Northern Norway’s grief remembered

Kirkenes was only one of the cities in Northern Norway that was completely destroyed by retreating Nazi German forces. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Norway’s late King Olav V called it the greatest castastrophe in Norwegian history since the plague devastated the country in 1349. This week marks 70 years since the Norwegian liberation hopes raised by Soviet soldiers, who pushed occupying Nazi German forces out of Northern Norway in October 1944, turned to despair when the retreating Nazi troops responded by destroying […]

New unit to probe unsolved crimes

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said Thursday that highly criticized investigation around the death of an eight-year-old girl "was hard to live with," and he hopes criminal probes will now improve. PHOTO: Justisdepartementet

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen hopes a new police unit being set up to relaunch investigations of old unsolved crimes will help prevent what many consider a travesty of justice in the case of an eight-year-old girl named Monika. Her death in western Norway three years ago was ruled a suicide and police dropped their investigation after nine […]

Residents wait for mountain to fall

This photo shows the mountain known as "Mannen" with its unstable portion circled. Experts fear it's about to loosen and send tons of rocks and debris crashing down on the valley below. PHOTO: Åknes/Tafjord Beredskap IKS

After being on alert for weeks, if not months, the now-evacuated residents of a deep valley in Norway’s mountainous area of Romsdal were literally waiting this week for the steep mountainside high above them to come crashing down. Experts predict the huge expected rockslide may occur  this weekend. The mountainside is known for being unstable, and […]

No foreigners eyed for Nobel committee

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long been relatively anonymous, but is now subject to a storm of attention in Norway. This photo was taken at last year's awards ceremony. From left: Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland, the 2013 winner from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü; Kaci Kullmann Five, Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, Berit Reiss-Andersen, and Gunnar Stålsett. At far right, outgoing committee secretary Geir Lundestad. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Norway’s Conservative Party, which will be able to nominate two new members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee this autumn, has now ruled out considering anyone who’s not Norwegian. The Conservatives also won’t insist that veteran Labour Party politician Thorbjøn Jagland be dumped as the committee’s chairman. According to the will of Nobel Prize benefactor Alfred Nobel, the five-member committee […]

State budget battle begins in earnest

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (right) and Finance Minister Siv Jensen face tough weeks ahead, as they battle not only with the opposition over their proposed state budget, but also with their own support parties. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

Prime Minister Erna Solberg got a taste this week of the state budget battle her government faces this autumn. A united opposition, including her government’s so-called “support parties,” grilled her in Parliament on Wednesday, while her own support party leaders accused her of poor leadership. Attacks on the conservative government’s budget were expected from the socialist parties like […]

‘Norway’s oil age is not over,’ yet

Oil Minister Tord Lien on Ekofisk platform

Tord Lien, Norway’s government minister for oil and energy, isn’t letting himself be overly concerned by the recent, some say dramatic, fall in oil prices. Lien believes oil companies will continue to be interested in tapping into Norway’s large oil reserves, and that there are still large amounts of oil and gas off Norway just waiting […]

Child’s murder unleashes police critics

A 32-year-old man from Lithuania was ordered held in custody for at least four weeks on Wednesday, after police charged him Tuesday with the murder of an eight-year-old girl in western Norway three years ago. Critics complain the police badly botched their initial investigation of the child’s death, which they’d ruled a suicide, and the case has […]

Union wants to oust Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, shown here taking off from Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen, should be banned from serving Norway because its working conditions violate human rights, claims Norwegian labour union Parat. PHOTO Oslo Lufthavn AS/Espen Solli

The head of the labour organization representing many airline employees in Norway, Parat, is calling on Norwegian authorities to revoke Qatar Airways’ right to operate flights from Norway because of the way it treats its employees. Vegar Einan claimed the airline “systematically undermines the rights of its workers.” Einan, who earlier has been part of legal challenges […]

Finally some good news from Yara

Yara plans to greatly expand production capacity at its plant in Porsgrunn, about a two-hour drive southwest of Oslo. PHOTO: Yara International

One of Norway’s largest companies, fertilizer producer Yara International, could finally report some good news on Wednesday after being caught up in a corruption scandal and, most recently, top executive drama. Yara announced that it was preparing to greatly expand production capacity at one of its major plants in Norway and could also report strong quarterly earnings. Yara […]

Russians visit as tensions rise

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende (left) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow last month. Bans on Norwegian salmon exports to Russia were on their agenda.  PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Kristin Enstad

NEWS ANALYSIS: While Sweden’s military continued to hunt this week for what many fear could be a Russian submarine in Swedish territorial waters, concerns are rising in Norway over military preparedness in the Arctic. Tensions are high on the eve of a meeting between Norway’s and Russia’s foreign ministers in Norway’s most northern county of Finnmark this […]