Drought blamed for high power rates

The lengthy spell of hot and dry weather in central and southern Norway has sent electricity rates soaring. New figures show they’re now 90 percent higher than they were when they bottomed out exactly three years ago. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) cited high temperatures and rapid melting of last winter’s record amounts of […]

Norway mourns a ‘national grandpa’

Tributes were pouring in on Friday afternoon for veteran diplomat and top Labour Party politician Thorvald Stoltenberg. The former foreign- and defense minister, ambassador and affable father of Norway’s former prime minister and now NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, died at his home in Oslo after what his family called a short illness. Stoltenberg’s kitchen […]

Chinese Embassy bashes Nobel leader

UPDATED: Berit Reiss-Andersen, a Norwegian attorney who leads the Norwegian Nobel Committee, is relieved and glad that the widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo has finally been released from house arrest in China. Now the committee may finally be able to present his Nobel Peace Prize posthumously, to her, while the Chinese Embassy in Oslo […]

Drought-induced slaughters begin

Amidst fears it will set off a shortage of milk and dairy products, farmers lacking enough food for their cattle have started slaughtering some of their animals. The drought that’s left fields dry and without nutrients for cattle feed has spurred the worst agricultural crisis in Norway for more than 70 years.  Nortura, the national […]

Lightning sets off 100 forest fires

UPDATED: More than 100 forest and brush fires were burning all over Southern Norway, some of them out of control, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Extremely dry conditions and strong winds were posing huge challenges for emergency crews. State broadcaster NRK reported fires in the Agder counties, Telemark, Vestfold, Østfold, Buskerud, Hedmark and Oppland. NRK […]

NATO Summit drew to a confusing end

UPDATED: Norway’s delegation to the NATO Summit in Brussels could smile at least a bit more broadly after all allied heads of state, including US President Donald Trump, formally agreed on what they’d set out to do. Confusion reigned, however, after Trump claimed he’d successfully demanded more defense spending at an unscheduled meeting Thursday morning, […]

Stoltenberg tested as NATO drama began

UPDATED: The leadership of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, was already being put to the test Wednesday morning, when US President Donald Trump fired off a verbal attack on his own NATO ally, Germany. Trump also put Stoltenberg on the spot, in claiming that Germany was “totally under the control of […]

‘Trump’s tweets won’t run meeting’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived in Brussels Tuesday evening for this week’s NATO Summit, and it didn’t take long for US Donald Trump to shake things up. She claimed, though, that neither he nor his provocative comments on Twitter would direct the meeting. She admitted there was “no doubt” that Trump’s rhetoric at a breakfast […]

Norway goes wrong way on NATO goal

Norway generally gets good marks for its NATO participation, but new statistics show its defense spending is not on course towards the defense alliance’s agreed spending goal. As the leaders of NATO countries gather in Brussels on Wednesday, Norway’s top politicians will need to be on the defense themselves. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Defense Minister […]

Norway hasn’t been so dry since 1947

Even though some welcome rain fell in and around the Oslo area on Monday, it wasn’t nearly enough to end a drought that’s now raising more alarm over large parts of the country. Agriculture Minister John Georg Dale rolled out some emergency measures just before the weekend for farmers demanding state assistance. Farmers often call […]