Tetra Pak’s rival reacts to tight Tine ties

The chief executive of Elopak said on Monday that he was “negatively surprised” by news that his company’s arch rival, Tetra Pak, is under investigation for allegedly bribing a top purchasing executive at Norwegian dairy conglomerate Tine. “We’ll have to see what comes out of this,” Niels Petter Wright of Elopak told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). In a lengthy […]

Corruption case inspires books, film

As Norway’s biggest narcotics and police corruption case ever entered its seventh week on Monday, not everyone in the courtroom is involved or mere spectators. The so-called “Jensen-Cappelen case” has inspired book publishers, filmmakers and TV production companies to try turning the drama into some form of entertainment. “This is a very exciting case with exciting […]

Police expand robbery probe

UPDATED: Police were calling for tips from the public over the weekend and released surveillance camera photos after an armed robbery of a jewelry store at Skøyen on Oslo’s west side Friday evening. Three masked men threatened the store’s manager and a customer at gunpoint, and made off with an unknown quantity of expensive watches. The heist occurred […]

Crime unit probes bribery at Tine

UPDATED: A senior manager in charge of purchasing at Norway’s dominant dairy conglomerate Tine was treated to travel, spa visits, gifts, 145 dinners and 246 rounds of drinks over a four-year period by a seller at Tetra Pak, the packaging firm that has Tine as its sole large customer in Norway. Suspicion of alleged bribery was so strong that Tine […]

Many defy call for pay ‘moderation’

The most powerful officials in Norway’s labour market gathered this week and agreed that “moderation” will continue to be the buzzword in wage and salary talks this spring. Executive pay, meanwhile, and even the salaries of some political leaders have risen to a level that’s anything but moderate, by Norwegian standards. Top business leaders in Norway are now paid […]

Several hundred passwords leaked

The passwords and personal information of several hundred Norwegian politicians and diplomats have been leaked in connection with attacks on social media and computer cloud services. Those using Adobe, Dropbox and LinkedIn reportedly are among the victims. Just a week after news broke that hackers believed to be working for Russian intelligence had attacked the Nowegian Labour […]

Norway takes aim at new weapons law

As the number of registered private weapons rises in Norway, the government aims to send a new proposed weapons law to the Parliament. Opposition is expected, given the country’s strong hunting culture and the popularity of shooting as sport. Newspaper Aftenposten reported on Thursday that there now are more than 1.3 million weapons registered for private […]

Telenor warns of email extortion attempt

Norway’s large telecommunications company Telenor sent out a warning this week against opening an email that appears to have been sent by Telenor. Instead, claims Telenor, it’s sent by “swindlers” who will try to extort money from the email’s recipients. The mail has been sent as a fraudulent “Telenor ePostfaktura” and appears to be genuine, using Telenor’s […]

Seized snake stolen

Customs authorities in Kristiansand, on the southern tip of Norway, made a surprise discovery during a routine inspection of a car driving off a ferry from Denmark. They found a boa constrictor in the car that also contained three young men. Local newspaper Agderposten reported that one of the young men, all from Rogaland County, claimed […]

Au pair scandal yields jail terms

The Oslo City Court has sentenced a wealthy Norwegian investor and his wife to five months in prison each, in a case that has highlighted abuse of Norway’s au pair program. It’s supposed to serve as a cultural exchange for young people from abroad but the couple, aided by two neighbours, was found guilty of fraudulently and illegally using two young women from the Philippines […]