Ferry revolution now well underway

More than 50 electric ferries will be in service on the fjords around Norway by the end of 2020, reported the state highway department this week. Environmental organization Bellona called it a “fantastic revolution” in a country that relies on ferries as a critical mode of transport. The world’s first battery-driven ferry started sailing in Norway, on the Lavik-Oppedal […]

Norway shifts to automatic gear

There’s a quiet automobile revolution going on in Norway that will likely make life a lot easier for visitors renting cars who never learned how to drive with a clutch and manually shift gears. More and more new cars are now being sold with automatic, prompting industry experts to predict that manual transmissions will disappear over the […]

Old US Embassy waits for a buyer

The “Stars ‘n’ Stripes” no longer fly over the old US Embassy building in Oslo, and its police guard house across the street seems as abandoned as the darkened structure itself. Sale of the now-strangely quiet property has been delayed, but its real estate agent still expects a buyer to emerge by the end of the year. […]

Seafood exports break all records

Despite a decline in the export of trout, herring and shellfish, Norwegian seafood exports have never been higher than they were during the first six months of this year. Their value reached NOK 46.3 billion (USD 5.6 billion), also aided by a relatively weak krone. Sheer volume rose 4 percent, to 1.3 million tons, while the […]

Norway shuttering the summer ‘seter’

PHOTO FEATURE: The long tradition of moving sheep, cattle and goats up to grazing land at higher elevations lives on in Norway. A new study shows, however, that fully 99 percent of the traditional mountain dairy farms known as a seter or støl, where women looked after the animals and made butter and cheese, have been shut down. […]

Norway’s ‘krone’ sails strongly ahead

Norway’s now-decorative currency, the krone, is getting stronger along with the country’s economy. It’s risen considerably against the US dollar and other key currencies just in the past few weeks, and economists predict that will continue. “Things have been going much better (in the Norwegian economy) than expected,” economist Erik Bruce, chief analyst for Nordea Markets, […]

Widerøe cancels more flights

Norway’s small domestic airline Widerøe cancelled several more scheduled flights late this week, disrupting travel plans for scores of passengers. Like their bigger rival Norwegian Air, the airline lacks enough flight crews. “Some of the cancellations have been warned in advance, but we had to cancel some additional flights the last two days and today,” […]

Norwegian’s share price dives again

UPDATED: Norwegian Air is having a rough summer, with flight cancellations and unhappy passengers and now an extraordinary dive in its stock value. The airline’s investors are unhappy, too, after parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle released second-quarter results on Thursday that were much weaker than analysts expected. The new numbers sent Norwegian’s share value crashing, down 14.82 percent […]

Chinese fuel most growth in tourism

Norway is in the midst of another booming tourism season this year, with visitors from China fueling the most growth. New statistics on hotel stays show a 78 percent increase in Chinese tourists so far this year, and merchants are catering to their new customers from the Far East. There was a time when Oslo went quiet during the […]

Hotels want fewer and richer guests

Norwegian hotels have generally been enjoying a boom in tourism, but profits remain elusive as fjord and mountain hotels compete with cruiseships and building booms in cities like Stavanger and Bergen have led to over-capacity. Experts say the hotels need to earn more money per guest and be able to charge higher rates. Hotel room […]