Dual citizenship put up for hearing

The Norwegian government has moved forward with its proposal to do away with the country’s long-standing principle of only allowing single citizenship. It sent its proposal to finally allow dual citizenship in Norway out to hearing just before Christmas. The conservative government coalition’s change of heart on the issue, which has been debated for years, […]

Year ended with upbeat statistics

The Christmas and New Year holidays are supposed to be a time for thoughtful assessments of the year that’s passed and the one that’s about to begin. New statistics show that Norwegians have more reasons to wave their flag and cheer their good fortune as they head into 2018. Despite all the news about political […]

Holiday lights help brighten the nights

PHOTO FEATURE: Stores closed and streets fell silent as Norway settled into its traditional three-day Christmas celebrations on julaften (Sunday this year). Massive arrays of holiday lights, however, will continue to brighten the darkness of mid-winter in Oslo and other cities, exactly 125 years after Norway’s capital got its first electric streetlamps. It wasn’t always […]

Immigration wins more supporters

Norwegians continue to have a more positive impression of immigrants, according to the latest national survey conducted by state statistics bureau SSB. More think it should be easier for asylum seekers to settle down in Norway and that immigrants make a useful contribution to the workforce, while most immigrants themselves are satisfied with life in […]

Peace Prize put a squeeze on Norway

Nobel Peace Prize Day in Oslo dawned with clear and sunny skies on Sunday, but not everyone was celebrating. The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) challenges Norwegian leaders to finally support a ban themselves, and now pressure is building on them […]

Melgaard trims an unconventional tree

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard offered his own unique way of launching the holiday season in his homeland’s capital during the weekend. At the invitation of Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum, Melgaard decorated the museum’s indoor Christmas tree this year, and it drew quite a crowd to the museum’s lobby. The Astrup Fearnley Museet (Museum), […]

Nobel Committee ‘deserves better’

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian Nobel Committee will be awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize next weekend, after having to put up with weeks of unprecedented political debate in Norway over how Parliament chooses committee members. Now calls are going out that both the committee and its professional support apparatus at the Norwegian Nobel Institute deserve […]

Labour sinks into a post-election ‘crisis’

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian Labour Party and especially its embattled leader, Jonas Gahr Støre, have been clobbered by yet another rash of terrible poll results. They show how Labour voters are still fleeing to other parties, that Støre is far from favoured as a prime minister candidate and now, that less than half of Labour’s […]

End of an era on Norway’s Svalbard

The Arctic territory of Svalbard has long been administered by Norway, with coal mining as it major source of income. Now Norway’s government has formally decided against bailing out the Svalbard coal mining operations it owns once again, marking the end of one era and, hope most involved, the beginning of another that will continue […]

Prime ministers make new history

Six of Norway’s prime ministers over the past 36 years are making history once again. Several were formerly bitter political foes, but now they share the experience of having run the country in good times and bad, and they’ve met over a friendly dinner to simply chat, reminisce and give each other both critical feedback and […]