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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 […]

Oil Fund urged to dump Facebook shares, Prime Minister joined the fight

UPDATED: The Norwegian press federaton (Norsk Presseforbundet) thought Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the “Oil Fund” should use its clout to punish Facebook for censorship. Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined protests in Norway against Facebook and was promptly censored herself, but Facebook ultimately backed down. The press federation was calling on the Oil Fund’s ethics committee to evaluate […]

Norway to buy new spy planes

The Norwegian government reportedly has signed a letter of intention to buy new surveillance aircraft from US aviation contractor Boeing. The deal carries a pricetag of NOK 11 billion (USD 1.3 billion), reports newspaper Klassekampen. The paper wrote in its latest edition that Norway’s Defense Ministry has entered into a secret agreement to buy new P-8 […]

Heavy rain set off flooding

Norway’s southwestern counties of Hordaland and Rogaland have had a disappointing summer, with lots of pouring rain and, now, flooding. Traffic was backed up for lengthy periods on the main E39 highway at Randaberg on Thursday after the flooding also closed important tunnels. State broadcaster NRK reported that the E39 Byfjord tunnel and the Mastrafjortunnel […]