FM radio fans air pirate broadcasts

Norway officially switched over to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) on a nationwide basis this week, but that doesn’t mean FM radios are only full of static around the country. Nearly 200 local FM radio stations are allowed to keep broadcasting through 2022, while DAB dislikers and FM defenders are starting up pirate broadcasts as well. […]

Oil Fund turns ‘climate activist’

Risk assessments already being made by Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund may now help reverse climate change. The fund’s chief, Yngve Slyngstad, and Nowegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg played key roles at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “One Planet Summit” in Paris this week, with Slyngstad talking about how investors can […]

Russians guided around F35 base

Norway’s newly expanded Ørland Air Force Base has been kept mostly off limits for Norwegian photo-journalists and many others, but Russian officers were given a tour of it last week. The tour can be viewed as an important move towards easing recent tensions between Norway and Russia, while newspaper Aftenposten described it as a “paradox.” Defense […]

New fighter jets flew in ‘jul’ formation

Norwegians all over the country got a rare glimpse of their new F35 fighter jets on Tuesday when two of them, along with 12 of Norway’s older F16s, flew in formation from north to south. It was an unusual display that had a variety of purposes, also as an annual Christmas greeting to all those […]

Nuclear fears spur call for iodine pills

Norwegian authorities issued an unusual warning on Tuesday. They claim the risk of nuclear accidents has risen, and they’re asking communities and pharmacies all over the country to stock up on iodine pills to help fend off cancer following any spread of radiation. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the state health directorate (Helsedirektoratet) is worried […]

Listhaug sets off more controversy

Sylvi Listhaug, Norway’s government minister in charge of immigration and integration, set off more debate this week after releasing the results of a study she’d ordered. It confirms that Norwegians with immigrant background are over-represented in crime statistics, a fact Listhaug seized upon while downplaying how the study also shows the degree of over-representation declining […]

Norway poised for a new government

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of discussions, Norway’s Liberal Party is moving forward with efforts to join the country’s conservative minority coalition government. The move still won’t leave an expanded coalition with a majority in Parliament, but all three parties and others involved now see advantages of working together in a new government. There are still […]

Catholic diocese convicted of fraud

The Oslo City Court has found the Catholic diocese in Norway’s capital guilty of fraud, after ruling in a criminal case that it illegally inflated its membership numbers and thus received excessive amounts of public funding. The court acquitted a former church official of criminal charges, but ordered the diocese to pay a fine of NOK 2 […]

Support for nuke ban lit up the streets

A Norwegian professor is among those who nominated this year’s winner of the  Nobel Peace Prize. He’s far from the only one to strongly support the work of the  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as thousands of Norwegians also took to the streets to hail ICAN leaders. “I’m so glad the (Norwegian Nobel) […]

Solberg calls Nobel ceremony ‘difficult’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg braved the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Sunday, even trying to smile through speeches that accused Norway and other nations of contributing to the threat of nuclear destruction. Solberg was criticized, though, for not always clapping along with the audience and the Royal Family, saying she found the […]