July 22nd’s terror wounds heal slowly

NEWS ANALYSIS: The 77 victims, their families and those who survived the bomb and guns of a young Norwegian white supremacist on July 22, 2011 finally got at least a temporary national monument in Oslo on Sunday. Recovery from the terrorist attacks has been slow, with many now openly questioning what Norway, or the world, has […]

Russians fire back at defense chief

Officials at the Russian Embassy in Oslo are none too pleased that Norway’s defense chief, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, thinks Russia is getting “far more assertive.” After first declining comment, they’re now accusing Bruun-Hanssen of being behind a “primitive, anti-Russian propaganda machine.” In special summer radio interview aired nationwide on Thursday by state broadcaster NRK, Bruun-Hanssen […]

Data trouble halted Oslo’s metro system

After standing still for around two hours Wednesday morning, the Oslo area’s sprawling metro system (T-bane) finally began rolling around 11am but trouble remained and delays continued. Metro officials at operating agency Sporveien claimed there was no indication the system was hit by a cyber attack. “There’s nothing suggesting that now,” Sporveien spokesman Cato Asperud […]

‘Gratulerer med dagen!’

This wreath in the colors of Norway’s flag was among the many that would be placed on monuments to notable Norwegians and the graves of fallen heroes on Thursday, as Norway celebrated its most important day of the year on the 17th of May. This wreath was placed early at a fisherman’s monument on the […]

Labour talks extended into overtime

Mediation to avoid a massive strike in Norway extended well into overtime on Sunday, postponing a walkout of roughly 35,000 employees in the private sector. Leaders of the country’s national employers’ organization and largest trade union federations kept talking long after Saturday’s midnight deadline, but the distance between them was reportedly great. State mediator Nils […]

‘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 […]