Ministers meet to hash out budget

Siv Jensen, Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Finance Minister Siv Jensen gathered their government colleagues on Wednesday for a final round of negotiations, as they hammer out the first state budget of their new administration. Proposed tax cuts and debate over how much they should tap from the state’s burgeoning oil fund are among discussion topics that were high […]

Støre blames loss on July 22 attacks

New Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was promoting his new book on Tuesday, entitled "I bevegelse" (literally, "In movement"). PHOTO: Cappelen Damm

New Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre released a new book on Tuesday in which he puts much of the blame for Labour’s loss of government power last year on the July 22 attacks carried out by a lone bomber and gunman in 2011. Instead of winning and retaining a sympathy vote, Støre thinks voters […]

Medieval graves unearthed in Oslo

Archaeologists working in the area where the new Follo train line is being built have made more interesting discoveries. PHOTO: NIKU

Archaeologists working in advance of a major railway expansion project in Oslo have unearthed around 100 skeletons from more graves found in the area around the city’s Middelalderparken, a park on the site of Oslo’s oldest area dating back to the Middle Ages. It’s not the first time archaeologists have made such discoveries in Oslo’s Bjørvika […]

Vandals hit hot water in Oslo

This is what met police and officials for Oslo utility firm Hafslund in the middle of the night. Vandals who set off the geyser caused a loss of hot water and heating for around 26,000 homes and businesses downtown. PHOTO: Hafslund

UPDATED: More than 20,000 Oslo residents weren’t able to take a hot shower Tuesday morning, after vandals reportedly clogged a pipe in utility firm Hafslund’s system that provides heat and hot water to homes and businesses in the downtown area. Hafslund managed to get hot water restored in at least some areas, though, by noon. Police were […]

Thousands marched against extremism

Thousands filled the plaza in front of Norway's Parliament on Monday to demonstrate against Islamic extremists. The demonstration was initiated by Norwegian Muslims who are horrified by violent extremists in Syria and Iraq and some local extremists who've supported them. State broadcaster NRK carried the demonstration on national TV. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Thousands of mobilized Muslims and Christians alike marched through the streets of Oslo on Monday evening, expressing what one Muslim cleric called “collective disgust” for violent extremism in the name of Islam. “Not in our name,” the crowd claimed in the major demonstration that was called an “historic turning point” as diverse participants “stood together” against terrorism and brutality. The demonstration brought together […]

Carlsen pressured to defend title

PHOTO: Erlend Aas/NTB Scanpix

Russian officials are threatening to effectively strip chess world champion Magnus Carlsen of his title if he fails to defend it in Sochi in November. Carlsen, exhausted after this month’s Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, is already on his way to another tournament in the US and hasn’t committed to play in a new world championship as […]

Murder suspect turns himself in

Police issued this photo of the murder suspect, but warned the public against having contact with him. PHOTO: Politiet

The 23-year-old Norwegian man suspected of murdering his stepfather and then burning his body in a forest near the Hafjell ski resort 10 days ago has turned himself in to police in Rotterdam , reports the Lillehammer newspaper Byavisa. Police confirmed that he’s now in custody in The Netherlands. Kim Andreas Kristiansen, from Øyer in the valley […]

NHH opposes any merger with UiB

The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) has many proud students, faculty and, not least, alumni in powerful positions. They seem unlikely to go along with any plan to merge NHH with the University of Bergen. PHOTO: NHH

The University of Bergen (UiB) seems far more positive towards a potential merger with the Bergen-based Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) than NHH does. News of exploratory talks between the two proud institutions of higher education have drawn both frowns and support, while NHH students are firmly opposed. “We don’t want a merger with UiB,” Dina Mikalsen, […]

Oil players gather to tackle change

ONS Exhibition

Around 60,000 people tied to or challenging the oil industry were once again meeting in Stavanger, Norway’s west coast oil capital, for the Offshore Northern Seas conference and exhibition this week. The event has attracted more than a thousand companies from 100 different countries, along with royalty, government officials and Tesla founder Elon Musk, and this […]

No end in sight to teachers’ strike

Teachers on strike at Markaplassen School in Trondheim mounted a banner with their main demand: Flexible work hours. PHOTO: Utdanningsforbundet

Talks broke down once again on Sunday between representatives for striking teachers and the Norwegian municipal employers’ organization, KS. As the strike entered its eighth week on Monday, and the third week since school was supposed to start, speculation ran high that the strike may drag on for a long time. Meetings ended Friday with plans for renewed […]