Politicians shamed into closing garage

Unpopular politicians at Oslo’s City Hall have been removing or taxing street parking while having access to free parking themselves at City Hall’s own garage. After a rash of public protests, City Council members from the Labour, Greens and Socialist Left parties now say they intend to start imposing parking fees on themselves and may […]

Hagen’s Nobel dream dies hard

Progress Party politician Carl I Hagen can’t simply resign from his elected duty as a substitute Member of Parliament (MP) in order to make his dream of becoming a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee come true. Hagen tried to resign as an MP on Wednesday but Eivind Smith, a law professor at the University […]

Søreide puts more pressure on Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide made her first official trip to Asia in her new role this week. It landed her in the midst of the international outrage over how Myanmar, which has received enormous amounts of foreign aid from Norway for years, has treated its Rohingya minority. Søreide had a clear message for Nobel […]

NRK celebrates Norway’s first Emmy

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) was topping all its morning newscasts on Tuesday with reports of how its television drama Mammon 2 won Norway’s first Emmy Award for best international drama series during the night. The coveted Emmy was described as “historic,” and a new milestone for Norwegian television production. “This is so much fun, completly wild!” […]

20,000 free parking spots to disappear

The City of Oslo started removing more free street parking on Monday. City officials are targeting the affluent west side district of Frogner first, with thousands more spots on the chopping block next year. All registered car owners in Oslo’s Frogner district received letters from the city less than two weeks ago, informing them that […]

Parties reject Hagen as Nobel candidate

A majority of all the political parties in Parliament asked the Progress Party on Monday to find a candidate other than its former leader, Carl I Hagen, for its seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee that chooses Peace Prize winners. The Progress Party, however, is defying all the protests over Hagen’s nomination, leading to a remarkable […]

Norwegian IS member sentenced to jail

A 34-year-old Norwegian from Verdal in Trøndelag was sentenced to prison for seven-and-a-half years on Monday. Kristian Michelsen appealed on the spot, while prosecutors are also considering an appeal because they don’t think his jail term is long enough. Michelsen traveled to Syria in 2014 to fight for IS but claims he never took part […]

Customers battle DNB in court

Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, has landed in more trouble with angry customers. Not only did DNB have to start defending itself Monday against the largest class-action lawsuit ever filed in Norway, it’s also losing customers who found out the bank hasn’t completely severed ties to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in the US after […]

Erdogan ‘milking’ NATO and Norway

UPDATED: Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was “milking” an offensive incident at a NATO exercise in Norway last week for all it’s worth during the weekend, claims the editor of a Turkish-Norwegian political website. Top NATO and Norwegian officials both extended apologies to Erdogan, but he wasn’t willing to accept them. On Monday, Norway’s […]

Sexual harassment complaints soar

Nearly 500 actresses in Norway have signed a petitition complaining of sexual harassment on the job, with many of them anonymously sharing details of the harassment and assaults they’ve suffered personally. The petition is the latest in a wave of complaints from women working in the media, academia and business in Norway, set off by […]