Residents fled forest fire

UPDATED: Several residents from Sel in Gudbrandsdalen were forced to evacuate their homes as a forest fire burned out of control on Friday afternoon. It was later brought under control and extinguished while a second large fire burned at Svanstul in Skien. Firefighters struggled with access in the rugged terrain, and warnings went up again […]

Time to talk about Breivik’s hatred

PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

With the third anniversary of Norway’s July 22 terror attacks in 2011 on the horizon, Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) Secretary Raymond Johansen worries there’s been a part of the debate left untouched. Johansen told a local magazine this week that the party did not want to be accused of politically capitalizing on the attacks, but it was time to discuss […]

Competition authorities land on Widerøe

Offices for Norway’s small domestic airline Widerøe in Bærum and Bodø got surprise visits on Tuesday from European competition authorities. They arrived to carry out an unannounced control of Widerøe’s adherence to competition rules tied to Norway’s economic agreement with the European Union. State broadcaster NRK reported that inspectors showed up at Widerøe’s offices Tuesday […]

Norway halts flow of Syrian refugees

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende met with Syrian refugee children in Beirut earlier this month, at school programs financed by Norway, but now the government is balking at taking in more refugees who are sick and injured. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Refugees from the Syrian civil war have finally started arriving in Norway, but now Norwegian authorities are hesitating to take in more. Many of those whom the United Nations wants to send to Norway are ill, handicapped children and others left disabled by bombs, and Norwegian officials contend the local communities where they’re supposed to […]

Quisling’s bunker opened for public

Quisling's bunker under the Bygdøy mansion he took over as his residence during the war has been reopened and can be visited on guided tours.  PHOTO: Holocaust Center/Riksantikvaren

Another remnant of troubling history from World War II emerged from years of decay in Oslo this week, when the former bunker used by convicted traitor Vidkun Quisling opened to the public. The bunker was found under the mansion that Quisling confiscated as his residence in 1942. The mansion on Oslo’s fashionable Bygdøy peninsula, known as […]

Terror support has fallen away


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: 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:å-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 […]