More politicians question Norway’s Libya involvement

Leaders of the small parties represented in Parliament are increasingly questioning whether it was right for Norway to take such an active role in NATO’s military attacks on Libya in 2011. Two of the parties even sat in Norway’s Labour-led government at the time, but with Libya now in chaos, they’re grappling with regrets. The […]

Clinton revved up ministry troops

Foreign Minister Børge Brende (right) with former US President Bill Clinton in Oslo on Wednesday, PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/MB Haga

Former US President Bill Clinton was in Oslo this week and delivered a pep talk of sorts to employees of Norway’s foreign ministry, foreign aid administrator NORAD and the local Peace Corps. He thanked them all for their contribution to economic development and social justice far from Norway’s borders. Clinton, addressing hundreds of state workers at […]

Mixed reviews for a-ha’s new single

A-ha, the Norwegian rock band from the 1980s that makes regular comebacks, was getting mixed reviews for its new single that’s just been released. One Oslo-based reviewer claimed the band “wasn’t dead, just a bit sluggish.” Band members had claimed they still “had some killer songs” to share with their fans. “But ‘Under the Makeup’ is […]

Restaurant complex fined for secretly filming its customers

State authorities have cracked down on the Mona Lisa restaurant and nightclub complex in downtown Oslo, fining it NOK 150,000 (USD 19,000) for massive surveillance and filming of its customers. State broadcaster NRK reported on Thursday that the state data directorate Datatilsynet found no less than 19 cameras, most of them hidden, both outside and inside […]

Three convicted of human trafficking

Three members of a family charged in what’s been called Norway’s most extensive human trafficking case ever were sentenced to jail terms on Thursday that are even longer than what prosecutors sought. The jail terms of up to five-and-a-half years were interpreted as a sign of how severely the court in Drammen viewed the case. The […]

Oslo’s pricey beer confirmed

The latest survey from GoEuro, which compares a variety of prices around Europe for the benefit of travelers, has confirmed that going out for beers in Oslo is an expensive proposition. Norway’s capital has the fourth-highest beer prices not only in Europe, but in the world. GoEuro compared the prices of the five most commonly […]

Catholic Church appeals reimbursement claim

The Catholic diocese in Oslo is appealing a claim from the county administrator that it repay NOK 40 million in state and municipal financial support after allegedly inflating its membership roster. The county administrator (Fylkesmannen i Oslo go Akershus) claims the church violated regulations to obtain more support than it was due. Religious organizations in Norway […]

‘Siem Pilot’ saves another 419 refugees

The Siem Pilot, an offshore supply vessel now being used to help rescue refugees adrift in the Mediterranean, came to the aid of another 419 refugees on Sunday. The state secretary overseeing Norway’s involvement in the rescue efforts, Jøran Kallmyr of the Progress Party, described the situation as “still dramatic.” The vessel’s rescue operation came just after […]

Two dead after shooting at Økern

UPDATED: A man in his 70s is believed to have shot and killed another man in his 60s at Økern in Oslo Tuesday morning. The victim was rushed to hospital, badly wounded, and died shortly thereafter. The man believed to have shot him was also found dead later in the morning. “He has most probably shot himself,” […]

Israeli forces halt a new ‘Ship to Gaza’

A 70-foot trawler being used by a Swedish and Norwegian group to carry solar panels and medical equipment to Gaza was stopped and boarded by Israeli naval forces early Monday, to prevent them from breaking Israel’s blockade of Gaza. In a press release issued by the “Ship To Gaza” organization, the group claimed they were halted in […]