The Rygge airport at Moss is served almost entirely by Ryanair, which has come under severe criticism by labour organizations and politicians this week. Now state authorities are vowing a full review of Ryanair's operations in Norway. PHOTO: Moss Lufthavn Rygge

Plans fly to save regional airports

The Norwegian government has promised to look into various ways of keeping the Rygge regional airport open and also aiding others not owned by state airports agency Avinor. The goal is to preserve jobs after … [READ MORE...]

Øystein Olsen has been reappointed as governor of Norway's central bank, Norges Bank. He was also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Oil Fund on Tuesday and will be celebrating the 200th anniversay of the central bank itself through June. PHOTO: Norges Bank/Nils S Aasheim

Oil Fund celebrates its first 20 years

Øystein Olsen has a lot to celebrate this week. He beat out all competition to keep his job as Norway's central bank chief for another six years, and then could celebrate the 20th anniversary on Tuesday of … [READ MORE]

Svein Flåtten (left), finance policy spokesperson for the Conservatives, claimed the extra funding means the government will be spending a total of more than NOK 5 billion to combat unemployment. PHOTO: Høyre/Hans Kristian Thorbjørnsen

Aid for jobless dominates budget

More money to help ease the pain of unemployment was the single biggest result after top politicians spent the weekend revising the state budget. Mid-year negotiations between the government and its two support … [READ MORE]

Foreign Minister Børge Brende (right) with former US President Bill Clinton in Oslo on Wednesday, PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/MB Haga

‘Norway buying itself influence’

Oil-rich Norway has donated more than NOK 640 million over the past nine years (USD 77 million at current exchange rates) to projects operated by the Clinton Foundation, set up by former US President Bill … [READ MORE]

‘Monika’ murder trial starts in Bergen

The mysterious death of an eight-year-old girl in Western Norway more than four years ago is the subject of a major murder trial that got underway in Bergen on Monday. The so-called "Monika case" has attracted … [READ MORE]

Telenor's former chairman Svein Aaser (left) and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas had more explaining to do on Friday over how they handled the corruption at Telenor's partly owned VimpelCom. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Ex-Telenor chiefs grilled again

Former leaders of Telenor and its partly owned subsidiary VimpelCom endured another round of grilling on Friday by the Norwegian Parliament's disciplinary committee. Former Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas … [READ MORE]

Hornøya, Vardø, birds

Arctic birds star in slow-TV ‘cliffhanger’

A remarkable Norwegian island where tens of thousands of sea birds nest every year will be the location of the latest "slow TV" project from Norway's state broadcaster, NRK. It will be a real "cliffhanger" of … [READ MORE]



Jensen has reason to celebrate

With her revised national budget in the box, her Progress Party doing well in … [READ MORE...]

PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Javelin star throws himself into new career

Andreas Thorkildsen has let his hair and beard grow as he also opts for an … [READ MORE...]

Artur Wilczynski

Canadian envoy rocks and rolls

UPDATED: He sports an earring, took contact before arriving in Norway with his … [READ MORE...]

PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

Northug told to cut out poker

Professional skier Petter Northug is usually off playing poker in major … [READ MORE...]


More towns vote to remain small

As the votes were tallied up on Tuesday, it became clear that Norway's government minister … [READ MORE...]

Summer beer prices foam over

Even jaded Norwegians were shaking their heads over this year's prices for a standard … [READ MORE...]

Bankruptcy threatens venerable shipping firm

Oslo-based IM Skaugen was once among the big Norwegian shipping companies, marking its … [READ MORE...]

Fewer farms go bankrupt

A total of 26 farms in Norway went bankrupt last year, the lowest number since 2008. Even … [READ MORE...]

Norway’s oldest man turns 109

"This is the first time I've attended a 109th birthday party," exclaimed Prime Minister … [READ MORE...]

Application errors lead to deportation

Diarra King, an American citizen living in Norway with a Norwegian wife and child, faced … [READ MORE...]


PHOTO: The Independent Barents Observer/Thomas Nilsen

Barents port keen on the oil business

KIRKENES: When the Norwegian government's new surveillance vessel Marjata berthed at its home port here this month, many locals hoped it signalled the arrival of the first of many new and different kinds of … [READ MORE]