State mediator Nils Dalseide has been a busy man during Norway's annual spring season for labour negotiations. He was getting much of the credit for warding off a major strike by state workers.  PHOTO: Arbeidsdepartementet

Mediator averts major state strike

State mediator Nils Dalseide helped head off a major strike on Thursday that would have pulled more than 5,000 state employees off the job within the police, government ministries, state welfare agency NAV and … [READ MORE...]

Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, arrived in pouring rain on Monday, making his welcome ceremony on the grounds of the royal palace a very wet affair. PHOTO: Kongehuset.no/NTB Scanpix/Lise Åserud

State visit linked Norway and Poland

Poland's new president, Andrzej Duda, arrived in pouring rain on Monday and left in sunshine on Wednesday after his first three-day state visit to Norway. He's the second top official from Poland to visit … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: A/S Norske Shell/Heine Schjølberg

Shell to cut 140 jobs in Norway

Major Dutch oil company Shell has become the latest to cut more jobs in Norway. Around 140 positions will disappear and all employees are being given an opportunity to resign voluntarily in return for severance … [READ MORE]

Rapist gets Norway’s toughest jail term

A former dancer who's been convicted of raping 18 women and abusing his former live-in partner was sentenced on Wednesday to Norway's toughest possible punishment: 21 years of special custody that can keep him … [READ MORE]

Ryanair may start flying in and out of Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen, despite earlier complaints that the landing fees at Norway's airports are "absurdly" high. PHOTO: Ryanair

Paradox pervades Ryanair drama

NEWS ANALYSIS: The paradox could hardly be more pronounced: Norwegian politicians, bureaucrats, business and labour officials who earlier have bashed low-fare airline Ryanair now seem to be rushing to its … [READ MORE]

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

Ryanair’s airport ‘will shut down’

The board of directors in charge of the Rygge airport in Moss, south of Oslo, announced Tuesday it had decided to shut down the airport to commercial civilian traffic from November 1. That's when the only … [READ MORE]

The small community of Hareid in the county of Møre og Romsdal was among those where voters firmly rejected a merger with their neighbouring municipalities. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Small towns want to stay that way

Some local mayors are calling it a "people's revolt" against the state: Norwegians voting in local referenda this week have been firmly rejecting state plans to merge their local governments to form much … [READ MORE]

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Artur Wilczynski

Canadian envoy rocks and rolls

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

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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

Cinemas log best year in a decade

Fears that Norwegians would simply stay home and watch films on video players, DVDs or via … [READ MORE...]

Politician resigns all posts after arrest

A politician for the conservative Progress Party has resigned all his posts after he was … [READ MORE...]

Ex-teacher jailed in major sexual assault case

A former teacher from Hadeland in western Oppland County has been handed a lengthy … [READ MORE...]

Oil Fund wielded its clout over bank executives’ pay

Norway's sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund has followed through on its decision … [READ MORE...]

Norwegian wins last lap of Tour of Norway

Professional Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen made what commentators called a … [READ MORE...]

State files appeal in the Breivik case

State officials have filed their appeal of a city court ruling this spring that partially … [READ MORE...]

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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]