Terror threat now ‘somewhat reduced’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) reported Sunday that it had received “new information” that indicated the threat of a terrorist attack in Norway was “somewhat reduced” from the level the country faced last week. Police intend to maintain preparedness at high levels, though, at least through Monday. PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland said at […]

Norway Cup starts with few dropouts

Norway Cup, often ranked as the largest youth football tournament in the world, is underway again in Oslo despite new threats of terror against Norway. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

More than 30,000 young football enthusiasts from all over the world are in Oslo for the annual Norway Cup football tournament that kicks off this weekend. It still ranks as the world’s largest youth football tournament, also after a few Norwegian football teams dropped out because of terrorism fears. The teams, from small towns around Norway, […]

Record heatwave may finally ease

The forests, like this one in Østmarka, are so dry around the Oslo area after weeks of hot weather that authorities have banned all campfires and warned people not to smoke anywhere near trees or dry grass. Rain was predicted, and welcome. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

UPDATED: Norwegians literally sweated through the terror threat that descended on them last week, as a lengthy, record-breaking heatwave continued to extend from north to south. Thermometers hit their highest July temperature ever recorded at the state meteorologic institute at the University of Oslo at Blindern, but the weather cooled down a bit by Sunday, with some […]

ID now required at border crossings

UPDATED: Confusion reigned on Saturday as Nordic citizens, who’ve been able to cross borders within the Nordic countries relatively freely, suddenly had to carry either a passport or an international ID card when arriving in Norway on Saturday. Heightened security at border checkpoints means returning Norwegians must also be prepared to show their passport or other official […]

Tall Ships sail on, despite terror threat

Tall Ships Races in Fredrikstad

PHOTO FEATURE: Dozens of the most graceful and historic vessels in the world have been sailing along Norway’s coast this month, as the annual Tall Ships Races called first at Fredrikstad in the south and then, this week, sailed into Bergen. The Tall Ships Races scheduled for this weekend unexpectedly coincided with heightened security around the country […]

On high alert into the weekend

The head of Norway's Police Directorate, Odd Reidar Humlegård said

Norway’s Police Directorate continued to increase its security capacity on Friday afternoon, saying it still did not know what kind of threat Norway faced and had to build up endurance going into the weekend. Foreign Minister Børge Brende said he would not be cancelling his plans in the face of the terror threat, and urged […]

Statoil on results, safety and sanctions

Statoil CEO Helge Lund has had to deal this week with nightmare consequences of his company's international expansion into high-risk areas. PHOTO: Statoil

Statoil’s results for the second quarter of 2014 revealed adjusted earnings were lower than expected, but the net profit was better than anticipated. Chief Executive Helge Lund said the potential for more political and economic sanctions against Russia posed a challenged for Norway’s biggest company, and he also confirmed Statoil had taken steps to protect […]

PST: Terrorist group has left Syria

A group has left Syria with the aim of targeting Norway in a terror attack, the police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) revealed on Friday. Police are piecing together more information about what they’re calling a credible but unspecified terror threat expected against Norway in the coming days. Authorities announced on Thursday they had intelligence an […]

Muslims react while fingers point

Street scene in Oslo's Grønland district. PHOTO: Views and News

UPDATED: Norwegian authorities believe a group with extreme Islamist links is behind the “non-specific but credible” terror threat against Norway, and it emerged on Friday that the period covered by the threat includes significant Muslim holy days such as the “Night of Power.” The head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) said vulnerable Norwegians should […]

Rare openness wins rare praise

From left, Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland and acting Police Directorate chief Vidar Refvik at the press conference on Thursday morning. Politicians across the spectrum have praised the way the authorities have handled the threat, but terror experts were split over whether it was right to alarm the public. PHOTO: Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet screenshot/newsinenglish.no

The Norwegian Justice Ministry, police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) and the Police Directorate were winning praise, also from opposition politicians, on Thursday for their communication and transparency surrounding a terror threat against Norway in the coming days. The authorities announced they’d received a credible threat to Norway’s safety and believed a group with links to extreme Islamists […]