Trial starts over teenager and his bomb

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A 17-year-old refugee from the Northern Caucasus went on trial in Oslo Monday, charged with possession of dangerous explosives after he set off a major bomb scare in Oslo’s Grønland district last spring. The teenager has, however, avoided being hit with terrorism charges. “He is incredibly glad that he’s not under terror indictment,” his defense […]

Turmoil rules at Sami Parliament

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Norway’s Sami Parliament (Sametinget) is in the midst of high-level political turmoil. The Labour Party politician who took over as president just before Christmas wound up at the center of a major power struggle within her own party, and is now clinging to her post by leaving Labour and firing Labour’s vice-president who was due to succeed her. […]

Minister aims to reform farming

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UPDATED: Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale launched a road show of sorts this week as he held the first of six open meetings around the country. He’ll be promoting and defending the conservative government’s latest plan to reform Norway’s heavily regulated, subsidized and protected farming industry, but faces the proverbial tough row to hoe. The plan was predictably blasted by […]

Diesel ban extended, no fines issued yet

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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 […]

‘Fancy Bear’ also growls at Norway

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The same group of hackers that intelligence officials believe swung the US election in favour of Donald Trump has also attacked Norwegian targets within the military and foreign service. Called “Fancy Bear,” computer security experts believe Russia is behind the hacking that’s aimed at political manipulation and destablization of western democracies. Tom Finney of Secureworks, a […]

Russia reacts to any missile defense aid

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Russia is not at all happy that the Norwegian government is studying how it can contribute to NATO’s controversial missile defense system. Newspaper Klassekampen reported Thursday that the Russian Embassy in Oslo has reacted “sharply” and says it will be forced to mount a military response. Klassekampen reported last weekend that Norway was on its way to becoming […]

Sp keen to exclude resident foreigners

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Norway’s rural-oriented Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) presented two key portions of its election platform on Friday that opponents claim will “punish” foreigners who have residence permission in Norway but don’t hold Norwegian citizenship. The party itself also stands to gain more power on at least one of the proposals, but claims it’s only trying to make […]

Norway’s wolf hunt may be revived

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UPDATED: Vidar Helgesen, the Norwegian government minister who all but shot down a controversial wolf hunt just before Christmas, now finds himself under enormous pressure to allow the full extent of it after all. Hundreds of protesters who feel threatened by wolves were due to gather in Oslo on Wednesday, to demand that roughly two-thirds of Norway’s wolf […]

‘God jul’ from Oslo to our readers

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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

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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

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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 […]

Huge pedophile networks shock police

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Even the most jaded investigators, and not least the families and colleagues of men who’ve been arrested, have reacted with shock and disbelief after police in Bergen exposed massive pedophile networks that promoted and facilitated sexual assaults against children. More than 50 Norwegian men “from all levels of society” have been charged, with two convicted so far. […]

Train strike heads back into mediation

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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

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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 […]

Smoking is ‘out’ for Norwegian teens

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No teenagers in Europe smoke less than young Norwegians, according to a new survey, and the number of Norwegian youth who’ve even tried smoking has taken a dive over the past 20 years. Researchers link the decline to everything from strict anti-smoking regulations to high tobacco prices, health and fitness concerns and a new form of youthful […]

Flooding closes roads and halts trains

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UPDATED: Police and transportation officials were urging motorists not to drive on Saturday after torrential rains over wide areas of southeastern Norway led to flooding and closed roads. Both the E6 and E18 highways south and west of Oslo respectively were closed around 1pm. Train travel was also disrupted in the Oslo area, which was among the regions hit […]

Talks drag on for SAS and its pilots

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Negotiations between Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and its Norwegian short-haul pilots had extended 14 hours into overtime by mid-afternoon on Thursday, after the two sides failed to reach a settlement by a midnight deadline on Wednesday. If no agreement is reached, more than 400 pilots will be called off the job, severely disrupting SAS flights in […]

Frustration rises over hotel strike

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As Norway’s nationwide hotel strike drags on, frustration is running high not only among stranded travelers but also hotel owners unhappy with their own employers’ bargaining organization NHO Reiseliv. One has already checked out of the group, claiming it lacks willingness to negotiate with the unions, and a new attempt at mediation was set for early next week. “Something […]

Commission warns of 65% tax rates

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Norway’s economic party of the past decade is over, declares a government-appointed commission charged with finding ways to boost productivity. Without a more efficient public sector and economic reorganization, warns the leader of the commission itself, tax rates may need to be boosted to 65 percent of income, to preserve the country’s social welfare state. […]

Hurricane warnings posted along coast

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Yet another extreme weather system, this one called ‘Tor,’ was moving in on Norway just before the weekend, with the worst weather expected to crash into the west coast from Bergen north towards Trondheim. Waves as high as 20 meters (more than 60 feet) were feared to roll in from Friday evening. “People must absolutely […]

South Africa recalls Oslo diplomat

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A diplomat at South Africa’s embassy in Oslo has been called home after he crashed an embassy car while, according to police, he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He had been suspected of drunk driving on an earlier occasion as well. “We can confirm that we now have received a response (from the South […]

New massive assault case unfolds

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Yet another massive case of sexual assaults against children began unfolding in a courtroom Gjøvik this week. It’s the latest in a string of shocking violence against young victims, carried out by middle-aged Norwegian men. This time it’s a 49-year-old former music teacher and band leader who’s charged with 225 counts of criminal assaults on […]

‘Godt nyttår’ wishes from Oslo

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It’s been a rather blue year in Norway, with the refugee crisis and an economic slowdown sparking concern from north to south. And there wasn’t even much if any snow during this year’s Christmas and New Year holiday season. There was some good news though … … and prospects for 2016 aren’t all that bad. More […]

New storm warnings up for southwest

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State meteorologists were once again sending out warnings on Saturday for “full storm” during the night, with the southern coasts of Rogaland and the Agder counties told to brace for the worst. The latest batch of bad weather comes just as Norwegians were poised to wrap up the long Christmas holiday weekend, and the storm may […]

Simultaneous stabbings set off alarms

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Police in Oslo were mounting a massive response Wednesday morning after two people were reported stabbed at separate locations within a half-hour. Both victims, one a man and the other a woman, died of their wounds. The first report came in at 7:38am, that a woman had been stabbed outside the garage area of a […]

Warnings up for storms, high tides

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Norwegian meteorlogists were once again warning of storms and possible flooding caused by a combination of the bad weather and unusually high tides. The seas may literally sweep over some coastal areas, with water levels as much as three-and-a-half meters higher than normal. Northern Norway was told to brace for the worst of the high […]

Asylum centers can breed unrest

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The tens of thousands of asylum seekers arriving in Norway create not only huge challenges for officials scrambling to house them but also for those trying to maintain order, security and, eventually, help integrate new arrivals into Norwegian society. Most asylum seekers now face long delays in getting their asylum applications processed as well, raising concerns about boredom, frustration […]

Uproar over private school funding

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Students feel cheated, the state auditor general is upset, the Parliament has called a disciplinary hearing and Norway’s education minister, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, is now fighting for his political life. Reaction has been swift after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) broke the news last week that two brothers from one of Norway’s most prominent families had enriched themselves and […]

Tears, fury abound after Bieber fiasco

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It all started out well: Canadian teen-age idol Justin Bieber landed in Oslo for a promotional appearance and then proceeded to show up at a suburban skate park, thrill girls when he wandered into their classroom, and later tape a local TV talk show. But then things went very wrong. At a relatively small, “exclusive” concert in a […]

Rain from ‘Petra’ drenches south

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The latest extreme weather to roll over Norway was, as predicted, drenching most southern and eastern counties Thursday morning. Flooding from the powerfully wet weather system called “Petra” was worst in Telemark and Aust-Agder, with portions of the coastal city of Skien under water. Officials in Kongsberg were also struggling to deal with the enormous masses […]

Flood warnings raised to ‘red-alert’

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So much water is roaring through rivers in Telemark and Buskerud counties that authorities have posted red-alert warnings in scores of communities. Meanwhile, a new extreme weather system dubbed ‘Petra’ was bearing down on southeastern Norway and expected to dump even more rain on Thursday. Another round of torrential rain is the last thing authorities need right now, as […]

Storm warnings posted for Tuesday

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After more than a week of brilliant, if late, summer weather, state meteorologists were warning residents of southern Norway to brace for a major downpour on Tuesday. Flood warnings were posted in nine counties. Clear sunny skies were already clouding over on Monday and the weather was forecast to get much worse during the night. Strong […]

Man escaped prison on a surfboard

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Norwegian police think a young inmate at Norway’s Bastøy Prison, located on an island off Horten south of Oslo, escaped during the night by paddling a surfboard with a spade over to the mainland. The convict, a 23-year-old man serving time for rape and narcotics violations, was last seen Tuesday evening and was missing early […]

Employers prefer Norwegian speakers

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Foreigners applying for jobs in Norway are often overlooked, no matter how qualified or highly educated they may be, if they can’t communicate in Norwegian. Recruiters report that many employers simply think it’s easier to hire a Norwegian, even when a foreign candidate is more experienced or has the special skills needed. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) […]

Tunisia travel cancelled after attack

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The Norwegian division of travel company Detur has cancelled all of its package tours to Tunisia following Friday’s deadly attack on tourists at a Tunisian beach resort. Dozens were killed in the attack against several hotels in the city of Sousse. Around 159 Norwegians were among the tourists on holiday in Tunisia, which was forced to […]

Union protest set to halt all trains

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Train passengers and cargo customers in Norway were being warned that the country’s entire railroad system would grind to a halt on Monday. Train employees were set to walk off the job for three hours in the middle of the day, to protest the government’s proposed railroad reform. State train operator NSB, the state-owned company in charge […]

Flags fly high on the 17th of May

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“Gratulerer med dagen!” That’s the phrase millions of Norwegians would be greeting each other with on Sunday as they once again celebrate their national day on the 17th of May. The holiday is always enormously festive, but this year, Norwegians will also be celebrating 70 years of hard-won freedom after the country’s occupation during World War II. […]

The day when peace came to Hatlehol

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Norway is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its liberation after World War II this month. Among those remembering the day the war actually ended in Norway is Solveig Torvik, a Norwegian-American journalist whose family was living in the hamlet of Hatlehol at the time, near the west coast city of Ålesund. Torvik described that […]

More snow rolling in from the south

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Winter is not over yet in southeastern Norway, despite recent spring-like weather and sunny skies. It was snowing again in Oslo Wednesday morning and state meteorologists warned that as many as 30 centimeters of fresh snow may fall on Thursday. “The snowy weather will be quite intense,” Espen Biseth Granan of the state meteorologic institute […]

Consumers seek grocery store revenge

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Norwegian consumers seem to be waking up to years of high prices and relatively poor selection at their local grocery stores. A story about how a small local candy maker was kept off the shelves of Norway’s powerful grocery chains has sparked public indignation, and would-be customers are now clamouring to buy his sweets. “This is incredible,” […]

Sun shines again on Holmenkollen

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Organizers of this year’s annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival were counting on sunny skies, appearances by victorious skiing celebrities and some new events to boost attendance this weekend. At least the weather forecast was good. Ticket sales were also showing a solid increase over the past few years, when the public all but abandoned what used to […]

Unions urge sympathy strikes for pilots

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A pilots’ strike against Norwegian Air was set to escalate further, after the Nordic transport workers’ federations urged their 48 unions to in turn call their members out on sympathy strikes. A coordinated action in the other Nordic countries could ground Norwegian Air entirely. It was the latest move in a bitter labour conflict that seemed more […]

New offer after arbitration failed

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UPDATED: Pilots at Norwegian Air were handed a new offer late Monday night, aimed at ending their 10-day strike. The offer came after Norwegian Air characterized efforts to end the strike as deadlocked on Monday, and announced plans to file for voluntary arbitration. That would have put a settlement in the hands of an independent commission, but the pilots […]

New talks aim to end pilots strike

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Weary negotiators for Norwegian Air and its striking pilots were back in contact on Monday, in an effort to finally end the bitter conflict. The strike, meanwhile, was delaying and cancelling far more flights to European destinations, and nearly all Norwegian’s Scandinavian flights remained grounded. The airline claimed that another 25,000 passengers would be affected by the pilots’ strike […]

Pilots suspend strike talks

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UPDATED: Marathon talks between Norwegian Air and the airline’s pilots’ union “took a break” Sunday night, according to the pilots, with no settlement reached. The pilots insisted negotiations would continue, while the airline warned that more airline employees will be laid off from Monday, and more flights cancelled. Another 20,000 Norwegian Air passengers faced being stranded […]

Talks broke down, pilot strike goes on

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UPDATED: Norwegian Air CEO Bjørn Kjos and the leader of the airline’s pilots’ union were blaming each other on Saturday for an early-morning collapse of negotiations to end a bitter pilots’ strike. More talks loomed later in the afternoon, as the strike continued and another 20,000 passengers were stranded. The collapse came after 16 hours of […]

Talks to end pilot strike ‘complicated’

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UPDATED: The state mediator guiding renewed talks between Norwegian Air and their striking pilots said late Friday that negotiations were “complicated.” After 10 hours of going through the issues, no settlement was in sight by midnight. Mediator Nils Dalseide told reporters at around 11pm Friday that the “mood was good” and both sides were “working […]

Hurricane pounded north and south

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Insurance companies were reporting a wave of damage claims on Monday after the extreme weather system dubbed Ole slammed into central and northern Norway over the weekend. The storm, packing hurricane-force winds, left at least 10 people homeless and as many as 70,ooo were without electricity but there were few injuries. Lofoten and Vesterålen were, as predicted […]

Hurricane warnings spur evacuations

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UPDATED: Police evacuated residents of some outlying islands off the coast of Northern Norway, after state meteorologists warned that more extreme weather was moving in from the west and was expected to hit hard this weekend. Winds were due to reach hurricane force. The new storm system called “Ole” is the latest in a string of severe and […]

Circumcision to be offered nationwide

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Despite widespread opposition to circumcising baby boys without a medical reason, Norwegian hospitals will all soon start offering the surgical procedure nationwide. A new law that took effect January 1 orders them to do so. Doctors and professional organizations that warned against the new law have capitulated, reported newspaper Dagsavisen. All four of Norway’s regional state health agencies […]

Debate rages over asylum children

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The children of rejected asylum seekers in Norway continue to pose tough dilemmas for state officials and stir debate. At issue is whether the children, and thus their parents, should be allowed to stay in the country even though the parents didn’t qualify for asylum and, in many cases, violated immigration law and residence rules. The issue rose again this […]

Government may lose a supporter

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The Christian Democrats party, angry with Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, is threatening to withdraw its support for Norway’s minority conservative government. Party leaders, upset over how Anundsen has handled children of rejected refugees, will discuss formally ending its agreement to support the government when they meet later this week. Several county leaders of the Christian Democrats have told newspaper […]

Krekar avoids banishment, for now

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Muslim cleric Mullah Krekar won’t be sent to a small village in Trøndelag after all when he’s released from prison on Sunday. His defense lawyer turned in a 20-page appeal of the forced move to a court in Oslo on Friday, and the police decided to suspend Krekar’s relocation pending a court ruling. Oslo Police Chief Sverre […]

Doctors defy new circumcision law

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Since January 1st, all of Norway’s state-run hospitals have become legally obliged to offer circumcision of newborn baby boys. A majority of doctors all over the country, however, have been refusing to perform the operation that’s often part of religious rituals, claiming it’s an unnecessary surgical procedure on otherwise healthy infants. Only one hospital in all of southeastern […]

New storm bears down on the south

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State meteorologists were once again warning on Friday that a powerful new storm was expected to hit southern Norway and much of the rest of the country during the weekend. They’re warning of hurricane conditions along the west coast. A storm center that was moving over Ireland on Thursday started heading towards Norway, due to reach […]

‘Godt nyttår,’ Happy New Year to all our readers

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As the sun set not only on Oslo’s Aker Brygge on New Year’s Eve but also on 2014, we’d like to wish our readers “godt nyttår” from our base here in Norway’s capital, and share a few more holiday photos. This photo was taken just after 3pm on New Year’s Eve, as a surprising number of folks […]

Skeptics question aid to Myanmar

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Norway’s ongoing financial support for democracy and reform in Myanmar (Burma) has come into question, as a royal entourage from Oslo visited the country this week. Humanitarian organizations worry that Norwegian officials aren’t being tough enough in fighting Myanmar’s child labour, corruption, human rights abuses, religious discrimination and ethnic conflict. On Monday, Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor […]

Ebola patient out of high-risk unit

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The Norwegian woman who was infected with the deadly ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone early this month has improved so much that doctors at Oslo University Hospital were releasing her from the hospital’s high-isolation ward on Monday.  The hospital confirmed a report  on Dagbladet.no Monday afternoon that the woman was now out of its […]

Norway braced for big autumn storm

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Even though some weather forecasts were still showing sunny skies over much of southern Norway during the weekend, state meteorologists were warning that the first major autumn storm of the season was set to ram much of the country Friday night. Strong winds and rain, especially along the west coast, were already being felt in the […]

Teachers’ strike dragged into weekend

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State politicians including Prime Minister Erna Solberg were worried on Friday that an ongoing teachers strike could drag on for a long time, after talks broke down again Thursday night. The state mediator agreed there were no grounds to continue the talks when the two sides were so far apart. The teachers’ unions had resumed […]

Storm warnings up through weekend

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Norwegian meteorologists posted what they called “extreme storm warnings” on Saturday, especially for the country’s western and southern coasts, as a powerful weather system dubbed “Lena” moved in over the North Sea. The storm was expected to bring more torrential rain and winds up to hurricane force. The storm was brewing Saturday afternoon and expected to […]

Norwegian-Americans lead protests against ambassador’s nomination

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Opposition is growing to US President Barack Obama’s nomination of George James Tsunis as the next US ambassador to Norway. Some leaders of the large Norwegian-American population in the US are now calling Tsunis “damaged goods,” and a petition is circulating that also calls for the US Senate to reject his nomination if Obama fails […]

Language demand needs reality check

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COMMENTARY: Some high-profile Norwegian politicians are trying to force the use of the local language in immigrant homes. A reality check seems in order: One question is whether Carl I Hagen of the Progress Party, who put forth new demands for Norwegian language expertise this week, would really drop his own Norwegian if he ever […]

Fatal bus accidents under investigation

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It  was a “terrible” weekend for public bus transport in Oslo, conceded a spokesperson for regional transit authority Ruter. Three people were killed and several more injured, some seriously, in two separate bus accidents late Saturday night and Sunday evening. Bus company workers were gathering for a memorial on Monday, while police and state accident […]

A message to our readers

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Nearly five years after we started up this website, we’ve taken a big step in the ongoing development of newsinenglish.no. We’ve started offering subscriptions that will allow readers full, ongoing access to all our stories and provide a far more systematic means of keeping the site itself strong. We’ve been fortunate over the years to enjoy […]

A half-point away from victory

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Norway’s Magnus Carlsen was only a half-point away from victory in the World Chess Championship on Thursday, after defeating defending champ Vishy Anand at the end of a long and difficult game. That means Anand must win on Friday to keep the tournament going. “There were some very difficult positions, and I was uncertain,” Carlsen […]

Bomb threats roll in nationwide

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Norwegian authorities were sounding a national alarm on Tuesday after a series of bomb threats hit locations from Tromsø in the far north to a firm near the country’s biggest refinery complex in the south. The state police bomb unit in Oslo was summoned to  Mongstad in Nordhordland and military forces were mobilized as well. […]

Negotiations drag on at Norwegian

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UPDATED: Sunday’s midnight strike deadline came and went in the ongoing conflict between Norwegian Air and 603 of its pilots in Scandinavia. By Monday morning negotiations were running many hours into overtime, and were set to continue until 9:30am, as uncertainty remained over whether the pilots would walk off the job. A strike would ground […]

Norwegian tries to ward off strike

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As mandatory mediation got underway on Friday between pilots and management at troubled Norwegian Air, the leader of the airline’s negotiating team said he expected a settlement. If none is agreed by midnight on Sunday, around 600 pilots will walk out of their cockpits. “We have an open mind,” Thore Halvorsen of Norwegian told state […]

Norway ponders UN request to help destroy Syria’s chemical weapons

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Both outgoing and incoming government officials in Norway are evaluating a request by the US and Russia, via the UN, to help with the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. International weapons experts, meanwhile, already started destroying some of Syria’s chemical weapons and their production facilities over the weekend. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Saturday that both […]

Parties due to clarify new government

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UPDATED: After two weeks of talks and a final get-together on Monday, Norway’s four non-socialist parties formally ended their first round of talks on forming a new government. They then moved on to meetings with their own party fellows Monday afternoon, with a decision expected soon on whether they’ll all move forward with forming a […]

Looking beyond the destruction

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PHOTO FEATURE: Two years after a bomber attacked Norway’s government complex in Oslo, Norwegians could finally see for themselves how the buildings held up. State officials hosted an unusual “open house” that resulted in a weekend of reflection for many over the events of July 22, 2011, and over options for rebuilding. Hover your mouse […]

Norway ‘tempting goal’ for espionage

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The Norwegian National Security Authority (Nasjonal sikkerhetsmyndighet, NSM) plans to visit seven Norwegian cities next month to strengthen their computer security. Norway, the authorities claim, is “a tempting goal for data- and industrial espionage,” and computer systems, they fear, are still too vulnerable. “Many Norwegian operations are targets of hacking attempts every day,” NSM wrote […]

Winning leaders tackle the issues

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HERE’S WHAT’S UP FOR NEGOTIATION: The leaders of the four non-socialist Norwegian parties that collectively won last week’s parliamentary election were sitting down to demanding talks at a hotel in Oslo on Monday, to decide how they might govern the country. They need to agree on a common platform if they hope to form a coalition government, […]

The importance of being Erna

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Erna Solberg, leader of Norway’s Conservative Party, could finally announce on Monday night that she will finally and formally start the process of taking over as prime minister and forming a new government, after voters handed the non-socialist parties a solid majority in Monday’s parliamentary elections. She called her own party’s victory both “historic” and […]

Here are the campaign issues

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NEWS ANALYSIS: As Norway’s parliamentary election campaign clicks into high gear, much of the local media attention has been on how the parties stand in the polls and how they might cooperate to form a government. That’s overshadowed many of the actual issues at stake, so it’s time, perhaps, to offer a rundown of how […]

Nobel drama rolls behind the scenes

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As traditional Nobel Peace Prize events unfold in Oslo this weekend and on Monday, an unprecedented political drama is still rolling around the make-up of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that selects Peace Prize winners. Calls are now going out for one of the committee’s most prominent members to resign, while another seat will only temporarily […]

Peace Prize puts squeeze on Norway

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Nobel Peace Prize Day in Oslo dawned with clear and sunny skies on Sunday, but not everyone was celebrating. The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) challenges Norwegian leaders to finally support a ban themselves, and now pressure is building on them […]

‘Is there an organist in the house?’

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Norway’s popular and famed violinist Arve Tellefsen was all ready, along with the Nidaros Cathedral’s boys’ choir and their audience, to launch into another traditional Christmas concert at Oslo’s cathedral this week. Suddenly their organist became acutely ill. “We’ve often heard about people asking whether there’s a doctor in the house,” Tellefsen told newspaper Aftenposten, […]

Party leader out for three months

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Audun Lysbakken, leader of Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) and a key member of the opposition in Parliament, was set to be taking off on three months of sick leave from Monday. He still planned to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Sunday, though. Lysbakken, who turned 40 this autumn, candidly reported that he’s […]

Sportscaster quits under a cloud

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Davy Wathne, one of Norway’s most well-known TV personalities, claims he decided himself to resign from his longtime role as sportscaster for the national commercial channel TV2. His resignation comes after a string of complaints over his behaviour and accusations of harassment. “It has to do with my form, my style and my jargon,” Wathne, […]

Hagen lost his fight for a Nobel seat

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UPDATED: Carl I Hagen, one of Norway’s most conservative and controversial politicians, has lost his lengthy and highly disruptive fight for a seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. His nomination had been fronted by the Progress Party he once led, but now it’s finally been made clear that Hagen was disqualified by a majority in […]

Hackers hit Norway over whale hunts

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Norway has emerged as a top target of hackers and social activists known as “hacktivists.” The reason: Norwegian whaling, which now is making a wide range of both public- and private -ector Norwegian websites vulnerable to hacker attacks that already have all but shut them down. Security experts in Norway aren’t only worried about the […]

Woman killed after landslide hit house

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A 38-year-old mother of five was killed when a landslide crashed through the family’s home during another severe storm on Norway’s West Coast. The large, modern house was destroyed but her children and husband survived. She’d been reported missing after torrents of mud and rock measuring 100 meters long and 10 meters wide loosened from […]

US Embassy warns of Trump decision

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President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel set off immediate concerns, warnings and protests in Norway that even worry the US’ own embassy in Oslo. The embassy sent out a warning of its own to all US citizens in Norway Thursday morning, cautioning them to be extra careful in the […]

Jerusalem decision sets off warnings

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Reaction was swift in Norway to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Norwegian government was quick to state its concerns, while leaders of the opposition in Parliament and wide variety of commentators were harshly critical and even had some warnings of their own. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, […]