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 […]

Center partied all weekend long

NEWS ANALYSIS: Brimming with self-confidence as they head into the September parliamentary election, members of Norway’s Center Party gathered for a party indeed at their recent annual national meeting in Trondheim. So bold has the anti-EU, anti-urban and anti-reform party become that it even stole the slogan of the rival Conservative Party that leads the current government, as […]

Norway the world’s happiest country

Norway has long been considered one of the best countries in the world in which to live, and now it tops the world’s “global happiness rankings” as well. It grabbed the top spot away from Denmark, which now ranks second. The World Happiness Report was first compiled in 2012, after the UN’s General Assembly had passed a resolution […]

Wild reindeer face a mass slaughter

Wildlife authorities fear that two large herds of wild reindeer that roam Norway’s central mountain plateau called Hardangervidda have been infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). They also fear that the only way to halt the spread of the disease is through a mass slaughter of as many as 13,000 of the majestic animals. “This […]

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 […]

Winter holidays may soon melt away

Scenic landscapes, crisp cold air and lots of snow for skiing have created the tradition of winter holidays for millions of Norwegians over the years. As many headed home over the weekend from mountain cabins and hotels, though, they were acutely aware that the tradition is under threat because of the lack of the most […]