New Statoil cuts worry suppliers and employees

Even though Norway’s state oil company Statoil reported some large losses on Thursday, its share price soared because investors hailed the company’s plans to sharply reduce planned investments. That worries both suppliers and employees, who fear the consequences. Statoil’s operating results for the fourth quarter of last year were almost cut in half from the year […]

Oslo to restrict use of diesel vehicles

Oslo’s new left-center city government was going ahead this week with placing restrictions on the use of vehicles fueled by diesel. No diesel driving will be allowed on days with high rates of air pollution, and city-run parking garages may also be closed. Oslo is thus following Bergen in placing new limits on driving to […]

Job cuts spread to west coast bank

Sparebanken Vest, a regional bank serving customers mostly in western Norway, announced on Tuesday it will be shutting down branches and laying off as many as 100 employees. Bank officials say the advent of online banking services has sharply reduced the need for bank offices. Norwegians have responded in great numbers to the banks’ calls to […]

Kygo confirmed for Kongsberg Jazz Festival

Organizers of the annual Kongsberg Jazz Festival said they were delighted to finally be able to confirm that Kygo, who’s been creating his own brand of electronica jazz, will be among the headliners at this summer’s gathering of jazz lovers in Kongsberg. The announcement came just as Kygo won this year’s musical artist (Spellemann) of the […]

Another oil rig company cuts up to 200 jobs

Citing an “extremely demanding” market, Songa Offshore announced on Monday that it would reduce staff by as many as 200 people. The move makes Songa the latest company in Norway to cut jobs in the face of sharply lower oil prices and reduced oil company investment. Songa Offshore called the job cuts a “very important […]

Aker Solutions snares big new contract

The crisis-hit modifications and maintenance division of Oslo-based oil service firm Aker Solutions got some welcome news on Monday. It won a major contract for work on the Ekofisk field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The contract, from US oil company ConocoPhillips, is worth as much as NOK 3 billion. It means Aker […]

Fire struck Losby Gods hotel complex

Losby Gods, an historic manor house northeast of Oslo that was converted into a hotel and golf course complex, was hit by a major fire over the weekend. Three employees were rushed to a local hospital after suffering smoke inhalation. Morten Thoresen, fire chief on the scene, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the fire was brought […]

Norway glad Russia will probe refugee document fraud

The Norwegian government minister in charge of asylum and immigration issues said Sunday that she’s glad Russian authorities are investigating claims that a former diplomat in Russia’s  foreign ministry issued false papers that provided documentation to issue work visas to around 1,000 Syrians. Newspaper Aftenposten reported during the weekend that many of the Syrian refugees are […]

Notodden nightclub hit by gas attack

Police in Notodden, Telemark County, were investigating a highly unusual and toxic attack on a local nightclub during the weekend. Patrons were left acutely sick late Saturday night after someone tossed what witnesses described as a smoke cannister or gas grenade into the club. The cannister contained CS-gas, a form of tear gas that set off chaos inside […]

Handball winning streak ended in protest

UPDATED: Norway’s men’s handball team ended its winning streak at the European World Championships Friday night, after a thrilling semi-final match against Germany. The latter scored in the last minute, giving the Germans a 34-33 victory over Norway and securing them a spot in the finals. The match ended in more than just disappointment for […]