Surprise snowfall tangled traffic

Winter returned with a vengeance to wide areas of southern Norway this week, with as many as 30 centimeters of snow falling in some spots around Oslo. Since almost all motorists have followed the rules and switched from winter to summer tires, driving was hazardous and police reported a string of accidents. Some of the most […]

Unemployment rate steady at 4.6 percent

Norways’s state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) announced a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate on Thursday of 4.6 percent for February. SSB’s numbers showed that around 130,000 people are now wholly without work, roughly the same as in November of last year. State broadcaster NRK reported that the unemployment rate thus appears to have stabilized, after a […]

Billionaire family active in tax havens

One of Norway’s most prominent families, with a fortune built on shipowning and shipping operations, reportedly has set up no less than 42 companies in tax havens. Leif Ø Høegh, speaking on behalf of the Høegh family, claims there have been no attempts, however, to hide family fortunes from tax collectors. “It’s clear that that we’re […]

Police finally identify body found in pipe

Police in Oslo have finally been able to identify the body of a man found inside a pipe at the construction site for the new Munch Museum at Bjørvika. Newspaper Aftenposten reported on Tuesday that he’s been identified as a Swedish citizen in his 30s. The body was discovered by a crane operator at the […]

Airline flight nearly collided with drone

Police in Hordaland, western Norway, reported a serious near-accident on Tuesday when a flight from the domestic airline Widerøe almost collided with a drone at an elevation of around 5,500 feet over Os and Halhjem. The Widerøe flight was on its way from the Torp airport in Sandefjord to the Flesland airport in Bergen when […]

Norwegian Wood chops festival program

Norway’s highly acclaimed Norwegian Wood music festival is being chopped down to just one day this year, and moved from its home at Frognerbadet to the waterfront at Bjørvika. Organizers cited “challenges” in booking bands to play. That hasn’t appeared to be a problem in the past, with Norwegian Wood regularly billing top performers over its 24-year […]

Soap factory down the drain in Kristiansund

More than 100 years of making soap in Kristiansund were washed down the drain on Tuesday, when the board of the Lilleborg cleaning products unit of industrial firm Orkla decided to shut down its Ello factory in the city on Norway’s northwest coast. Around 60 people will lose their jobs when production of Ello’s soap brands such […]

Another job cut alarm sounds in Statoil

Norwegian oil company Statoil may need to cut as many as an additional 500 jobs, reported newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad on Monday. The cuts would come on top of the more than 2,000 positions to be eliminated by the end of this year. The newspaper noted, however, that attrition through retirement may offset the number of […]

More jobs disappear at oil and offshore firms

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has confirmed that another 520 of its employees will be laid off, the latest casualties of the sharp economic downturn in the oil and offshore industries. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that NOV’s main office in Kristiansand was likely to be hit the hardest. NOV already has laid off hundreds of […]

Mystery surrounds dead man found in pipe

Like a scene right out of a Nordic crime novel or film, construction work at the site of Oslo’s new Munch Museum came to an abrupt halt late this week when a crane operator hoisting a pipe spotted a body inside it. Police still hadn’t been able to establish an identity two days later. The pipe […]