Solberg hits the ‘re-start’ button

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been huddling this week with her fellow party leaders needed to keep her government together. They all returned to the Oslo hotel where their government program was hatched after the elections of 2013, and emerged from meetings claiming they were ready to carry on. “We have been though a demanding period, […]

Young woman arrested after bomb threat

An 18-year-old woman was arrested by police in Bergen on Wednesday in connection with a bomb threat against a flight from airline Widerøe at Bergen’s Flesland Airport. The threat resulted in a full evacuation of the airport Tuesday night. Airport officials initially described the threat merely as a “security situation,” without specifying that it involved a specific […]

Flights grounded as strike spreads

Norwegian may be nosing into a strike. PHOTO: Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air grounded all its domestic flights within Norway, Sweden and Denmark on Wednesday, after the Norwegian Pilot Union moved forward with plans to pull 650 of its members out of their cockpits. Flights were also cancelled between the Scandinavian capitals. The airline estimated that around 35,000 passengers were affected in Scandinavia alone. Norwegian Air officials […]

Kaci takes over Nobel Committee

Kaci Kullmann Five is the new leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides who wins the Nobel Peace Prize. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Kaci Kullmann Five, a former trade minister and head of the Conservative Party, took over as leader on Tuesday of the small but powerful Oslo-based committee that decides who wins the Nobel Peace Prize every year. The new conservative majority in Norway’s Parliament led to a political shift on the committee, unseating its controversial chairman for […]

276 candidates for Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee met on Tuesday to start sorting through the 276 nominations that have been submitted for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The number of the candidates is the second-highest in history. The committee, which also elected a new leader on Tuesday, never reveals who’s been nominated for the Peace Prize, but […]

Norwegian’s boss hit from all sides

PHOTO: Berglund

Bjørn Kjos, the former fighter jet pilot who launched Norwegian Air, had to see his airline cancel 13 more flights on Tuesday and face mass cancellations on Wednesday, when another 600 pilots are poised to go on strike. Kjos is now fighting to keep the airline he launched just over a decade ago aloft, as the pilots’ strike […]

State prosecutes illegal wolf hunting

Wolves like this one are viewed as a threat to ranchers, but an enrichment of Norway's wildlife by others. There are now an estimated 40 wolves in Norway, and state authorities are trying to protect them from illegal hunting. PHOTO

A landmark trial began this week in Hedmark County, where six hunters are under indictment for alleged illegal wolf hunting. The hunters have all pleaded not guilty, even though the main defendant bragged in a taped phone conversation that he shot a wolf last spring. “It was great fun, just what we’d hoped for,” he was […]

Holmenkollen offers a room with a view


The ski association responsible for operating Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump has resorted to a new means of promoting the landmark, which has a history of high costs and huge budget overruns. Skiforeningen has now agreed to open the ski jump’s tower for two nights of lodging at no charge through the social media marketplace Airbnb. Jeanette Hansen, […]

Labour promises to impose more tax

Raymond Johansen is a powerful person within Norway's Labour Party, which currently holds government power, but he says he's only "personally" calling for changes in the Norwegian Nobel Committee. PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

You read that correctly: The Norwegian Labour Party offered an example of one of those “Only in Norway” sorts of moments, when it vowed over the weekend to launch into this fall’s municipal election campaign in Oslo with a proposal to impose a new property tax. Labour’s candidate as head of Oslo’s city government, Raymond […]

New rhetoric on Russia under fire

Nemtsov memorial outside Russian Embassy

Flowers and candlelight outside the Russian Embassy in Oslo on Sunday reflected local concern and alarm over the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. As the Norwegian government joined calls for an independent investigation into Nemtsov’s murder, its colder approach to Russia as expressed by Norwegian defense minister Ine Eriksen Søreide last week has come under fire. Norwegian […]