Norwegian Air’s shares flying high

Share trading in Norwegian Air stock really took off again on Wednesday, still flying high on the prospect of a takeover bid for the airline from the owner of British Airways. Shares were up by another 7 percent after crossing the NOK 300 mark, and boosting the entire Oslo Stock Exchange to a new high. […]

Ugly harassment soils Center Party

UPDATED: Norway’s Center Party, known for championing the interests of farmers and rural districts, is facing national disgrace after revelations of some ugly sexual harassment against its former leader, Liv Signe Navarsete. It came from a group of 10 men, eight of whom have held top party roles, who were on holiday together at a […]

Quick rehabilitation for shamed leaders

Reaction was swift this week when news broke that Labour Party politician Trond Giske, who faces multiple charges of sexual harassment, was already making a comeback on the national political stage. It’s also mostly business as usual for others caught in the “MeToo” campaign against harassment this past winter. Giske was welcomed as a hometown […]

Liberals’ leader survives scandal

NEWS ANALYSIS: One of the newest ministers in the Norwegian government, Trine Skei Grande, had the worst possible start to her Liberal Party’s annual national meeting over the weekend, and it got worse underway. Grande seems, however, to have survived a decade-old sex scandal, low standings in the polls and disagreement among party members, at […]

New trouble lands on Norwegian’s fleet

Norwegian Air’s major owners and management are already facing turbulence over a pending takeover bid. Now they need to deal with new problems tied to the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that may cause more delays and cancellations for Norwegian Air passengers. Rolls-Royce, producer of the Dreamliner motors on more than half of […]

Careful response to attack in Syria

While allies like Canada, Denmark and Germany expressed “support” for Saturday’s attack by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons plants in Syria, Norway’s response was more restrained. The government stated merely that it “understood” the attack, and the careful formulation was no coincidence. “The Norwegians’ choice of words has certainly been evaluated […]

Norway loses a seafarers’ hero

Jon Michelet was a journalist, newspaper editor, local politican, labour activist, TV anchor and, most of all, a best-selling author who won lots of awards. Many Norwegians  were thus mourning his death from cancer during the weeknd, but heartened that he’d managed to keep writing to the bitter end. That meant that he also managed […]

Norwegian’s boss will decide its fate

NEWS ANALYSIS: Bjørn Kjos, who has remained firmly in command of Norwegian Air, has suddenly found himself facing a potentially lucrative offer for the airline he founded from the owner of British Airways. As Norwegian’s shares continued to soar heading into the weekend, many think a takeover could also cure Norwegian’s chronic operating ailments and make […]

Killer whale appears in Oslo’s harbour

Norway is known, and often criticized internationally, for its annual whale hunt. This week a killer whale seemed to be seeking refuge, with an unusual appearance in Oslo’s inner harbour. The Oslo fjord is far from the hunting grounds for the sperm whales that Norwegian whaling boats go after in waters off the northern coast. […]

Norwegian soars on possible takeover

UPDATED: Stock in Oslo-based Norwegian Air was soaring on Thursday after news bureau Bloomberg reported on a possible purchase offer from the owner of British Airways, IAG. Shares in Norwegian Air Shuttle were up more than 22 percent by midday and flew even higher just an hour later. Bloomberg reported that IAG was evaluating an […]