National Museum turns on the charm

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s new National Museum is rising on Oslo’s western waterfront, and attracting some unusually harsh criticism two years before it even opens. Museum staff and state officials met the critics with a charm offensive, though, and offered the public a peek at what’s going on behind its new brick walls. “It’s incomprehensible that […]

Krone expected to rise against dollar

Norway’s central bank refrained once again from raising interest rates on Thursday but now states that it’s “likely” to do so in September. That in turn can boost the value of the country’s currency, the krone, which already is expected to strengthen significantly against the US dollar next year. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) was even […]

Telenor hit with enormous fine

Norway’s top state competition regulator slapped leading telecoms firm Telenor, which remains majority-owned by the Norwegian state, with a fine of NOK 788 million (USD 97 million) on Thursday. The authorities claim Telenor abused its market power by preventing competitors from establishing a third mobile phone network in Norway. Telenor disagrees and is expected to […]

‘Retired’ bishop rallies for peace

Gunnar Stålsett, the retired bishop of Oslo, spent much of his career championing peace and reconciliation, also as a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. At an age of 83 he’s still promoting peace while traveling the globe, and feels he recently made some progress in Myanmar along with a large delegation from the New […]

Norwegian takeover can threaten SAS

Norwegian Air founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos remains keen to hang on to the airline he’s nurtured over the past 15 years. A possible takeover by Lufthansa, however, would likely hurt Norwegian Air’s main rival, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), while also creating a new giant low-fare carrier in Europe. Shares in Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) remained […]

Wolf pups found in eastern Oslo forest

Norwegian wildlife authorities have confirmed the discovery of a litter of baby wolves in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka. That brings the number of new wolf litters to three in Norway and a fourth along the border to Sweden, prompting other state officials to authorize a new wolf hunt this winter that’s sure to […]

Labour admits to ‘frustrating’ months

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre had to face an assembled press corps on Tuesday to deliver the traditional mid-year status report expected of all political parties. “It’s been a frustrating half-year,” Store admitted, in what arguably can be viewed as the ultimate understatement. Støre’s dream of becoming Norway’s prime minister currently […]

Now Lufthansa is eyeing Norwegian

UPDATED: Stock in Oslo-based Norwegian Air was taking off once again on Monday, after Lufthansa said it was evaluating a possible takeover of Norwegian Air. Norwegian Air’s founder and boss Bjørn Kjos confirmed he’s had direct contact with his counterpart at Lufthansa over “interest” that can pit the giant German carrier against the Spanish and […]

Huge new contracts fuel the oil industry

Just two weeks after a huge new drilling rig for Norway’s state-owned oil company was completed and towed away from Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, Equinor (formerly Statoil) was busy handing out billions of kroner worth of more contracts. The new wave of work for the oil service business confirms that Norway’s oil age is far […]

Refugees going hungry in Norway

Nearly half of all the refugee residents of asylum centers in Norway are often hungry, while 90 percent also say they lack access to enough food or nutritious food. A study by OsloMet, a state university in Oslo, released the findings on Monday and called them “worrisome.” “In a country like Norway, it’s worrisome that […]