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Norway tones down July 22 memorials

Quieter, less elaborate memorials were held over the weekend for victims and survivors of attacks by an ultra right-wing nationalist who killed 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011. Prime Minister Erna Solberg stresssed, however, that it was important to show that neither the victims, the survivors nor their families are forgotten. “For us, the 22nd of […]

Norway ‘shamed’ over ‘nuclear nod’

Opponents of nuclear weapons were claiming that Norway should be ashamed of itself, for once again failing last week to support a UN resolution to ban them. Another 123 countries had already agreed to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to forbid nuclear weapons.” Norway instead joined the US, Russia, Great Britain, France and 33 other countries in voting […]

July 22 memorial moved to Utøykaia

The Norwegian government finally cut through several years of awkward and even ugly conflict on Wednesday, announcing that a new state-funded memorial to the victims of the July 22, 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya will now be built at the ferry pier serving the island, called Utøykaia. A memorial design that had won an international competition […]

Personalized plates make their debut

UPDATED: After years of debate and objections over what some call “vanity plates,” Norwegians can finally start ordering personalized license plates for the cars. Applications began being accepted on Thursday, and car owners face a hefty fee, but demand was described as “enormous.” State highway officials administrating the new program received more than 5,500 applications for plates […]

Terror suspect still in custody in Oslo

Norway’s long Pinse (Whitsund) weekend was dominated by news of the latest terrorist attack in London, where many Norwegians study, work and live. In Oslo, meanwhile, a 17-year-old terror suspect remained in custody, with police wanting to keep him there. The 17-year-old Russian citizen was arrested on April 8, just a day after a terrorist attack […]

Norway defies US’ climate withdrawal

Disappointment and no small portion of defiance were characterizing Norwegian officials’ reaction to US President Donald Trump’s confirmation that he was pulling the US out of the UN agreement aimed at halting climate change. Now Norway, which worked hard to help get the agreement ratified in Paris 18 months ago, will view the EU and China […]

New plans unveiled for the capital’s hub

SEE THE ILLUSTRATIONS: Norway’s complex of government ministries in downtown Oslo, known as Regjeringskvartalet, was heavily damaged and partially destroyed by a right-wing terrorist’s bomb in 2011. Plans have been underway ever since to recreate the capital’s hub for state government, with the latest proposals now going on public display. A jury will choose two of the following seven projects put […]

Solberg: ‘Don’t let terror scare us’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the terrorist attack in Manchester Monday night “gruesome and meaningless,” and said she hopes it won’t scare Norwegians away from concerts and other public gatherings. She sent her condolences to the UK and said it was “an incredibly sad day.” Solberg met reporters Tuesday morning after a suicide bomber killed at least […]

Military exercises underway in Arctic

Northern Europe’s largest air force exercises got underway in the Arctic on Monday, just as Norway’s Northern Brigade also kicked off a military drill in the area as well. The two are not connected and military officials have insisted that Russia should not view such exercises as a provocation. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that the Russians, […]

Norway celebrates from north to south

LONGYEARBYEN: Flags were raised and events officially kicked off at 8am all over the country on Wednesday as Norwegians launched into their Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. The holiday is known for its unabashed displays of patriotism, highlighted by children, flags, tradition and memorials to fallen heroes. Here in Norway’s most northern community on Svalbard, flags […]