Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre is currently doing well in the polls, even though it's harder for him to find fault with the current conservative government coalition's economic policies. PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

Labour defiant as economy recovers

NEWS ANALYSIS: Thursday's decision by Norway's central bank to scrap another interest rate cut illustrates how the country is recovering from the economic shock of lower oil prices. The recovery is arguably not … [READ MORE...]

Former hostage glad to be back home

Kjartan Sekkingstad, the man from Norway's west coast who was seized by a guerrilla group in the Philippines last year, landed back in Oslo on Friday following his release last weekend. Sekkingstad said he'd … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: Klima- og miljødepartenentet

Norway’s wolf hunt catches foreign flak

An announcement late last week that Norwegian authorities would approve the hunting of 47 wolves this autumn and winter has been met with a barrage of criticism from abroad. Local environmentalists and … [READ MORE]

Immigration officials have scrambled to set up emergency shelters for arriving refugees, but the asylum centers are already packed and can breed frustration and unrest. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

UDI cuts back as refugee wave ebbs

Norway's immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) has been closing empty asylum centers and reducing staff lately, after last year's tidal wave of asylum seekers arriving in the country ebbed into this … [READ MORE]

Norway's currency, the "krone," was being "blown in all directions" again this week, but likely in a weaker direction. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Still no change in key interest rate

Norway's central bank (Norges Bank) seemed to follow the advice of a vast majority of local economists on Thursday in deciding to keep its key policy rate unchanged at 0.5 percent. The bank's governor also … [READ MORE]

The new film about Norwegian King Haakon's refusal to surrender to invading Nazi Germany in 1940 was premiering this week. PHOTO: Norsk Film Institutt

King’s ‘no’ to Nazis hits the silver screen

The latest in a wave of films about epic events in Norway's history was getting a royal reception this week. Kongens nei, which is about King Haakon VII's refusal to surrender to Nazi German invaders in April … [READ MORE]

Commuting by helicopter is part of life for offshore oil workers, like disembarking here from a flight to Statoil's Snorre A platform in the North Sea. PHOTO: Statoil/Harald Pettersen

Oil workers strike over ‘dirty deal’

More than 300 offshore oil service workers were called out on strike Wednesday, amidst reports that nearly 38,745 jobs in their sector have disappeared in the past two years. The workers' union nonetheless … [READ MORE]

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John Fredriksen

Fredriksen still the richest Norwegian

He doesn't officially live in Norway anymore, but legendary shipowner John … [READ MORE...]

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Hussain indicted for ISIL recruitment

The Norwegian Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain has been indicted for … [READ MORE...]

Øystein Dørum

Economist quits DNB for NHO

One of Norway's most high-profile economists will be leaving the country's … [READ MORE...]

King Harald

Guests galore at royal garden party

PHOTO FEATURE: King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted a garden party on the grounds … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

Police were ‘prepared’ for new Bieber mania

Police in Oslo and Bærum claimed they were prepared to handle crowds and chaos when teen … [READ MORE...]

Airlines also charge more for flights bought abroad

Both Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air charge passengers on flights … [READ MORE...]

Tesla owners sue over lack of horsepower

More than a hundred Norwegian owners of the Tesla Model S P85D are suing the producer of … [READ MORE...]

Hair salon owner appeals anti-hijab conviction

A hair salon owner in Western Norway who's been active in anti-Islamic organizations has … [READ MORE...]

Bus passengers face fines for not buckling up

Traffic authorities from state highway department Statens vegvesen have launched random … [READ MORE...]

Another 300 workers idled in the oil industry

Aker Solutions is furloughing another 100 employees, while rival FMC Technologies is also … [READ MORE...]

SPECIAL FEATURES

The Hurtigruten vessel "MS Richard With" is a sistership of the stricken "MS Nordlys," but hasn't been taken out of service. PHOTO: Hurtigruten

Tourists pay more on Hurtigruten

Officials at Norway's famed coastal voyage Hurtigruten were being hit by a wave of criticism on Monday over how they set their fares. Passengers from abroad have been charged much more than Norwegians, … [READ MORE]