Wolf supporters join meat boycott

The ongoing battle between those trying to preserve Norway’s wolf population and farmers wanting to preserve free-grazing traditions for their sheep and lambs has moved into grocery stores. Wolf supporters are joining a boycott rooted in social media against the purchase of all meat caught in conflicts. Sausage made from sheep meat in Norway (called […]

Rates kept stable as growth slows

Norway’s central bank (Norges Bank) opted against raising interest rates on Thursday, while economists warned of weaker economic growth and “deep concern” about US President Donald Trump’s trade wars. A rise in interest rates still looms in September. The central bank’s executive board stated that the current “upturn” in the Norwegian economy that began when […]

White wine flowed in the summer heat

For the first time ever, Norwegians drank more white wine than red wine in July. Red wine has always dominated the market in Norway, but this summer’s record high temperatures for weeks on end clearly led to a change in preferences. The numbers presented by state wine monopoly (Vinmonopolet) that controls and distributes retail sales […]

PST’s boss calls minister ‘careless’

The head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) said on Wednesday that investigators may not be able to determine whether former government minister Per Sandberg’s mobile phone was compromised when he opted to take it with him on trips to China and Iran. Benedicte Bjørnland said Sandberg was “careless” in connection with his […]

Lofoten ‘saved’ from oil, for now

The scenic and highly popular coastal areas around Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja in Northern Norway will likely be spared from controversial oil exploration and production activity offshore. The oil industry is unhappy, but political reality has even set in among trade unions and other organizations keen on the jobs oil activity could create. The first […]

‘Circus Sandberg’ clouded debate

Norway’s first nationally televised political party leader debate of the season was utterly overshadowed Tuesday night by the ongoing storm stirred up by former government minister Per Sandberg and his controversial summer holiday in Iran. Sandberg’s admitted security violations both before and during the trip to Iran were repeatedly used by opposition party leaders in […]

Security issues hit Solberg’s coalition

NEWS ANALYSIS: The past few week’s political storm over errant government minister Per Sandberg was supposed to die down on Tuesday, but was leaving lots of damage in its wake. Opposition politicians are milking it for all its worth, as they seem to seek new ways to topple Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative government coalition. […]

Political battles move to Arendal

The usually peaceful coastal town of Arendal in Southern Norway was once again becoming the scene of lively debate this week, as thousands of politicians, social activists, business leaders, labour and non-governmental organizations gather for the annual event known as “Arendalsuka.” This year’s gathering is especially timely, with a resurgent Labour Party suddenly on the […]

Progress veteran replaces Sandberg

UPDATED: Harald Tom Nesvik, a Progress Party veteran with 20 years of experience in Parliament, was officially appointed by King Harald V on Monday to take over as Norway’s fisheries minister. Nesvik replaces the embattled Per Sandberg, who lost support within his own party as well as the government itself over a holiday trip to […]

Sandberg resigns, also from party

UPDATED: Embattled Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg had to give in to pressure to resign his government post on Monday, and he also resigned as deputy leader of the conservative Progress Party. His resignations follow weeks of criticism that escalated during the weekend, regarding his highly controversial summer holiday trip to Iran and various violations of […]