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...]

New apartments on the waterfront are among those popular with out-of-town investors, who use them either as commuter- or holiday homes in the city. PHOTO:

More now buying a ‘hytte’ in the city

Tens of thousands of Norwegians have taken off this week to spend the Easter holidays at a "hytte," or holiday home, in the mountains or other rural areas. Now increasing numbers of people living outside the … [READ MORE]

Ny-Ålesund, verdens nordligste bosetting. Foto: Trond Viken, Nærings- og fiskeridepartementet.

Svalbard waits for ‘Putin effect’

Residents of Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are literally banking on the Norwegian government extending financial aid for their troubled coal mining operations, despite the environmental paradox … [READ MORE]

Most stores in downtown Oslo and elsewhere around the country are forced by law to remain closed on Sundays. The conservative government wants to allow all stores to open if they so choose, but faces strong opposition. PHOTO:

New quarrel over Sunday openings

Norway's conservative coalition government is moving ahead with its proposal to allow stores to open on Sundays, and that's set off new protests from one of its support parties in Parliament. The Christian … [READ MORE]

Union leader Gerd Kristiansen (right) and Kristin Skogen Lund, head of the employers' organization NHO, after agreeing to an historically low wage pact on Friday. PHOTO: LO

Unions agree to forego wage hikes

This year's first phase of annual wage negotiations between Norwegian trade union federations and employer organizations ended with an historically low settlement for key players on Friday. Only the lowest paid … [READ MORE]

PST rejects mobile surveillance report

Norway's police intelligence agency PST has dismissed reports in newspaper Aftenposten late last year that the paper had found false base stations used for mobile telephone surveillance in Oslo. The … [READ MORE]

This was the scene Friday morning, as thousands of travelers tried to fly out of Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen. PHOTO: Avinor/OSL Gardermoen web camera

Easter holidays off to a chaotic start

As many as 90,000 airline passengers expecting to fly out of Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen on Friday were met with a chaotic start to their Easter holiday week. Flights were still disrupted after … [READ MORE]


New Nobel boss hints at change

Olav Njølstad has spent the past three months settling into his new job as director of the Nobel Institute in Oslo and secretary to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Now the mild-mannered historian is … [READ MORE]


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Yara finally finds a new CEO

UPDATED: After more than a year of corruption charges and top-level personnel … [READ MORE...]

Gunhild Stordal on NRK's Skavlan

Stordalen on the road to recovery

Gunhild Stordalen, the high-profile Norwegian doctor and environmental activist … [READ MORE...]


World Cup victories pay off

Norway's star skiers earned more than pride and glory when they won the World … [READ MORE...]

Crown Prince Haakon

Celebrities shone as ‘birkebeiners’

Crown Prince Haakon was among the locally well-known Norwegians to complete the … [READ MORE...]


Metal detection club finds treasures

A group of metal detector enthusiasts and three archaeologists spent the weekend exploring … [READ MORE...]

Oslo acquitted of deficient elder care

The City of Oslo has been cleared of providing elder care that was so deficient that two … [READ MORE...]

Bhatti’s back, and appeals conviction

Former gang member and Islamic extremist Arfan Bhatti returned to Norway on Tuesday from … [READ MORE...]

Talk show’s ratings soared in controversial program

Scandinavia's leading talk show Skavlan saw its ratings soar almost in line with the … [READ MORE...]

Coach upbeat despite humiliating loss

Norway's national football team was badly beaten when it resumed its bid for the European … [READ MORE...]


Monument to Finnish immigration in Finnmark

Majority supports immigration

A recent survey shows that fully 54 percent of Norwegians support immigration and think Norway needs immigrants "to move in the right direction." Only 12 percent think immigration is a bad thing. The … [READ MORE]