Terror support has fallen away

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The leader of a national support group for survivors of the July 22, 2011 terror attacks criticized the lack of help available less than three years after 77 people were killed and 90 more were wounded. Trond Henry Blattmann claimed on Wednesday that most of the follow-up measures designed to monitor victims’ recovery had already […]

Picasso heirs may fight art removal

This is the new bone of contention in redevelopment of the bombed government complex: Picasso's artwork known as Fiskerne, which adorns an outdoor wall of "Y-blokken." Another integrated work, created with Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, adorns the building's vestibule. PHOTO: regjeringen.no/Helge Høifodt

Widespread public support for plans to preserve Norway’s bombed government high-rise has since given way to more conflict. Now some architects and heirs to the artwork adorning the damaged buildings in the government complex are causing new problems for Prime Minister Erna Solberg and all those hoping to prod the massive project along. Reaction was […]

Forest fire threatens Hermansverk

The Sogn fire and rescue department threw all available resources against an out-of-control forest fire burning at Njøsadalen near the west coast community of Hermansverk on Monday afternoon. Strong winds fanned the flames as crews worked to control the blaze. “We have now alerted personnel from Leikanger and Sogndal, and the Civil Defense (Sivilforsvaret) has […]

PM wouldn’t help Afghan interpreter

Faizullah Muradi was arrested by police in a midnight raid, and deported from Norway early on Tuesday morning. The 22-year-old served as an interpreter for Norwegian forces in Afghanistan when he was 18, then fled to Italy after he was threatened by the Taliban. He was forced to stay for two years while authorities there pursued a case against the people who smuggled him out of Afghanistan. Norway's immigration department refused to process his application, saying it had to be considered in Italy where Muradi first entered Europe. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Få-Faizullah-Muradi-Tilbake-Til-Norge

UPDATED: An Afghan man who sought asylum after working as an interpreter for the Norwegian military was deported on Tuesday, after authorities refused to process his application in Norway. The opposition parties grilled Prime Minister Erna Solberg on whether she’d intervene to get 22-year-old Faizullah Muradi’s case processed locally, and Solberg initially said it wasn’t […]

Breivik’s judge wins high court seat

Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen

Oslo City Court Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen has been nominated for one of two seats available on Norway’s Supreme Court, with her confirmation expected by King Harald at an upcoming session of the Council of State. She and Arne Ringnes, a partner in the Oslo law firm Thommessen, were recommended for the two seats now […]

Apologies over adoption blunder

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) admitted it had made a big mistake by sending out ambiguously-worded letters to about 10,000 children and youths. The letters read as if the recipient had actually been adopted, and the institute was bombarded by calls from upset and confused young people. The letters stemmed from a survey […]

Oslo Stock Exchange hits new highs

Trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange has been brisk in recent weeks, with its index hitting 600 for the first time earlier this month and again late last week. The exchange also has reported more listings from foreign firms. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the Oslo Stock Exchange is among the exchanges that have […]

Quarrels fly over rig electrification

Progress Party Deputy Per Sandberg accused the coalition's support parties, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals, of breaking their agreements with the government. The two parties joined the opposition last week to call on the government and oil companies to run shore-based power to the entire Utsira High project. PHOTO: Monique Watne/Fremskrittspartiet

The Progress Party accused the coalition government’s support parties, the Christian Democrats and Liberals, of breaching their agreements with the government by supporting electrification of the Utsira High oil field. The opposition parties united last week to call for full electrification of the project’s four new fields in a bid to cut emissions, but researchers […]

Former ambassador dies at 98

Robert D Stuart, who served as US ambassador to Norway during the Reagan Administration, died of a heart attack while traveling home from France last week. He was 98 and married to a former top aide to Queen Sonja, Ingegjerd “Lillan” Løvenskiold Stuart. Stuart was a politically active Republican and heir to the Quaker Oats […]

Utøya memorial postponed

Utøya island is now being cleared. Volunteers are already planning to return to restore the Labour Youth centre. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

It was meant to heal and unify Norwegians, not divide them. Instead, the construction of a memorial to the victims of a massacre on the island of Utøya will now be postponed at least a year, to allow for more time to try to settle neighbours’ objections to it. Government officials still want the memorial […]