Stunning sunsets ‘a scream in nature’

As sunshine broke through thick morning fog over the Oslo Fjord on Tuesday, residents may be able to later witness more of the spectacular sunsets that caught lots of attention in the Norwegian capital last week. While stunning to watch, state meteorologists warned that the reason for the phenomenon isn’t as beautiful. Social media has been full […]

Anxiety abounds as Trump takes office

Never before have a Norwegian prime minister, foreign minister and defense minister faced more uncertainty and anxiety following the inauguration of a US president. As Donald J Trump begins his first week in the White House, the messages he was sending remained unclear, while Norway also may get caught in squeezes between the US and China, the EU and Russia. […]

How Norway can ease Trump trauma

As Norwegian politicians feel compelled to “wait and see” how their longtime US ally behaves under its tough-talking new president, Donald J Trump, others warn against remaining too passive. A foreign policy expert had some words of advice on Monday. Ulf Sverdrup, director of the Norwegian foreign policy institute NUPI, noted how leaders in Norway and many other countries […]

‘Game over’ for Norway’s seal hunt

Norway’s northern city of Tromsø used to be a major port for Norway’s controversial seal hunters, but they’ve now faded into the history books. For the first time in several hundred years, not a single Norwegian boat is heading out to hunt seals this season, and proponents of the hunt now blame climate change. “It’s over. Game over. […]

More trouble for Telenor, in Bulgaria

Norway’s international telecoms firm Telenor has run into even more trouble at its overseas operations. This time the problems are in Bulgaria, where a police investigation is now underway into what the company calls “economic crime.” Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Friday that Telenor discovered shortly after buying its Bulgarian operation in 2013 that it […]

The Alliance strikes back under Jens

NATO, the world’s largest defense alliance, is not “obsolete,” according to the former Norwegian prime minister leading it, Jens Stoltenberg. He’s had to be on the defensive himself this week, after more unexpected rumblings from the man moving into the White House on Friday, Donald Trump, but the unflappable Stoltenberg seems to be taking it all in stride. Stoltenberg […]

Expert warns of Arctic drilling risks

A highly acclaimed Oxford professor who’s considered an expert on energy research has thrown cold water on Norway’s hopes for a new oil era in the Arctic. Dieter Helm doesn’t think oil prices will rise much higher and are more likely to fall, making costly oil investments in the Barents Sea unprofitable. Helm, addressing an annual gathering of top oil […]

DAB knocked out by fiber cable cuts

Just a week after Norwegian authorities proudly began forcing radio listeners over to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), they had to admit to major trouble Wednesday night that literally cut out DAB coverage all over the country. DAB radios were working again Thursday morning, but the disruption sent out warnings that the system is not as “robust” as officials […]

Catholics ordered to repay state funding

The Oslo Catholic Diocese has lost its case against the state and been ordered by a local court to repay around NOK 40 million (USD 4.8 million) it had received in state support. The court found that state funding sought and received by the diocese was based on fabricated membership numbers, and it was also ordered to […]

Christian Democrats help rein in UDI

Norway’s Christian Democrats party has gone along with forming a majority in Parliament that will stop state immigration agency UDI from revoking citizenship granted to immigrants on false premises. Only the courts will be able to revoke citizenship in the future. The move means that both the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkepartiet, KrF) and the Liberals (Venstre) are breaking […]