Sweden hails Norway in rare broadcast

Relations between Norway and Sweden are officially excellent, but privately many Swedes and Norwegians have badgered and belittled each other for years. Most of the incessant ridicule is based on rivalry and even envy, but now Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT has sent some rare, genuine compliments and congratulations that have caught Norwegians by surprise. The occasion was Norway’s national day on […]

Tourism booms in Norway’s Arctic

SVALBARD: Strong growth within Norway’s tourism industry is also extending well into the Arctic. On Svalbard, tourism is undergoing a boom that’s now being fueled by major new investment, while also raising safety and climate concerns. Svalbard, the remote Arctic archipelago that’s been administered by Norway for nearly 100 years, has gone through waves of economic activity, from […]

More Norwegians favour immigration

As Norwegians gear up to celebrate their national day on the 17th of May, a new survey shows that a majority of them now think immigration has been good for the country. There’s been a sharp rise in the number favouring immigration just since last year. The survey, conducted by research firm Ipsos/MMI in cooperation […]

Knausgård offers a new look at Munch

One of Norway’s most internationally prominent authors, Karl Ove Knausgård, has put together an exhibit of works by the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, in a creative effort by Oslo’s Munch Museum to offer “a different, new and fresh look” at Munch’s artistry. The result is likely to at least delight all those who’ve complained for years […]

Small parties are the mice that roar

NEWS ANALYSIS: The leader of Norway’s Christian Democrats party has proven once again that small political parties like his like to think big. This weekend it’s Knut Arild Hareide’s turn to rally his troops, and he launched the Christian Democrats’ national meeting by calling for nothing less than a change in government, and forming a new one […]

Organized begging unleashes anger

UPDATED: Officials from both ends of the political spectrum said they were angered and sad after state broadcaster NRK revealed Tuesday night how many Romanian beggars in Norway appear to be part of criminal organizations that also engage in prostitution, theft and drug dealing. The Romanian men in charge even flaunt ill-gotten gains on social media, including lots […]

New Munch Museum rises in ‘New Oslo’

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo’s new Munch Museum is now rising on the eastern waterfront of the Norwegian capital, influencing the city’s landscape in line with the impact of Edvard Munch’s art. The new museum is further shaping “The New Oslo” through a burst of construction that, like the spring season itself, is bursting out all over. Oslo’s […]

Hot housing market starts to cool down

Real estate brokers in Norway say they’re seeing clear signs that the country’s overheated housing market of the past few years is finally starting to cool down. Buyers are more cautious and price growth, especially in Oslo, flattened out in March. Norway’s national real estate organization Eiendom Norge released new housing price statistics on Wednesday that showed […]

Norway needs to secure welfare state

NEWS ANALYSIS: Few countries are as financially fit to secure social welfare systems as Norway, which has spent the past 20 years stashing away its oil wealth for future generations. Most of that money, though, is meant to preserve pensions, so the government now needs to keep its social welfare state intact as well, amidst debate […]

‘Not a good day for Muslims’ in Norway

UPDATED: A Muslim member of the Norwegian parliament, Abid Raja, was among public figures reacting negatively on Tuesday to news that Norway’s Islamic Council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN) has hired a new colleague to handle communications who covers her face and body with a niqab. Only Leyla Hasic’s eyes can be seen by those communicating with her, and […]