Lillehammer ready for Youth Olympics

Lillehammer and the valley known as Gudbrandsdalen where it's located will be hosting Olympic events for teenagers through February 21. PHOTO: Lillehammer 2016/Cathrine Dokken

Known for hosting what’s widely known as “the best Winter Olympics ever” in 1994, the Norwegian city of Lillehammer was ready to start hosting another youthful version beginning this weekend. While Oslo voted against hosting another full-scale Olympics in 2022, more than a thousand young athletes from 70 nations have gathered in and around Lillehammer […]

Commission warns of 65% tax rates

Norway’s economic party of the past decade is over, declares a government-appointed commission charged with finding ways to boost productivity. Without a more efficient public sector and economic reorganization, warns the leader of the commission itself, tax rates may need to be boosted to 65 percent of income, to preserve the country’s social welfare state. […]

NATO to help fight ‘illegal migration’


UPDATED: Norway, most concerned with securing NATO’s help in protecting Arctic areas, appeared skeptical this week towards efforts aimed at drawing NATO into the refugee crisis. NATO ministers and its Norwegian secretary general Jens Stoltenberg nonetheless agreed on Thursday to help fight illegal trafficking and migration in the Aegean. Stoltenberg stressed that the mission “is not about stopping or […]

Solberg loses on asylum reform

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (right) faced a string of tough questions in Parliament on Wednesday, regarding controversial remarks made by her new immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug. PHOTO: Stortinget

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was grilled by members of the opposition in Parliament on Wednesday, over her new immigration minister’s controversial hard line against asylum seekers. By the end of the day, one of her two support parties claimed it would now vote against all 40 proposals to toughen asylum and immigration rules. Solberg, from the […]

Telenor stock dives on poor results

Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor is among the companies that's been hit by computer attacks tied to industrial espionage. PHOTO:

Norway’s embattled telecoms firm Telenor reported fourth-quarter results on Wednesday that were so “disappointing,” according to analysts, that its share price fell more than 7 percent by mid-morning. The company logged a large pre-tax loss after taking heavy writedowns on troubled operations in Denmark. Telenor’s fourth quarter, the first under the command of new chief executive Sigve […]

Chinese launch bid for Opera Software

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One of Norway’s most remarkable start-up firms that became big in the browser business looks likely to be taken over by Chinese interests. Opera Software’s founder isn’t pleased, but its board is unanimously recommending that shareholders sell out to a Chinese investment fund that’s offered NOK 10.5 billion for the company. Opera Software, which reportedly had been […]

PST expelled terror suspect


Norway’s police intelligence unit PST has revealed that it expelled a suspected terrorist from Norway last year, believing the suspect intended to carry out an attack within Norway’s borders. In its annual assessment of threats against Norway, PST otherwise thinks the chances for a serious attack have declined. Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, responsible for PST (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste), […]

Norway objects to journalist’s ouster

At this meeting in Ankara last month with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (at the podium), Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende had more on his mind than simply getting ready to address his audience of Turkish ambassadors. He was also protesting Turkey's expulsion of a Norwegian journalist, and the meeting occurred on the same day when there was a terrorist attack in Istanbul. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/ Frode Overland Andersen

Turkey, through its membership in NATO, has traditionally been viewed as a close ally of Norway but relations between the two countries are strained in the areas of human rights and freedom of the press. Turkey’s recent refusal to allow a correspondent for Norway’s largest newspaper to work in the country is now being widely condemned […]

Norway risks a fall into recession

The Oslo Stock Exchange (Børsen) is off to a good start this year, with share prices rising and traders predicting more increases in the stock exchange index. PHOTO:

Analysts and top politicians remain optimistic about Norway’s economic prospects, but a leading US investment bank now warns there’s an 88 percent chance that the country will slide into recession. One local economist agrees, noting that Norway is vulnerable because of its high housing prices, high household debt and rising unemployment. “If housing prices fall, […]

Police officer ‘shocked’ by indictment

UPDATED: Eirik Jensen, formerly one of the Oslo Police District’s most high-profile investigators and top officers, says he’s “shocked” that he’s been indicted for serious corruption and narcotics smuggling. “I look forward to meet my opponents in court, and look them in the eye,” Jensen told newspaper Aftenposten Monday afternoon. State prosecutors handed down the historic indictment […]