Oslo gears up to tax fuelled vehicles

Oslo’s Labour Party-led city government is continuing its campaign to make driving as difficult and expensive as possible within the city limits of Norway’s capital. Now the city’s political leadership, keen on cutting carbon emissions, wants to impose yet another new tax, this one on owners of diesel- and gasoline-driven vehicles. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that […]

Corruption-plagued VimpelCom changes its name to VEON

The controversial telecoms firm VimpelCom that’s owned by Norwegian and Russian interests is changing its name to VEON. The name change comes after the company has faced serious charges of international corruption. Norway’s state-controlled telecoms firm Telenor currently owns 23.7 percent of VimpelCom’s shares. Telenor has also been in trouble for years over its VimpelCom […]

Property tax revolt starts to spread

It’s not just Oslo’s city government that’s been sending out shockingly high property tax bills recently. Many Norwegians living in small communities from north to south have also been hit with notices of much higher property assessments and taxes, and they’re venting their anger against the politicians behind them. In Målselv in Troms County, for example, residents are mounting a […]

‘Bylarm’ festival comes of age

Norway’s annual Bylarm music festival and conference was getting underway on Thursday for the 20th time, now at its home base in Oslo. It’s evolved into a premier showcase for new talent, and attracts scouts and attention from around the world. More than 150 different and new names are on the program this year, set to […]

Retirees rebel over their pension slips

The digital age is descending a bit too quickly for scores of Norwegian retirees. They’re mounting a rebellion after state social welfare agency NAV stopped sending out their monthly pension slips on paper through the conventional state postal system, in favour of only distributing them via email. “We’re starting a campaign because it’s unfair that […]

Hindus upset over Norwegian beer label

Hindus around the world are urging Norwegian brewery Berentsens, located in the coastal town of Egersund, to remove the image of an elephant that they claim is their Lord Ganesha from bottles of the brewery’s Bombay India Pale Ale. They call it “highly inappropriate” to use Hindu deities, concepts or symbols for commercial means. Rajan Zed, president of […]

‘Norway Creates Jobs in the US’

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende flew to Washington DC this past week with a bold and unusual message for the new US Trump Administration and Republican politicians who support it. Armed with statistics compiled with the help of the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, Brende intended to prove how a foreign country like Norway doesn’t threaten to take jobs […]

Selje Hotel owner admits to setting it on fire

The owner and manager of the Selje Hotel near Norway’s West Cape has admitted to setting the property ablaze, apparently in the hopes of cashing in on insurance. Police describe his arson method as “relatively advanced” and believe his two brothers were involved. All three men have been jailed and charged with arson and insurance fraud. […]

Norway’s Oil Fund just keeps growing

Analysts and politicians weren’t expecting much, but Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund logged a good year last year. It ended up with a 6.9 percent return, much higher than the 2.7 percent logged in 2015, and grew in overall size by a dizzying NOK 447 billion (USD 54 billion). Some […]

Property tax bills skyrocket in Oslo

Tens of thousands of Oslo residents have been finding some shocking notices in both their electronic and conventional mailboxes during the past few days. The new property tax imposed by the Labour Party when it won control over the Oslo city government in 2015 has doubled or even tripled for many homeowners, and all indications are […]