Schools produce better test scores

Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (second from left, while attending a science fair in Norway) thinks Norwegian schools "are moving in the right direction." PHOTO: Kunnskapsdepartementet

Norwegian teenagers are performing much better on national and international tests. A batch of new test results are among the best ever, although many Norwegian students are still struggling with algebra. The latest results arrived this week, when the so-called PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests showed Norwegian 15-year-olds scoring better in reading, math and […]

Teenager admits double murder

PHOTO: Politi

A 15-year-old boy in Kristiansand has confessed to murdering both one of his young acquaintances and a 48-year-old mother of two at a local schoolyard Monday afternoon. The double murder shocked and scared the southern coastal town, and police are confident they’ve arrested the correct assailant. Police both in Kristiansand and from the state crime unit Kripos […]

Paying the price for state budget drama

Finance Minister Siv Jensen was back in Parliament to defend the state budget compromise, even wearing the same dress as when she first introduced the government's hotly contested state budget in early October. At left, Marit Nybakk of the Labour Party, a deputy leader of the Parliament (Stortinget). PHOTO: Stortinget

NEWS ANALYSIS: Criticism flew, the main players including Finance Minister Siv Jensen fought off exhaustion, the government coalition was arguably weakened and lots of Norway’s oil money was ultimately approved to finance it all. Norway’s state budget for next year finally cleared Parliament on Monday, but the price was high for all involved. Finance Minister Siv Jensen, wearing […]

Building boom may lower housing prices

Lots of new housing units are under construction right in front of Oslo's co-called "Bar Code" strip of highrises. While they carry high pricetags, researchers think a residential building boom may bring down prices by 2019, as more supply becomes available. PHOTO: Berglund

There were signs of it already, when Norway’s national real estate association revealed its latest batch of sales statistics on Monday: Even though housing prices rose again in Oslo and Akershus, they fell in many areas of the country last month. State statistics bureau SSB thinks the latter trend will start to set in, and that […]

Norwegians fear snooping at NAV

More trouble at state welfare agence NAV as its IT director quits. PHOTO: Arbeids- og sosialdepartement

Norway’s large social welfare agency NAV, which handles everything from pension payments to those for sick leave and unemployment, is under scrutiny after reports that NAV workers have snooped through the files of Norwegians receiving NAV benefits. Nearly 40 complaints have been filed in the past month by NAV clients who fear their privacy has been invaded. […]

Norwegian Air still faces a battle in US

Another Norwegian unit, Arctic Aviation Assets, ordered 30 new Airbus A321 Long Range jets, that will need routes to fly when they hit the market in 2019. Norwegian already runs a growing fleet of long-distance Boeing 787 Dreamliners. PHOTO: Norwegian Air

Members of the US Congress on both sides of the aisle are not quietly accepting a US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision that finally grants traffic rights to Oslo-based Norwegian Air’s Irish subsidiary. Opponents claim Norwegian’s expansion in the US market will cost American and European jobs, while Norwegian Air claims it will create more of them. “This is a […]

Solberg survives budget crisis

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg could finally wrap a few holiday gifts this weekend after winning a green-light, quite literally, for her minority government’s highly contested state budget proposal for next year. All four party leaders involved announced their budget breakthrough Saturday evening, based on nearly NOK 3 billion worth of extra climate measures. Solberg thanked all those “who […]

Norway’s new reality begins to set in

Sharply reduced investment in the oil industry has cut demand for the drilling solutions offered by companies like National Oilwell Varco, which announced major layoffs in Norway on Wednesday. PHOTO: NOV

NEWS ANALYSIS: As government leaders scurried from one state budget crisis meeting to another heading into the weekend, Norway’s oil- and oil-related companies have been dealing with crises that are much more direct, and painful. One of Norway’s top political commentators helped put things in perspective just ahead of the government’s D-Day over the budget on […]

Former Yara boss wins his appeal

Yara International, one of the world's biggest fertilizer producers, is caught in a huge bribery scandal but it hasn't badly affected its share price. Current management seems intent on carrying on, with those charged in the case mostly belonging to the company's earlier top management team. PHOTO: Yara

Thorleif Enger, the embattled former chief executive of Oslo-based fertilizer firm Yara, was acquitted on Friday by the jury hearing his appeal of his conviction for corruption. Two other former Yara bosses were also cleared, with only one member of Yara’s longtime management team convicted of corruption involving Yara operations in Libya and India. The acquittals […]

Pipeline protests reach Parliament


SEE THE VIDEO: Protests in Norway against construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in the US have not subsided. Scores of protesters gathered in front of the Norwegian Parliament Thursday evening, shortly after Greenpeace Norway presented a demand backed by 420 organizations in 50 countries that Norway’s biggest bank and many others immediately suspend funding for the […]