Marine Harvest broke competition laws

Norwegian-based international seafood company Marine Harvest, owned by industry tycoon John Fredriksen, was fined NOK 166 million (EUR 20 million) by the European Commission on Wednesday for breaking competition laws. Marine Harvest was punished for acquiring competing fishing business Morpol without authorization under EU merger rules, but the company argued it had done nothing wrong […]

NHO and LO bosses back Oslo Olympics

The leaders of both Norway’s largest employer and union groups, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon, NHO) and the Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, LO), have thrown their support behind Oslo’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. While neither organization has an official stance on the hosting bid, both leaders said the […]

SAS and Norwegian drop Israel routes

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air have both suspended their Tel Aviv routes until further notice, due to security reasons. A number of other international airlines have also suspended flights leaving passengers stranded, but Israel argued there was no reason to stop flying into the country. SAS decided to cancel a flight from Copenhagen on […]

Utøya mothers: ‘We need more time’

A group of mothers presented a letter to Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the memorial service on Utøya on Tuesday, begging the government to take responsibility for the future of the island where 69 people were massacred. The mothers said they felt betrayed by the Labour Party’s youth organization (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, AUF) and the July […]

Oslo hotter than the Mediterranean

July is traditionally vacation time in Norway, when sun seekers flock to southern Europe. This year, they may have been better off staying at home – temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius were forecast in Oslo on Tuesday and Wednesday, higher than in Athens. The predicted top in Athens was only 30 degrees, reported newspaper […]

UK gallery claims to have fifth ‘Scream’

A gallery owner in Reading, England claimed this month to have a fifth version of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream. Experts at Oslo’s Munch Museum said there were only four known authentic versions of the artwork, and were skeptical about the origins of the painting. “My first thought was that this was too […]

Norwegian passengers’ five day delay

Norwegian Air passengers were left fuming on Sunday night after the airline cancelled its return flight from Bergen to Berlin. The passengers were told they had to organize their own replacement flights, but there were no seats available until Thursday. A technical error forced the cancellation, which affected 73 passengers flying to Berlin, and 116 […]

Utøya commemorations underway

The island of Utøya was open for quiet reflection on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s official July 22 commemorations on Utøya and at the government quarter in Oslo. This year marks the third anniversary of the terror attacks that left 77 people dead across the two sites. It’s the last year Utøya will look as it […]

30,000 more offers than places

Norwegian student unions were angry after 84,810 applicants were offered spots in higher education courses this year, despite there only being 52,879 study places available. Unions said the assumption that so many students would turn down their placement offers or drop out was a disease in the system, which led to overcrowded classrooms and a […]

Weapons found in bus killer’s cell

Police found homemade weapons in the Bergen prison cell of the 31-year-old man accused of triple murder on a bus near Årdal last November. It emerged on Friday several crude weapons had been found during spring, but not all of them were believed to belong to the defendant. The south Sudanese man stabbed three people […]