Caviar-maker opts for super-slow TV

A tube of Mills caviar is a staple on many Norwegian breakfast tables, usually eaten with hard-boiled eggs. PHOTO: Mills

Norwegian food producer Mills has turned to super-slow TV to market and promote its classic Mills Kaviar, which comes in a tube and is popular on many Norwegian breakfast and lunch tables. Its slow-TV pitch, which will follow the 11-month process of preparing and maturing the caviar for consumption, seems to be working. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

City Hall clock to stop for repairs

The large clock that adorns the eastern tower of Oslo’s City Hall is a landmark for thousands of Norwegians who pass by it every day. It’s also normally highly reliable, and many use it to keep track of time, but they won’t be able to starting next week. That’s why city officials felt obliged to send […]

Conflict erupts over job lay-offs via email

At least 1,700 oil services workers in Norway were facing layoff this week, more than 200 of them in a company that’s now being sued by the union representing them. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported that the large Norwegian union for oil workers, Safe, was not happy that 229 of its members who were made redundant during the summer […]

Utøya survivors’ lawyer sues to reverse deportation

The Norwegian lawyer for an immigrant family that lost a son in the 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya is suing the state, to reverse the entire family’s effective deportation. The parents initially lied that they came from Somalia instead of Djibouti back in 2003, and the state has since stripped them all of their citizenship. […]

Åhléns to pull out of Norway

The popular Swedish chain of home furnishings stores, Åhléns, is pulling out of Norway after 17 years of good results. It’s a rare case of a company shutting down not because of hard times, but good ones, and a change in corporate strategy. The pending pull-out, though, means another wave of job losses at a […]

Main mountain highway’s tunnel set to reopen

The Gudvanga Tunnel on the main E16 highway connecting Oslo and Bergen is expected to reopen to ordinary traffic early next week. It was forced to close, in the height of the tourist season, after a tour bus caught fire in the tunnel earlier this month. The fire caused extensive damage and left five people injured. […]

Private investors back new cancer clinic

Two of Norway’s leading businessmen, both of them cancer survivors, are moving forward with plans to help build a new clinic where cancer patients can receive treatments at the national cancer hospital Radiumhospitalet. If all goes as planned, the clinic may open as early as 2018. Øyvind Eriksen, longtime chief executive at industrial firm Aker and a […]

Public defenders stay off the job

Norwegian lawyers who serve as state-paid public defenders were refusing to answer calls to duty this week, after years of frustration over relatively low pay. Their protest left five out of seven defendants charged with crimes without a defense attorney present in court on Monday alone. More defandants were on their own in court on Tuesday and […]

Foreign and defense ministers traveled to Iraq

Foreign Minister Børge Brende (center) and Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (right) meeting KRG President Massoud Barzani in Erbil, Northern Iraq, on Monday. PHOTO:Utenriksdepartementet/Frode Overland Andersen

Norway’s incessantly globe-trotting foreign minister, Børge Brende, turned up in Iraq on Monday along with Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, where they met with Kurdish and Norwegian military leaders in the northern city of Erbil. The ministry reportedly received good feedback regarding Norway’s contribution to military training efforts. Special forces from the Norwegian military are stationed in […]

More job losses, in shipping and media

Solstad Offshore, based in the picturesque town of Skudeneshavn on Norway’s west coast, doesn’t see any prospects for improvement in the oil industry and has thus decided to lay up 10 more of its vessels. The move means that 300 employees will lose their jobs, with the cuts coming along with more job losses in the […]