halt Arctic drilling

Many of Norway's most prominent authors, researchers and artists are among a group of 200 academic and legal experts demanding an end to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. They're threatening to sue the … [READ MORE]

Conservatives resist more refugees

Norway's Conservative Party (Høyre), which leads the country's coalition government, continues to resist calls by other parties for Norway to take in 10,000 more refugees from Syria. The Conservatives voted at … [READ MORE]

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende surveys the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, and the recovery work underway to rebuild whole villages in the Philippines. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl

Norway rushes aid to quake victims

As the death toll from Saturday's killer quake in Nepal kept rising, Norway was joining international efforts to help survivors. Foreign Minister Børge Brende, a former head of the Norwegian Red Cross, had … [READ MORE]

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Putin least popular in Norway

A new Gallup poll indicates that Norwegians are not fond of the former KGB … [READ MORE...]

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Council clears talk show host Skavlan

The Norwegian broadcasting council that handles press complaints decided against … [READ MORE...]

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Film director to compete at Cannes

Joachim Trier has become the first Norwegian director in nearly 40 years to … [READ MORE...]

Marit Bjørgen had set her sights on winning Tour de Ski, but had to settle for second place. PHOTO: NRK/Views and News

Veteran skiing star won’t quit yet

Speculation has flown in Norway over whether champion skier Marit Bjørgen would … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

Woman denied boarding dumps cat at Oslo’s airport

A young woman en route to London opted to simply abandon her cat in its cage at Oslo's … [READ MORE...]

Historic ships secure state support

Norway's only paddle-wheel steamer, Skibladner, and 77 other historic vessels have … [READ MORE...]

US doughnut franchise eyes Norway

Norway finally seems to be attracting more international franchises and fast-food, for … [READ MORE...]

First ‘russ’ weekend marred by rape

Despite pleas for a non-violent party season for graduating high school students this … [READ MORE...]

Shell cuts oil jobs in Norway

Oil giant Shell has become the latest to slash jobs in the wake of lower oil prices and a … [READ MORE...]

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg of the Conservative Party and Justice Minister Anders Anundsen of the Progress Party want to lengthen the time it takes to secure permanent residence in Norway. PHOTO: Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet

Norway toughens residence rules

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian government is about to make it much tougher for many foreign nationals to move to Norway and settle down in the country. Newspaper VG reported on Tuesday that a proposal sent out … [READ MORE]