Oyster ‘invasion’ a blessing and curse

A new breed of oyster is "invading" the Norwegian coast, posing both problems and commercial potential. PHOTO: Havforskningsinstituttet/Espen Bierud

Much like the fishing industry’s initial despair over the arrival of king crab in Norwegian waters, marine researchers aren’t particularly pleased with the arrival of another “invading” species along the coast: oysters originally from the northern Pacific. First spotted more than 30 years ago, they’ve begun congregating along the southern coast from Hvaler over to Kristiansand, and north […]

Climate ‘anchored’ in Marrakech

Norway's Climate and  Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen adressing the climate conference in Marrakech that ended over the weekend. PHOTO: KMD/Jon Berg

It took 10 hours of overtime talks, but Norway’s Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen thinks the landmark UN climate agreement struck in Paris last December was “anchored” in Marrakech over the weekend. After two weeks of meetings on how the Paris climate pact will be followed up and regulated, Helgesen doesn’t think even the election of […]

Solberg failed to end budget battle

Prime Minister Erna Solberg didn't manage to drum up support for her minority government's state budget over the weekend. Now top-level talks have gone into overtime, while critics complain the politicians are quibbling over details that are largely symbolic. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Prime Minister Erna Solberg finally stepped into the fray and spent much of the weekend trying to win support for her minority government’s state budget for 2017. Efforts to meet a 6pm deadline on Sunday failed, but no one wanted to admit defeat and topple Solberg’s government. Budget negotiations thus went into overtime on Monday, not […]

DNB funds sell off their pipeline stakes

DNB, headquartered here at Bjørvika in Oslo, has sold off some of its funds' stakes in companies building the pipeline, but still holds around 10 percent of the pipeline's financing. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Investment funds managed by Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, have sold off stakes in companies behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in the US. The bank is still involved in financing the pipeline but continues to “evaluate” whether to withdraw from that as well. DNB’s information director Even Westerveld confirmed to newspaper Aftenposten on Friday that its […]

‘Crisis’ looms over the state budget

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (far left) is determined to retain government power through her cooperation with (from right) party leaders Trine Skei Grande of the Liberals, Knut Arild Hareide of the Christian Democrats and Siv Jensen of the Progress Party. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Budget negotiations between Norway’s minority government coalition and its two centrist support parties in Parliament have taken a turn for the worse. There was serious talk heading into the weekend that ongoing disagreement amongst them could spark a “crisis” that may topple the government and put a Labour-led coalition in charge. Prime Minister Erna Solberg of […]

Airline offers flights to Northern Lights

The Northern Lights often put on spectacular displays, like here in Finnmark, and now have been seen several times recently in southern Norway as well. PHOTO: Forsvaret/Kristian Kapelrud

Norwegian airline Widerøe’s trademark green aircraft are nearly the same colour at their latest unusual tourist destination: the Northern Lights. Flights to see the Northern Lights, from high above any clouds that can impede viewing from the ground, are the latest in a string of efforts to generate growth for the venerable airline and help it stay competitive. […]

Torchlight parades protested fur industry

Thousands marched in torchlight parades around the country over the weekend, to demonstrate their opposition to the fur industry and fur farms in Norway. The animal rights organization NOAH also threatens to sue the state if politicians continue to allow fur farms despite repeated findings of animal abuse. Police estimated that around 4,000 demonstrators marched in Oslo […]

Krone weakens on lower oil prices

Norway's krone sunk along with oil prices again this week, but that's at least helping some exporters. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Norway’s currency, the krone, has weakened considerably against the US dollar in the past several days. Analysts mostly blame lower oil prices, but one Norwegian economist notes that the inflationary effects of a weaker krone are now mostly “behind us.” The price of a barrel of Norway’s North Sea Brent crude oil remained low on Monday, at USD […]

Budget burst over Parliament ‘mess’

This is just part of the construction "mess" that extends down both blocks on each side of the building in the photo, which once housed Halvorsens conditori. PHOTO: Stortinget

There’s a huge mess right now in the heart of Oslo, in every sense of the word. It’s costing taxpayers dearly and now looks likely to land in court, while neighbours suffer from massive disruption and delays. Members of Parliament are demanding answers and accountability. It all started when Norway’s ever-growing Parliament, fueled by a rapidly growing […]

Brende expects a free-trade freeze

Foreign Minister Børge Brende  thinks Norway needs to "sit still in the boat" until the turbulence around the Brexit vote settles down. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

After some careful and restrained initial reaction, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende is now speaking out on what the election of Donald J Trump as US president may mean for trade and the Norwegian economy. Brende sees no reason to retract some critical comments he made about Trump back in August, and thinks the prospects for more free trade will […]