Oslo Pride broke financial records, too

Organizers of this year’s Oslo Pride festival have already been able to revel in record-breaking participation and spectators when celebrations climaxed with the annual Pride Parade on Saturday. Now they’re reporting record profits as well, and may actually hire some staff instead of relying strictly on volunteers. An estimated 40,000 people were out marching along […]

Huge investment planned for ‘Troll’

Norway’s newly renamed oil company Equinor and its partners announced more huge new investment in their large Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea on Tuesday. With oil prices rising, the plan calls for extending the field’s lifetime and tapping its value for all it’s worth. The Troll field, located around 65 kilometers […]

New laws aid travelers, teens, parents

Several new laws took effect from July 1, including one aimed at improving the rights of consumers while out traveling. Another prevents marriage before the age of 18, while yet another gives parents more paid leave in cases of twins, triplets or even more multiple births. The law that may affect the most people gives […]

Unemployment keeps falling

The number of Norwegians officially unemployed has fallen by another 20,000 during the past 12 months. That brought Norway’s jobless rate down to just 3.7 percent, according to new numbers from the labour survey AKU (Arbeidskraftundersøkelsen). State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported that the jobless number fell by 7,000 people from January 1 to […]

Airport strike threat delayed until fall

Passengers flying out on summer holidays could breathe a sigh of relief Friday morning. Mediators of a conflict between airport management and emergency crews recommended a “pause” in negotiations, with a new strike deadline set for midnight on September 4. “It was absolutely out of consideration for passengers that made us decide it was better […]

Brewery forced to halt production

Norway’s historic family-owned brewery Aass in Drammen has run out of the liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) it needs to produce beer and other carbonated soft drinks. Several other breweries are also running short because of a shortage in Northern Europe of the ingredient that makes drinks bubbly. Petter Nome, head of Norway’s trade association for […]

Technicians call off airport strike threat

The first of two possible strikes at Norwegian airports this week was averted during the night. State mediators were involved, but a representative for the workers claimed the two sides hammered out a settlement themselves. After five hours of negotiations in overtime, the union representing technicians and mechanics (Norsk Flytekniker Organisasjon, NFO) came to terms […]

Government sells off its stake in SAS

UPDATED: The Norwegian government sold off its remaining 9.88 percent stake in Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) during an auction process Wednesday morning. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the government minister in charge of business and trade, said the decisision to sell was based on “major changes” in an airline industry that’s now based on business and market forces […]

Strikes may hit airports

Mediation was beginning this week in an effort to ward off strikes by labour organizations representing emergency crews and technicians at Norwegian airports. The workers haven’t been willing to go along with demands for changes in pension plans. In the event of a strike by emergency crews, Stavanger’s airport (Lufthavn Sola) will likely close since […]

Krone expected to rise against dollar

Norway’s central bank refrained once again from raising interest rates on Thursday but now states that it’s “likely” to do so in September. That in turn can boost the value of the country’s currency, the krone, which already is expected to strengthen significantly against the US dollar next year. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) was even […]