‘Half of Norway’ off on Easter holiday

Lots of snow in the mountains was promising skiers one of the best Easter holidays in years. Traffic was expected to be heavy for the next few days as hundreds of thousands of Norwegians take off from school and work, with many heading for the hills. A new survey conducted for the travel industry’s employers’ […]

‘Godt nyttår!’ (Happy New Year!)

Winter finally established itself in most of Norway during the New Year’s weekend, with even the hills around Oslo getting solid amounts of snow like that already covering the mountains from north to south. With this peaceful scene from Kvitfjell in Gudbrandsdalen, we’d like to wish our readers all the best in 2018. We’ll be […]

‘God jul’ and ‘takk’ to all our readers

As Norway slipped into Christmas holiday mode on Sunday, an annual sense of peace and quiet descended on Oslo and most other towns and cities around the country. Julaften (Christmas Eve) is the main event, followed by public holidays on Juledag (Christmas Day on December 25) and 2. juledag (Second Christmas Day on December 26). […]

New storm warnings up for West Coast

Another batch of rough weather was bearing down on Norway’s West Coast, and expected to hit with full force on Thursday. Strong winds and rocky seas were already causing problems on Wednesday. State meteorologist Kristin Seter warned that the counties of Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland were due to bear the brunt of the storm […]

SSB meeting with Jensen cancelled

The drama around Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB entered a new act Friday morning when SSB’s leader Christine Meyer abruptly cancelled a meeting with Finance Minister Siv Jensen. Meyer also claimed she’s not finished in SSB yet. Jensen, in her role as finance minister, serves as Meyer’s boss and had called Meyer in for a […]

SSB boss resigns after bureau battles

The embattled boss of Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB, Christine Meyer, has called it quits after being called on the carpet this week by  Finance Minister Siv Jensen. Meyer reportedly felt she lacked support from the ministry over a proposed reorganization at SSB that’s set off a storm of protests. SSB’s several hundred employees have […]

Solberg gathers potential partners

Prime Minister Erna Solberg  and Finance Minister Siv Jensen headed into a new round of talks on Wednesday with the leaders of Norway’s two other non-socialist parties, to hash out politics and priorities for another four years of cooperation. All four parties collectively won a majority after the parliamentary election two weeks ago. Now they […]

SAS strike mediation goes into overtime

UPDATED: The chief executive of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) traveled to Oslo on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to ward off a pilots’ strike that already has cancelled 100 SAS flights in and out of Norway on Thursday. The pilots, after being contacted by SAS management, then headed back into a new round of mediation Wednesday afternoon, but a midnight […]

Early returns show Solberg winning

Hopes were rising among Norway’s non-socialists Monday night that Prime Minister Erna Solberg would be able to keep her Conservatives-led government in power for another four years. Early returns from Monday’s parliamentary election showed her bloc running ahead of the Labour Party’s by as much as 89-80. The numbers were changing all the time, though, […]

Støre’s fortunes can cost him dearly

Jonas Gahr Støre, the Labour Party’s candidate for prime minister, does not come from his party’s traditional working class. Store is instead a wealthy man from an affluent family who’s lately had to fend off more questions over his private financial holdings. Now he won’t specify which investment funds he’s chosen, in contrast to his opponent […]