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Skepticism grows over immigration

A new survey carried out by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) shows that a third of all Norwegians now think it should become even more difficult for asylum seekers to secure residence permission. That’s up 4 percent from last year, with SSB also reporting “changes in several indications of attitudes” regarding immigration. The survey of attitudes towards immigrants […]

Government wants to lengthen jail terms

Nothing like going out with a bang: Outgoing Justice Minister Anders Anundsen announced plans on Monday to nearly double Norway’s maximum prison term for multiple offenders. He also proposes scrapping or reducing so-called “prison rebates” for convicts in criminal cases. Anundsen, who’s widely expected to resign from government service on Tuesday as part of a ministerial […]

Kissinger met by protesters in Oslo

During a weekend dedicated to peace, one of the guests who’d been invited to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony set off just the opposite. Demonstrations broke out and police sent in reenforcements when Henry Kissinger, long one of the US’ most controversial top officials, also spoke at a Nobel-connected event on Sunday. The University of Oslo’s […]

This year’s Nobel ‘a classic prize’

Alfred Nobel’s intentions for awarding a peace prize were all met when this year’s prize went to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on behalf of the Colombian people. That was the overall conclusion drawn on Saturday by both the prizewinner, the Norwegian Nobel Committee and others who have called it “a classic prize.” The Norwegian committee members […]

Airline offers flights to Northern Lights

Norwegian airline Widerøe’s trademark green aircraft are nearly the same colour at their latest unusual tourist destination: the Northern Lights. Flights to see the Northern Lights, from high above any clouds that can impede viewing from the ground, are the latest in a string of efforts to generate growth for the venerable airline and help it stay competitive. […]

Budget burst over Parliament ‘mess’

There’s a huge mess right now in the heart of Oslo, in every sense of the word. It’s costing taxpayers dearly and now looks likely to land in court, while neighbours suffer from massive disruption and delays. Members of Parliament are demanding answers and accountability. It all started when Norway’s ever-growing Parliament, fueled by a rapidly growing […]

Facebook still rejects an editor’s role

Facebook’s so-called “Director of Media Partnership” came to Oslo this week to face the social media powerhouse’s critics in Norway, who set off an international uproar over photo censorship earlier this autumn. Patrick Walker also had to face Norway’s government minister in charge of cultural issues, who wasn’t pleased that Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among […]

Film-goers say ‘yes’ to the king’s ‘no’

Norwegians streamed to local cinemas over the weekend to see the new film Kongens nei, about the three dramatic days in April 1940 when the late King Haakon VII flatly refused to cooperate with Nazi German invaders. The film has made many Norwegians proud of the royal defiance, which ultimately turned the royals themselves into refugees […]

King’s ‘no’ to Nazis hits the silver screen

The latest in a wave of films about epic events in Norway’s history was getting a royal reception this week. Kongens nei, which is about King Haakon VII’s refusal to surrender to Nazi German invaders in April 1940, has also won rave reviews and been nominated as among Norway’s candidates for an Oscar. The film’s […]

Memorial dispute heads for court

Amidst comments that there would be no winners and only more pain and grief, state attorneys have decided to defend in court the state’s decision to build a memorial to victims of the July 22, 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya. Neighbours living nearby have strongly objected to the memorial, claiming it will remind them […]