Outdoor cinema gone with the wind

TROMSØ: Strong Arctic winds in Tromsø spoiled plans for an outdoor cinema at its annual Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) that started rolling this week. Otherwise the popular film festival was attracting large crowds as usual and packing local hotels and restaurants. It’s the 28th time the film festival is being held in Norway’s Arctic […]

Snowstorms spur ‘chaos’ in southeast

Blizzards that were leaving some areas with as much as 70 centimeters of snow (more than two feet) all but paralyzed transport in counties stretching from Agder to Oslo and Østfold on Tuesday. Nearly 20,000 households were also without electricity Tuesday morning. Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen was scrambling to keep up with the onslaught […]

Hurricane raged from south to north

Norway was battered by winds well over hurricane force on Monday, as yet another major storm system moved in over southern portions of the country and extended to its northenmost areas of Troms and Finnmark. Meteorologists weren’t calling the weather “extreme,” though, even as it ripped the roof off a house in Hordaland, forced cancellation […]

Solberg expands her government

Prime Minister Erna Solberg could finally announce expansion of her Conservatives-led government coalition on Sunday afternoon. She confirmed its new platform with the non-socialist Liberal Party would be greener, and aimed as sustaining Norway’s welfare state. After months of negotiations that accelerated after New Year, the non-socialist Liberals’ leader Trine Skei Grande won a green light […]

Sex scandals hit government parties

Norway’s government coalition was shaken Friday by sex scandals in both its Progress and Conservative parties, just as it appeared poised to expand with the addition of the Liberal Party. Evidence that the deputy leader of Progress’ parliamentary delegation had proposed group sex with both a female party member and a 15-year-old boy led to […]

Government talks resumed at Jeløy

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was back at a snow-covered former radio station-turned-hotel on an island south of Oslo late this week, to resume negotiations aimed at expanding the government coalition she leads. There were more signs of optimism at Hotel Jeløy Radio that the non-socialist Liberal Party would team up with Solberg’s Conservatives and the […]

Battle flares over control of SSB

Finance Minister Siv Jensen and the woman Jensen hired to run state statistics bureau SSB, Christine Meyer, squared off at a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday. Meyer claimed Jensen forced her out of SSB last fall, in an illegal move to exert political control over SSB, while Jensen claimed Meyer had ignored several warnings about making […]

‘MeToo’ claims yet another politician

Colleagues in Norway’s Conservative Party said they were surprised by the resignation this week of Kristian Tonning Riise as leader of the party’s youth organization Unge Høyre. Riise, who will continue as an elected Member of Parliament, called the international “MeToo” campaign against sexual harassment a “wake-up call,” and felt he hadn’t set a good example […]

‘Good meeting’ with a ‘normal’ Trump

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg was smiling before, during and after her meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Trump, who hailed the “determination and confidence” that characterizes Norwegian-American relations, seemed most keen to talk about trade, and Solberg characterized him as “a normal man with a sense of humour.” […]

More politicians in trouble over sex

UPDATED: A high-ranking Member of Parliament for the Progress Party withdrew from all his positions on Wednesday, five years after he sent hard-core pornographic photos to young male party members in his home community in Østfold. A former local politician for the Christian Democrats in Hordaland, meanwhile, pleaded guilty this week to having sex with […]