Christian Democrats help rein in UDI

Norway’s Christian Democrats party has gone along with forming a majority in Parliament that will stop state immigration agency UDI from revoking citizenship granted to immigrants on false premises. Only the courts will be able to revoke citizenship in the future. The move means that both the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkepartiet, KrF) and the Liberals (Venstre) are breaking […]

Diesel ban extended, no fines issued yet

UPDATED: A combination of cold, still winter weather and poor air quality prompted Oslo city officials to enforce a ban on diesel-driven vehicles in the Norwegian capital for the first time ever. Those caught driving a diesel vehicle on city-owned streets face a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 176). The diesel ban was initially put […]

West Coast braced for storm and floods

Yet another storm accompanied by extremely high seas and tides were already setting in along Norway’s West Coast on Wednesday. “The water levels will be even higher than we thought,” said state meteorologist Anne-Mette Olsen as the extreme weather system known as Vidar threatened property damage. “I think a lot of people will have problems with […]

Carlsen ‘furious’ after new loss

UPDATED: Norway’s chess ace Magnus Carlsen was an angry young man on Friday afternoon, after losing his chance to win back the championship title in blitz chess in Qatar.  He’s still the World Chess Champion, but he also lost his stab at hanging on to the rapid chess championship he held earlier in the week. Carlsen chalked […]

‘God jul’ from Oslo to our readers

Last-minute shoppers wandered along Oslo’s main boulevard, Karl Johans gate, on the dark and stormy night leading into the Christmas holiday weekend. It’s the latest with no snow or ice in the Norwegian capital, but plenty of rain fell during the night before Christmas Eve, known as julaften. Oslo-area residents were in for a treat, though, when the sun suddenly […]

Double murder in Kristiansand given ‘highest priority’ by local, state police

A massive police investigation was underway on Tuesday after two people, a 48-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy with no known connection between them, were found stabbed near a school in Kristiansand late Monday afternoon. The victims, who died a few hours later at a local hospital, were not identified until Tuesday morning. They are Tone Ilebekk, […]

Government’s fate rests with Hareide

Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the small Christian Democrats party, found himself holding an enormous amount of power over the fate of Norway’s minority government coalition Wednesday morning. He retreated into a meeting with his party faithful, to decide whether they’ll support the government’s proposed state budget and thus prevent the government from falling. “This is a […]

Mediation failed, train strike continues

Another lengthy and forced mediation session between state railway NSB and the union representing striking locomotive engineers broke down late Thursday night. That means a train strike that began more than a month ago was due to drag on. National mediator Dag Stousland confirmed to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the two sides walked out on […]

Train strike heads back into mediation

UPDATED: After making more threats they they’d expand their strike this week, locomotive engineers working for Norway’s state railway NSB were gearing for a new meeting at the national mediator’s office on Tuesday. They announced Monday morning that they were having some “new thoughts” and were preparing a proposal for a possible settlement. The news came after another difficult morning for […]

Idled trains spur commuter chaos

It was extremely difficult for Oslo-area commuters who rely on local train service to get to work Monday morning. As a strike by locomotive engineers spurred more train cancellations, many passengers left stranded were also unable to get bus seats and had few other transport options. The sheer expense and congestion of trying to drive […]