Transit expansion will cost users

Oslo's new Labour-led government was unveiling its first city budget on Wednesday, highlighted by major improvements to the Norwegian capital's public transportation system. It will cost users, though, with … [READ MORE...]

PHOTO: The Independent Barents Observer/Thomas Nilsen

Russia sets off ‘busy week in the Barents’

With the Russian military stepping up its training exercises in the Arctic, and Norway keen to follow the action with not just one but two so-called "spy ships," it's been an unusually busy week in the Barents … [READ MORE]

Hotel and restaurant workers exploited as job discrimination complaints rise

State labour officials have concluded that eight out of 10 companies in the restaurant and hotel industry violate Norwegian labour laws. Young employees and asylum seekers are among those most vulnerable to … [READ MORE]

King Haakon VII (played by Danish actor Jesper Christensen) flees a German bombing raid with his son Crown Prince Olav (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) after delivering his historic "no" to any form of royal cooperation with Nazi German invaders during World War II. PHOTO: Filmweb/Agnete Brun

Film-goers say ‘yes’ to the king’s ‘no’

Norwegians streamed to local cinemas over the weekend to see the new film Kongens nei, about the three dramatic days in April 1940 when the late King Haakon VII flatly refused to cooperate with Nazi German … [READ MORE]

Abid Raja, a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party, has become the target of hate messages from an Islamic extremist group. PHOTO: Venstre/Jo Staube

MP for the Liberals hit by hate messages

Abid Raja, an attorney and well-known Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party (Venstre), has become a target of hate messages sent from a mobile phone used by a high-profile member of an extremist Islamic … [READ MORE]

It wasn't exactly a "kissing babies" form of gathering election support, but Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was clearly fawning over Christian Democrats' leader Knut Arild Hareide's new baby during the last political campaign. Now Støre looks likely to court the Christian Democrats' support to form a new left-center government next year. PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

Opposition courts political alliances

Norway's political opposition is well underway in forming both new and renewed alliances among parties keen on government power after next year's parliamentary election. Christian Democrats leader Knut Arild … [READ MORE]

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]


Sylvi Listhaug

Pregnancy won’t stop Listhaug

One of the most high-profile ministers in Norway's conservative coalition … [READ MORE...]

Robert Eriksson

Former minister kisses and tells

Robert Eriksson wasn't at all happy about being replaced as Norway's Minister of … [READ MORE...]

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...]


No more ‘X Games’ in Oslo

Oslo taxpayers won't be paying for another winter "X Games" this year, after city … [READ MORE...]

Oil service strike idles more drilling rigs

A strike in the oil service sector that started last week is steadily putting drilling … [READ MORE...]

Portions of new border fence may be torn down

A controversial fence being erected on either side of Norway's border crossing to Russia … [READ MORE...]

Neighbours mount new protest over Melgaard project

Neighbours and fellow artists of Norwegian Bjarne Melgaard keep trying to halt … [READ MORE...]

Bieber took a day off in the mountains

Pop-star Justin Bieber recovered from two days of holding concerts in Oslo by heading up … [READ MORE...]

State would need to approve sky-high tolls

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen from the anti-road-toll Progress Party would need to … [READ MORE...]


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]