NATO chief guarded on Trump and Turkey

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was back in his native Norway this week in connection with Norway’s own terrorist attacks five years ago. He also faced some questions about NATO’s latest challenges posed by the coup in Turkey and some new blunt remarks by the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but was guarded in his answers. Stoltenberg […]

Oil production higher than expected

Norway’s state oil directorate reported that 1.4 million barrels of oil were produced on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in June. The total production was lower than last June but higher than expected. The directorate (Oljedirektoratet) reported that production was 8 percent less than in June of 2015, but 6 percent higher than its own prognosis. Production […]

Sunken boat’s captain suspected of negligence

The captain of the historic vessel Johanna, which grounded and sank last weekend before being quickly raised, underwent police questioning on Friday, several days after the accident. He was then given the status of “under suspicion” and faces possible charges. “He is suspected of negligence in connection with the accident,” Ove Furseth, acting chief of […]

Opera Software sale failed on high note

After days and nights of intense negotiations that reached a crescendo late last week, the pending sale of Oslo-based Opera Software failed and then struck a bad chord with investors. Its share price tumbled, but at least some operations are still expected to be sold off. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Tuesday that Opera Software boss […]

Indigenous people’s festival drew crowds

UPDATED: One of Norway’s most unusual summer festivals drew record crowds last week, as it showcased the music and culture of indigenous people worldwide, with a special emphasis on Norway’s own Sami. Other artists traveled from as far away as Taiwan and Siberia. The annual Riddu Riddu Festival was celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, featuring concerts, theater, films, […]

Norwegian Air orders more ‘long-range’ jets

Norwegian Air was flying high again this week, after reporting nearly a billion kroner in second-quarter pre-tax profits and announcing agreements for the delivery of 30 new A321 Long Range aircraft from Airbus. Profits in the third quarter, though, will reflect the millions Norwegian had to fork out when it failed to operate its ambitious […]

Sunken ship raised after grounding

The historic charter tour vessel Johanna, which grounded in the Oslo Fjord over the weekend with 156 people on board, was raised from what could have been its watery grave and is now set to be refurbished. The reason for the vessel’s grounding Saturday night has still not been determined. Passengers on board have said the […]

Statoil still dominates new DN500

Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) recently released its rundown of the country’s 500 largest companies. Statoil continued to top the list with revenues nearly four times that of Telenor in the number-two spot. Statoil’s operating revenues of NOK 482.8 billion last year placed it way ahead of the next biggest company on the list, […]

Police nab foreign drunk drivers

Motorists from a total of 59 countries have been stopped and arrested so far this year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Norwegian roads. Drivers from Poland, Lithuania and Sweden topped the statistics. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that the vast majority of the 4,855 offenders were, naturally enough, Norwegian drivers. They accounted for 3,928 […]

IKEA tests out new ‘showroom concept’

Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA has been best known for its large warehouse-style stores on the outskirts of urban areas, but now it’s testing a new “showroom concept” in Oslo. A relatively small IKEA will open on an otherwise high-end retail street in the Skøyen district on the city’s affluent west side. “We’re hoping to attract […]