Oil Minister Tord Lien (center, on board the Ekofisk platform) remains bullish about the prospects for Norway's oil industry, despite the current slump. PHOTO: Olje- og energi departementet

Oil minister tries to stay optimistic

After another week of low oil prices and rising unemployment, Oil Minister Tord Lien was grasping for bright spots in the industry he oversees. He finally found one on Friday, and claims he's still optimistic … [READ MORE...]

Lots of electric vehicles were rolling towards Geiranger for an EV festival this weekend. Norway now boasts one of the largest markets in the world for the quiet cars.  PHOTO: El-bil forening

Electric car craze keeps rolling along

There are now so many electric vehicles in Norway that state authorities will soon run out of the special "EL" license plates made to identify them. A second series of plates is due to be introduced as … [READ MORE]

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Snowden may get prize at border

Officials of a Norwegian academy devoted to literature and freedom of expression are considering handing over their already-announced annual prize to Edward Snowden this year in an unusual ceremony at the far … [READ MORE]

‘Hash baron’ admits to drug smuggling

A 46-year-old Norwegian living in the affluent Oslo suburb of Bærum has admitted to smuggling 100 shipments of hash into Norway over the last 22 years, but claims all the money he earned has been lost. Police, … [READ MORE]

New figures from Statistics Norway show a sharp drop in the number of job advertisements over the past year, signalling tougher times ahead. Consumer confidence is nevertheless continuing to recover, with regards to both Norwegians' personal finances and the expectations for the national economy. PHOTO: Norges Bank

Stocks recover but krone stays weak

Norwegian share prices and foreign exchange rates continued to swing in the midst of more market turbulence on Thursday. Share prices rose, but the krone remained weaker than it's been for more than a … [READ MORE]

The situation for refugees arriving in Greece is getting worse by the day, like here at a camp in Kara Tepe on the Greek island of Lesvos. The refugees are arriving from Turkey, after Syria's borders to other neighbouring countries have been closed. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Rune Bjåstad

Refugee crisis rolls into Norway

Hundreds of refugees, mostly from Syria, have made their way through Europe after hazardous travel and are now overwhelming police in Oslo who are in charge of processing asylum applications. Local restaurant … [READ MORE]

Unemployment rate rises to 4.5 percent

The numbers of Norway's jobless residents swelled to 124,000 in June, according to new seasonally adjusted numbers released Wednesday by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). That boosted the … [READ MORE]

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Former Nobel leader dies

History professor Francis Sejersted, a longtime leader of the Norwegian Nobel … [READ MORE...]

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A new opera star is born

Some opera lovers were already calling her Norway's new Kirsten Flagstad even … [READ MORE...]

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Royals mum about luxury yacht holiday

Norway's royal family willingly posed for photos when King Harald and Queen … [READ MORE...]

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New head coach for women’s football

Roger Finjord has been tapped to take over as the new head coach for Norway's … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

City Hall clock to stop for repairs

The large clock that adorns the eastern tower of Oslo's City Hall is a landmark for … [READ MORE...]

Conflict erupts over job lay-offs via email

At least 1,700 oil services workers in Norway were facing layoff this week, more than … [READ MORE...]

Utøya survivors’ lawyer sues to reverse deportation

The Norwegian lawyer for an immigrant family that lost a son in the 2011 massacre on the … [READ MORE...]

Åhléns to pull out of Norway

The popular Swedish chain of home furnishings stores, Åhléns, is pulling out of Norway … [READ MORE...]

Main mountain highway’s tunnel set to reopen

The Gudvanga Tunnel on the main E16 highway connecting Oslo and Bergen is expected to … [READ MORE...]

SPECIAL FEATURES

Oil, offshore and Industrial employees aren't the only ones losing their jobs now, as cuts spread to other sectors in Norway. Jobs likes these with the state railroad may be more secure, but uncertainty is also spreading within the public sector, where 12 percent fear they'll be laid off. Fully 16 percent fear layoff in the private sector. PHOTO: Jernbaneverket/Ragnhild Aagesen

Job uncertainty grips Norwegians

After reaping the benefits of a super-strong economy and enormous wealth creation for the past decade, Norwegians now face rising uncertainty as jobs disappear following the sharp fall in oil prices. The job … [READ MORE]