Oslo may get its own national park

The hills and forests east of Oslo are full of long lakes and relatively untouched areas to this east of this dam at Nord Elvåga. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Norway’s capital is surrounded by a fjord on one side and hilly forests on the other.  Efforts are rising to protect some of the latter within the borders of a new national park. “Just think how we could tell tourists that they could take the tram to a national park while in Oslo,” Lars Haltbrekken, leader of […]

Solberg stands by embattled minister

Prime Minister Erna Solberg seems to stsill be standing by her embattled justice minister, Anders Anundsen, also after a crushing report about his ministry's failure to improve emergency preparedness. PHOTO: Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen was back in the news at the end of what already had been a tough week for the Progress Party politician. A state auditor’s report charging that his ministry has failed to improve emergency preparedness left even his government’s support parties fuming, but Prime Minister Erna Solberg was standing by him. Just […]

Norway’s Eurovision song moves along

PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/NRK screen grab

Norway’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest won a chance Thursday night to compete again in the finals on Saturday in Vienna. Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett will be up against songs from 26 other countries and some think they have a good chance of winning. “This is completely fantastic,” Mørland, who wrote their song called A […]

Fire sparked fear and injury in Bergen

A dramatic fire in downtown Bergen forced the evacuation of 22 people Thursday night and left several injured as it threatened an historic neighbourhood. Witnesses reported one man hanging from the roof of a house as he made a desperate attempt to escape. Police told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that six people were injured, some of them seriously. […]

SV hits new low, Greens blossom

Meanwhile, Rasmus Hansson's Greens Party (MDG) seems to have attracted many of SV's old voters and is sowing the seeds for a strong showing in the looming local government elections. PHOTO: Miljøpartiet De Grønne

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV), once a mighty force on the left side of Norwegian politics, has sunk to a new low in public opinion polls. After 18 months below the level needed for representation in Parliament, SV may have lost its most important basis of support, while the Greens party keeps growing, […]

Eurovision artists ‘should be paid’

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett were ready for more Eurovision action Thursday, after winning Norway's preliminary song contest competition earlier this spring. PHOTO: NRK/Facebook

A local organization of performing artists has accused Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) of exploiting the singers, dancers and musicians who compete in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which NRK mounts locally every year. Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett are the latest to represent Norway after winning NRK’s preliminaries earlier this spring. They call themselves simply Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, […]

New pilots’ strike hits SAS flights

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) reports a double-digit increase in passengers as does rival Norwegian. PHOTO: Oslo Lufthavn

LATEST UPDATES: One of the Norwegian pilots’ unions at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) broke off negotiations on a new contract early Thursday morning, launching the first phase of a strike that initially would affect some intercontinental flights. More flights will be grounded if no negotiations resume over the next few days, but Swedish pilots came to terms with SAS later […]

Analyst predicts ‘new oil age’

Statoil's new oil discovery is located just north of the Grane Field pictured here. PHOTO: Statoil/Øyvind Hagen

Finally some good news for Norway’s suddenly hard-pressed oil industry: A top energy analyst told a packed conference in Stavanger this week that he thinks the downturn will itself turn around later this year. “A new oil age” will arrive, declared Jarand Rystad. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) described Rystad as one of the world’s most acclaimed […]

Leasing decline reflects slowdown

Important commercial centers in Oslo and west to Bærum and Asker are seeing more vacant office buildings and a decline in leasing rates. That's a "good indicator" of an economic slowdown, says one economist, while top state officials still aren't overly concerned. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Vacancy rates are rising and leasing rates falling in the commercial real estate market in and around Oslo, with experts claiming that’s an early warning of tougher times ahead. Neither the governor of Norway’s central bank nor the country’s finance minister are overly concerned about an economic slowdown, but others claim it’s now being felt nationwide. Office vacancy rates […]

Massive abuse case unfolds in Tromsø

Police in the northern Norwegian city of Tromsø reported Wednesday that a male employee of a local day care center is now charged with sexually abusing 11 children and they fear more young victims may be involved. The Norwegian man charged in the case has admitted guilt in several of the alleged assaults. Police were still […]