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/newsinenglish.no

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]

Around 2,500 people live on Svalbard and 1,003 of its eligible voters in Longyearbyen have now elected a new Conservative-led government on the Arctic archipelago. It's bound to meet "active opposition," however, from the Greens Party. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Higher oil prices fuel Barents plans

Oil prices have now nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, and that's refueling huge and risky interest in Norway's offshore portions of the Arctic. While seafood producers voluntarily struck a … [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]

PEOPLE

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...]

Sir Andrew J Wiles

Oxford scholar wins Abel Prize

UPDATED: He's considered one of the world's greatest contemporary … [READ MORE...]

Roy Johansen

Hockey players hail departing coach

Norway's national ice hockey team not only won a World Championship match on … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

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...]

Oslo’s parking program backfires badly

Oslo's new Labour-led city government has already irritated residents owning cars who … [READ MORE...]

SPECIAL FEATURES

A maze of pipes at Mongstad is part of the efforts to find the "best and cheapest" means of capturing carbon emissions. PHOTO: Gassnova/Regjeringen.no

Higher emissions don’t daunt leaders

NEWS ANALYSIS: Just days after the Norwegian government announced controversial plans to drill for more oil and gas in new areas of the Arctic, came news that Norway's own carbon emissions have increased for … [READ MORE]