Hopes dim for new season of ‘Lilyhammer’

The hit Norwegian TV series Lilyhammer may have ended with its third season. “I haven’t heard anything about a fourth season,” the show’s star, Steven Van Zandt, told Norway’s business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) earlier this week. Van Zandt definitely would have, if plans were in the works for another season of the popular series […]

Sweden to upgrade Stockholm-Oslo train service

Swedish railroad SJ (Statens Järnväger) aims to lure passengers away from the airlines with new, higher-speed train lines between Stockholm and Oslo. New trains will cut travel time by 90 minutes on new routes to be introduced in August. SJ’s new trains are already competing well against the airlines on routes between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Newspaper […]

Number of flying commuters soars

At SAS it's suddenly a feeling of "up, up and away," after a tough period of historic turbulence. Norwegians seem more than ready to fly. PHOTO: SAS

More Norwegians are flying back to forth to their jobs than ever before. Low fares and high income are behind a steep rise in commuting on airlines instead of the local train, tram or bus, much to the despair of those worried about climate change. Avinor, the state-owned agency in charge of Norway’s airports, reports that the number of airline […]

The challenges of being Erna

PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

It was another challenging day of being prime minister for Erna Solberg on Wednesday: More than a million union members walked off their jobs nationwide in the afternoon to protest her minority government’s proposed work rule changes, her justice minister is under fire, her government can’t seem to deport an Islamic fundamentalist who has threatened both national security and her […]

Massive support for political strike

Members of unions in the YS federation were out in forced on Wednesday, braving cold wet weather to attend a large rally in front of the Parliament in Oslo. PHOTO: YS

Norway’s three major trade union federations were jubilant late Wednesday afternoon after their two-hour political strike drew thousands of supporters all over the country. Police estimated that 20,000 showed up in front of the Parliament in Oslo, while nearly 200 rallies took place from Vadsø in the far north to Kristiansand in the south. “It’s overwhelming to see […]

Ex-Yara executive ‘shocked’ by arrest

The former Yara executives, who all refuse to have their photos taken in court, worked here at Yara's former headquarters building in Oslo. The company has since moved to a new location at Skøyen, west of downtown. PHOTO: Yara

Former top executives of large Norwegian fertilizer firm Yara are undergoing more tough questioning as their bribery trial continues in an Oslo courtroom this week. Two of them have had to listen to themselves chatting in telephone conversations they didn’t know were being taped by corruption investigators, while one claimed he was “shocked” he’s been charged in […]

Crown Prince Haakon offered condolences in Riyadh

Norway isn’t at all happy over how Saudi Arabia punishes its citizens and infringes on basic human rights, but the country sent Crown Prince Haakon to Riyadh over the weekend anyway, to offer condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah on Friday. Norway joined the rush by world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russian Prime […]

‘Political strike’ set for Wednesday


Norway’s major trade union federations are moving ahead with plans for a widespread political strike on Wednesday, to demonstrate their unhappiness over the conservative government’s proposed changes in work rules. The unions intend to disrupt public transport and daily life nationwide. All trains, for example, will grind to a halt just before the afternoon commuter rush on Wednesday. State […]

Oil prices rise on Saudi king’s death

Norwegian protesters also have demonstrated outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Oslo against the public whippings of a young Saudi blogger who challenged Saudi authority. PHOTO: Wikipedia

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah during the night led to an immediate power shift and may give a boost to Norway’s oil-fueled economy. Protesters, meanwhile, have demonstrated against Saudi authorities’ whippings of a Saudi blogger, and the Norwegian government lodged another protest of its own on the day before Abdullah died, calling the whippings “inhuman” punishment.  Within a […]

Intrigue surrounds Statoil CEO search

John Knight carries the title of executive vice president for global strategy and business development. He's now singing a new tune about Statoil's commitment to climate issues. PHOTO: Statoil/Trond Isaksen

The search for a new chief executive for state oil company Statoil took an intriguing turn this week, involving one of the company’s internal CEO candidates. At issue is whether a non-Norwegian has any chance of leading Norway’s biggest company. Speculation has flown for months over who will succeed former Statoil CEO Helge Lund. He resigned last […]