Kirkenes' bright-yellow school complex stands out in its Arctic surroundings. This week the city was shaken when a young student and his mother from Thailand were shot and killed by a Norwegian man who was their stepfather and husband. Police believe he then turned the gun on himself, and was  critically injured. He's been charged with the double murder. PHOTO:

Lessons from the Kirkenes tragedy

NEWS ANALYSIS: Kirkenes' new, bright yellow school complex stands out in the otherwise muted Arctic city in Norway's far north, this week for all the wrong reasons.  The murders of one of the school's young … [READ MORE...]

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Dead reindeer will be left to rot

More than 300 dead reindeer will be left on a remote mountain plateau in Hardanger where they were found by a Norwegian wildlife inspector just before last weekend. State environmental authorities have … [READ MORE]

Statoil's CEO Eldar Sætre (left) is still overseeing lots of cost- and job-cutting at Norway's biggest company. He's a busy man this week at the ONS conference in Stavanger, shown here with Prime Minister Erna Solberg (center). PHOTO: ONS/Morten Berentsen

Statoil cuts more jobs and costs

Norway's largest company, Statoil, reportedly plans to slash another 250 jobs, with this round cutting into the areas of health, safety and environmental matters. At the same time, the company continued to … [READ MORE]

This was the photo the government used when it announced the launch of the 24th licensing round for more oil exploration and drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The government invited oil companies to nominate blocs they want to be a part of the round, while the government favours opening up new "immature" areas of the shelf "where the potential to make big discoveries is greatest." PHOTO:

Solberg slammed for her devotion to oil

Reaction was fast and furious after Prime Minister Erna Solberg not only announced that her government wants to increase offshore oil exploration but also open up areas off scenic Lofoten and Vesterålen to … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: Olje- og Energidepartmentet

Big ONS oil bash still draws in crowds

Thousands of oil and offshore industry players are converging on Stavanger again this week for the latest Offshore Northern Seas conference (ONS). Predictions that the worst effects of the oil price dive is … [READ MORE]

Airbnb rentals face tougher taxation

Private individuals who actively engage in short-term rentals of residential property, like that arranged through websites like Airbnb, now face tougher tax liability in Norway. Gone are the days of tax-free … [READ MORE]

Norway's far northern city of Kirkenes was shaken early Monday by a shooting that left two dead and one seriously wounded. PHOTO:

Double murder shocks Kirkenes

UPDATED: A 37-year-old woman from Thailand and her 12-year-old son were killed and a third person, the woman's Norwegian husband, was seriously wounded in a shooting during the night in Norway's far northern … [READ MORE]


Erna Solberg

Book lists Norway’s ‘most powerful’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Finance Minister Siv Jensen were, not … [READ MORE...]


Europe’s best: Ronaldo and Hegerberg

Norway's professional women's football player Ada Hegerberg shared the stage … [READ MORE...]

Stein Erik Hagen

Drama rolls over collector’s art

Wealthy investor and businessman Stein Erik Hagen wants to share his vast … [READ MORE...]

Per Lønning

Norway hails a ‘bishop emeritus’

Per Lønning, who died this week at an age of 88, was being hailed in Norwegian … [READ MORE...]


Revived hopes for Rygge crash-land again

Not much came out of a meeting this week between a group of high-powered investors led by … [READ MORE...]

Munch’s ‘Scream’ mystery solved

A mysterious smudge on the Norwegian National Gallery's versions of Edvard Munch's famous … [READ MORE...]

Some Swedish money soon to be rendered worthless

Swedish banks were expecting an extra influx of customers this week, including many … [READ MORE...]

Police break up brawls in Oslo

Two major brawls on opposites sides of the city broke out in Oslo Sunday night, one at … [READ MORE...]

Opera selling off costumes

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, which has been struggling financially, found a way to … [READ MORE...]

Vinmonopolet workers threaten to strike

Norwegians may find themselves unable to buy wine and liquor next month, if employees at … [READ MORE...]


Some even darker clouds have been settling over Norway's once-booming oil capital of Stavanger. Next week the city will host another large Offshore Northern Seas conference, and that will help generate business, but thousands of laid-off oil workers are still suffering. PHOTO: Berglund

Pain of job losses acute in Stavanger

Two years after the oil and offshore industry seriously started slashing jobs, the sharp pain of job losses is now really striking many of those out of work and their families. Unemployment benefits are … [READ MORE]