AirAsia courts Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air's CEO Bjørn Kjos (center) posed with flight crews holding the airline's latest Skytrax prizes. PHOTO: Norwegian Air

Bjørn Kjos, founder and chief executive of Norwegian Air, finally had something to smile about again this week. After months of severe turbulence at his airline, he collected two more industry prizes and was openly courted at a major airshow in England by the founder of another large low-fare airline, AirAsia, which seems more keen than ever for the […]

Fungus threatens strawberry crop

This is how the Norwegian farmers' organization likes to picture Norwegian strawberries, but this year, nearly half the crop has been spoiled by a fungus that leaves the berries rotting in the field. PHOTO: Norges Bondelag

Norwegians are fiercely proud of their locally grown strawberries, which have a firm place on summer tables, but berry growers are warning this year of the worst crisis ever to hit their crops. A fungus that started infecting plants in the southern counties of Agder is now moving north, and threatening to ruin the strawberry […]

Property tax bills start rolling in


Norway has long been known as a high-tax country but only now are most residents getting hit with direct assessments on their residential or commercial real estate investments. Local government officials who shied away from levying unpopular property tax to shore up community finances have felt compelled to  do so, and property tax bills are rolling in, not […]

Pilot pacts ‘can’t guarantee’ take-offs

UPDATED: Norwegian Air has landed new deals with its pilots that both the airline and the pilots now believe will get passengers to their destinations as scheduled. The airline’s top boss didn’t seem so sure, even though the agreements are aimed at ending a string of flight cancellations and delays that ruined the start of summer holidays […]

Norwegian Air’s boss apologizes for chaos

Bjørn Kjos, the embattled founder and chief executive of Norwegian Air, has won far more public  sympathy than the airline's striking pilots, according to a VG survey. After 11 "terrible" days, Kjos announced the strike was "finally" over. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Bjørn Kjos, who founded Norwegian Air and since has become one of Norway’s most high-profile businessmen, issued a public apology on Wednesday for a string of problems that have angered passengers. He said the airline would now “work hard” to win back customer confidence. “We are grateful that so many travelers choose to fly Norwegian and […]

Real estate prices soar to ‘sick’ levels

Housing prices in Norway have never been higher, and now they’re so high that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is repeating warnings that debt levels present a serious risk to financial stability. The IMF has confirmed earlier reports and warnings that household debt has risen much too high in Norway on the back of low interest […]

Brexit prompts more warnings

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre, who also leads the opposition in Parliament, has long favoured joining the EU and view Norway's EØS agreement with the EU as the next best thing. He's warning strongly against putting it into play after the Brexit vote. He doesn't want Norway to get involved in Britain's upcoming negotiations with the EU either, stressing that Britain and Norway have very different agendas. PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet/Bernt Sønvisen

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende aren’t the only ones warning against any changes in Norway’s own agreement with the EU after the Brexit vote. Labour Party leader Johan Gahr Støre is worried about the same thing, and Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO doesn’t want to tinker with the country’s EU agreement […]

Airline passengers suffer more delays

Norwegian Air passengers have been suffering more delays and on Monday afternoon, passengers on all airlines serving southern Norway were delayed by another closure of air space because of a “technical problem” with radar systems. The disruption was short and the air space reopened after just an hour, but delays were expected throughout the evening. Norwegian […]

Google deal can blow life into more wind park plans

Plans for a new wind park on Norway’s west coast got a surge of energy last week when financing came through after Google agreed to buy all the power generated by the park. More such deals can unleash more parks, which in turn create jobs, hope local and state government officials. “Google has an enormous need for […]

Norwegian Air passengers stranded

Low-fare airline Norwegian Air claimed it was forced to cancel a string of flights both Friday and into the weekend, stranding thousands of passengers both abroad and in Norway. State airports agency Avinor reported that at least 18 Norwegian Air flights were cancelled on Saturday. Not only were passengers stuck at airports from Malaga and […]