Carlsen caught up in chess politics

Magnus Carlsen is suddenly caught up in conflict over a world championship rematch in Sochi, that's loaded with political overtones. PHOTO: Berglund

A political drama continued to swirl around Norway’s international chess star, Magnus Carlsen, as he tried to concentrate at a tournament in Missouri. Some say the conflict over whether he’ll play at a new world championship match in Russia this fall threatens to once again split the international world of chess into eastern and western camps, just […]

New police unit to fight hate crime

Between 50 to 70 police were involved in the operation, catching the smugglers in the act with weapons and more than 170 kilograms of drugs in their car. PHOTO: Justisdepartementet

Police in Oslo are setting up a special unit at the city’s Manglerud police station to tackle and investigate hate crimes. The unit will also work with groups that are especially vulnerable to hate crimes, to spread awareness that threats and harassment are violations of the law that should be reported. Hateful threats and harassment […]

Terror alarm led to quick deportations

Norwegian police arrested and quickly deported around 20 Islamic extremists following the terror alarm that hit Norway in late July, reported newspaper Dagbladet on Friday. All of them were either asylum seekers or had been turned down for asylum and were staying in Norway illegally. The highly unusual nationwide terror alarm that was issued on July […]

Brende to meet Lavrov in Norway

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

On the very day that alarming reports were emerging that Russian soldiers were invading Ukraine, the Norwegian government announced that Foreign Minister Børge Brende would be meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Norway in October. Russian officials denied an invasion was underway. Reports Thursday afternoon that Russian tanks were rolling into Ukraine, despite Russian President Vladimir […]

Statoil held off hacker attack

Statoil is still doing well, despite lower oil prices. PHOTO: Statoil/Harald Pettersen

Norwegian state oil company Statoil claims it “has control” over what Norwegian national security authorities are calling the biggest targeted cyber attack on local companies ever. Statoil now confirms it also was the target of a “massive and advanced” attack by hackers last year that went on for three days. “It’s a big, bad world out […]

Controversial Islamist lost his job

Ubaydullah Hussain was indicted on Tuesday for inciting murder and terrorism. His lawyer said Hussain denied the charges, and freedom of speech was at stake. PHOTO:

Ubaydullah Hussain, the controversial leader of an extremist Islamic group in Norway, lost his job as a messenger for the commercial delivery arm of the Norwegian postal service Posten Norge after complaints from customers. Hussain has earlier been criticized for collecting unemployment benefits from state welfare agency NAV. News bureau NTB reported that customers who recognized Hussain when […]

Olympic support sinks to new low


Two new independent public opinion polls indicate that support for hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 in Oslo has sunk to new lows. A poll conducted for newspaper Bergens Tidende shows that only 26 percent of those questioned are keen on hosting an Olympics, while a poll for newspaper VG showed 30 percent. The new numbers […]

Teachers’ union expands strike

Striking teachers have been holding rallies around the country, like here in Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo. PHOTO: Utdanningsforbundet

Norway’s largest teachers’ union announced Wednesday that it was calling another 851 teachers out on strike from next Tuesday. That means the strike that began in June will spread to another 31 schools around Norway if it drags into the fourth week after teachers were supposed to be back on the job. The expansion announced by […]

Oil industry under attack by hackers

Statoil's CEO Helge Lund said the "Snorre" field in the North Sea stands to see its profitability cut by 30 percent if the tax hike on oil companies goes through. PHOTO: Statoil/Terje S Knudsen

UPDATED: State authorities are warning as many as 300 companies in the country’s major oil and energy industries this week that they’re the targets of the largest coordinated hacker attack ever registered in Norway. Attacks have been confirmed on around 50 companies, including Statnett, and the authorities fear more are underway. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Wednesday that the state […]

Ministers meet to hash out budget

Siv Jensen, Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Finance Minister Siv Jensen gathered their government colleagues on Wednesday for a final round of negotiations, as they hammer out the first state budget of their new administration. Proposed tax cuts and debate over how much they should tap from the state’s burgeoning oil fund are among discussion topics that were high […]