Suspicion swirls on holiday island

The mayor of an island community that’s a popular holiday destination in Southern Norway has asked local police to look into suspected irregularities regarding its building permit process. Speculation is rising over whether some wealthy owners of holiday homes will be ordered to tear down the so-called hytter they may have been illegally allowed to build. […]

Ex-Kongsberg boss appeals jail term

A former sales director at state-owned Kongsberg Gruppen was sentenced on Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted on charges of tax evasion, money laundering and misappropriation of funds amounting to more than NOK 50 million. Dag Tore Sekkelsten, who was responsible for Kongsberg’s sales to Romania, filed an immediate appeal. “Sekkelsten is […]

Creditors unite to save Norske Skog

Norway’s debt-plagued but profitable paper producer Norske Skog was saved from a bankruptcy filing this week, after various groups of creditors finally agreed on a rescue plan. Secured and unsecured creditors have joined shareholders on a “consensual solution” to recapitalize and refinance the company, and bring an end to years of uncertainty. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]

Russians ‘trained to invade Svalbard’

UPDATED: A Norwegian website dedicated to preventing another invasion of Norway was reporting on Wednesday that Russian forces mounted a mock invasion of Svalbard during recent military exercises in the Barents. Norwegian forces were reportedly caught completely by surprise, and NATO was not pleased, while Norway’s military intelligence chief and defense minister deny any such […]

Søreide leads ministerial speculation

Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was topping speculation this week over who will replace Børge Brende as Norway’s new foreign minister. Brende is resigning to take on a new top job at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, but his term isn’t ending on the high note expected. Søreide, who has served as Norway’s […]

Drunk diplomat faces expulsion

Norway’s Foreign Ministry claims it’s following up on a police report that a Russian diplomat was driving under the influence of alcohol when he collided two weeks ago with a parked car in Oslo’s Frogner district. Frogner is home to many foreign embassies, but may not be so for long for the diplomat involved. Oslo […]

Flood prevention funding reduced

The floodwaters that recently inundated many areas of Southern Norway have since receded, only to be replaced with a new flood of criticism against government officials. Last week’s state budget proposal contains a major reduction in funding for flood- and landslide prevention, just weeks after those responsible stressed the importance of such preventative measures. Norwegian […]

Critics blast lack of Oil Fund ‘buffers’

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the “Oil Fund” is far too vulnerable to swings in the financial markets, argue critics. They claim a lack of buffers to reduce the impact of swings that can cut into market value is a glaring omission on the part of the state government responsible for the fund. […]

Seljord boating tragedy killed three

UPDATED: Tragedy struck the mountain community at Seljord in the heart of Telemark County after a boat carrying six people capsized in the large lake known as Seljordsvatnet, throwing all of them into the chilly water. Two young men were initially determined to have drowned and now the body of a third victim has been […]

Triumphant Siv strides ahead

NEWS ANALYSIS: Warnings of an “autumn storm” breaking out in the Norwegian Parliament this week were premature. After a roughly 18-hour workday that began before dawn on Norway’s annual “Budget Day,” Finance Minister Siv Jensen could relish a surprisingly good reception to the state budget proposal for 2018 that she’d presented and defended until late […]