Radios like this won't be usable after 2017 without digital adapters, since the government plans to phase out Norway's FM  system. PHOTO:

FM radio owners lost out to DAB

A last-ditch effort by some top politicians to postpone the looming shutdown of Norway's FM radio network failed in Parliament on Wednesday. That means FM radio will still go off the air as planned during … [READ MORE...]

Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (second from left, while attending a science fair in Norway) thinks Norwegian schools "are moving in the right direction." PHOTO: Kunnskapsdepartementet

Schools produce better test scores

Norwegian teenagers are performing much better on national and international tests. A batch of new test results are among the best ever, although many Norwegian students are still struggling with … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: Politi

Teenager admits double murder

A 15-year-old boy in Kristiansand has confessed to murdering both one of his young acquaintances and a 48-year-old mother of two at a local schoolyard Monday afternoon. The double murder shocked and scared … [READ MORE]

Finance Minister Siv Jensen was back in Parliament to defend the state budget compromise, even wearing the same dress as when she first introduced the government's hotly contested state budget in early October. At left, Marit Nybakk of the Labour Party, a deputy leader of the Parliament (Stortinget). PHOTO: Stortinget

Paying the price for state budget drama

NEWS ANALYSIS: Criticism flew, the main players including Finance Minister Siv Jensen fought off exhaustion, the government coalition was arguably weakened and lots of Norway's oil money was ultimately … [READ MORE]

Lots of new housing units are under construction right in front of Oslo's co-called "Bar Code" strip of highrises. While they carry high pricetags, researchers think a residential building boom may bring down prices by 2019, as more supply becomes available. PHOTO: Berglund

Building boom may lower housing prices

There were signs of it already, when Norway's national real estate association revealed its latest batch of sales statistics on Monday: Even though housing prices rose again in Oslo and Akershus, they fell in … [READ MORE]

More trouble at state welfare agence NAV as its IT director quits. PHOTO: Arbeids- og sosialdepartement

Norwegians fear snooping at NAV

Norway's large social welfare agency NAV, which handles everything from pension payments to those for sick leave and unemployment, is under scrutiny after reports that NAV workers have snooped through the … [READ MORE]

Another Norwegian unit, Arctic Aviation Assets, ordered 30 new Airbus A321 Long Range jets, that will need routes to fly when they hit the market in 2019. Norwegian already runs a growing fleet of long-distance Boeing 787 Dreamliners. PHOTO: Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air still faces a battle in US

Members of the US Congress on both sides of the aisle are not quietly accepting a US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision that finally grants traffic rights to Oslo-based Norwegian Air's Irish … [READ MORE]


Jon Fosse is this year's winner of the German Willy Brandt prize.

Jon Fosse wins German honour

Acclaimed author and playwright Jon Fosse has won the 2016 Willy Brandt award … [READ MORE...]


Bishop cleared, church fined

Bishop Bernt Eidsvig, leader of the Catholic Church in Oslo, won't have to … [READ MORE...]

Therese Johaug

Johaug suspended for 14 months

Norway's anti-doping agency has determined that top skier Therese Johaug should … [READ MORE...]

Henrik Kristoffersen

Kristoffersen wants NOK 15 million

Norway's 22-year-old slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen is demanding as much as … [READ MORE...]


Airbnb faces more political opposition

Oslo should do what Barcelona and several other European cities have done: Crack down on … [READ MORE...]

Police to re-open 21-year-old murder investigation

State broadcaster NRK reported Wednesday morning that the new "cold case" unit of the … [READ MORE...]

Police find body of slide victim

The body of one of three men from Lithuania who were killed in a landslide in Sørum … [READ MORE...]

Jarlsberg cheesemakers slice through conflict

Norwegian dairy Synnøve Finden has settled its latest legal battle with dominant dairy … [READ MORE...]

Handball back for the holidays

Norwegian handball fans can once again get their fill of traditional pre-Christmas … [READ MORE...]

Oslo revives proposed ban on diesel-driven vehicles

Higher levels of air pollution in the Norwegian capital so far this winter have prompted … [READ MORE...]


Sharply reduced investment in the oil industry has cut demand for the drilling solutions offered by companies like National Oilwell Varco, which announced major layoffs in Norway on Wednesday. PHOTO: NOV

Norway’s new reality begins to set in

NEWS ANALYSIS: As government leaders scurried from one state budget crisis meeting to another heading into the weekend, Norway's oil- and oil-related companies have been dealing with crises that are much more … [READ MORE]