Trains halted amidst expansion plans

Train service in and around Oslo was back in operation on Friday after a major disruption ground it to a halt from 5:30pm on Thursday. A major electrical breakdown knocked out the signal system and it wasn’t fixed until the middle of the night. All trains in and out of Oslo’s central station (Oslo S) […]

New Munch Museum finally approved

Oslo city politicians finally approved the long-awaited, hotly contested project to build a new Munch Museum, replacing the current museum in the city’s Tøyen district. The new museum that will rise next to the Opera House on Oslo’s eastern waterfront is budgeted to cost NOK 2.8 billion (USD 430 million). It’s taken the politicians several years […]

Falling oil prices keep interest rates low

Norway’s central bank decided once again on Thursday to keep its key lending rate at its low level of 1.5 percent, with many analysts now predicting it’s more likely to be cut in the near future than raised. With the world economy in low gear and oil prices falling, the chance of an interest rate […]

Russian billionaire gains offshore foothold

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has suddenly emerged as a major player in several offshore Norwegian oil fields, after taking over RWE Dea of Germany. RWE boasts itself that it has participated in five of the most important oil discoveries on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in recent years. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Thursday that Norway’s Oil and Energy Ministry […]

Storms spark chaos, landslide warnings

Strong winds and snow halted ferry traffic and snarled roads in northern Norway on Wednesday. Experts also warned of possible landslides in seven other counties around the country. The wind caused the biggest problems at sea, with Statoil sending all its workers home from the company’s large gas processing facility on Melkøya outside Hammerfest. The wind had […]

Norway ‘doesn’t have much extra gas’ for EU

Norway’s oil and energy minister, Tord Lien, said Tuesday that Norway has “a theoretical capacity” to export 120 billion cubic meters of gas a year to Europe, but is already exporting “about 106 billion cubic meters.” The gap “doesn’t give us much extra gas” to export without cutting into oil production, Lien said. Tensions resulting […]

‘Football lost its virtue’

News this week that five former football players and two others had been indicted for alleged match-fixing has prompted one leading commentator to claim that Norwegian football had now lost its virtue. “Charges aren’t a conviction, but someone has taken the virtue out of Norwegian football,” wrote Inge D Hanssen in newspaper Aftenposten. The seven are charged with […]

Parliament cancels its ‘snobbish’ ball

There will be no fancy dining and dancing for Members of Parliament and their partners just after New Year. Controversial plans to spend NOK 770,000 on a New Year’s Ball have been dropped, in favour of a summer party. Newspaper Dagens Næringliv (DN) had first brought the news that the Parliament’s leadership, including two top […]

Two charged in massive Snapchat theft

Police raided various addresses in Oslo and Lillestrøm over the weekend and have arrested two men, said to be in their 20s, in connection with the theft of more than 90,000 photos and 10,000 videos from the online photo-sharing service Snapchat.  The photos, many of them private photos of young naked girls that the girls themselves had […]

Pedophile also ordered released from prison

Erik Andersen, the west coast businessman who finally was caught and jailed after years of victimizing young boys around the country, was ordered released early from his 10-year term of custody aimed at protecting the public from Norway’s most dangerous criminals. A court in Bærum was convinced Andersen, also known as “the pocket man,” was no […]