Travelers can avoid tax-free temptations

Norway’s state airport authority Avinor has bowed to criticism and decided to redesign its airports’ international terminals around the country, so that airline travelers won’t be funneled straight into tax-free shopping areas. “We stand corrected,” Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, told newspaper Aftenposten on Friday. “Landing in Norway and then right into a liquor store […]

Coastal town bans begging

The coastal town of Arendal in southern Norway has become the country’s first municipality to ban begging, after the state government granted local governments permission to do so. Its local town council (bystyret) approved the ban this week by a vote of 21 to 18. Begging has been a hotly debated topic in Norway in recent years, especially […]

Teen arrested in Bergen assault

Police in Bergen have arrested an 18-year-old Norwegian male in connection with a sexual assault on a six-year-old girl as she walked home from school last week. Parents in the area expressed relief, but the young man claims he had nothing to do with the assault. He faced a custody hearing Friday afternoon, with police asking that he be […]

Cockroaches spread in warm summer

Oslo’s record-warm summer weather led to a relatively new problem for the city: Cockroach infestations. Once almost unheard of in Oslo, roaches become more prevalent in recent years and pest control experts think the warm weather this year prompted them to spread from building to building. “We now have a fair amount of cockroaches in Norway, […]

Strike looms in retail sector

More than 200 employees at 48 various retail shops around Norway may be called out on strike this weekend if their union, Handel og Kontor, fails to reach a new pay agreement with a retail division of employers’ organization NHO. Most unionized store employees in Norway work for members of another employers organization, Virke. NHO, best known […]

Car-sharing steps on the gas

Increasing numbers of Norwegians in urban areas are opting to join car-sharing programs instead of owning cars themselves. Norway stands to become a world leader in car sharing, say its advocates, given the country’s high car costs and a chronic lack of parking. A report from Norway’s Transport Economics Institute noted that a car shared by several […]

Construction industry fights ‘mafia’ operations

Norway’s construction industry has banded together in a bid to fend off what its officials call “mafia operations” that evade taxes and engage in social dumping. Building firms propose establishing a central register to ensure that subcontractors have their affairs and those of their workers in order. The register would include everything from taxes paid […]

Hafslund no longer blaming vandals for hot water leak

Oslo utility company Hafslund blamed vandals for a major leak in its hot water system on Tuesday but later had to retract its claim. Further inspection of the system revealed that vandals hadn’t clogged a key pipe after all, and the reason for the leak remained unclear. “We aren’t pleased that we’ve had two major leaks during […]

Welfare worker’s murderer committed to psychiatric care

A 27-year-old man who stabbed his case worker inside her office at Norway’s state welfare agency NAV last year was committed to psychiatric care on Monday. He had admitted to the stabbing but denied criminal responsibility, claiming he felt threatened. Anni Rachmawati Godager, age 34, was stabbed repeatedly at NAV’s Grorud office in Oslo in August 2013. She died from […]

Jihadists and terrorists may lose their citizenship

The Norwegian government announced over the weekend that it’s considering revoking citizenship to those who take part in terrorism, or warfare outside of Norway that’s not part of approved Norwegian military operations. The proposal is aimed at Norwegian jihadists who head off to take part in holy wars. “This is meant to send a strong […]