Police crack down on youth gangs

Police fanned out to schools and homes in Follo, south of Oslo, early this week and have arrested around 40 youth suspected of being involved in narcotics with ties to criminal gangs in Oslo. The arrests resulted from a lengthy investigation prompted by concerns expressed by parents, school officials and others working with local youth. Lars Abelsen, […]

Speeding politicians lose their licenses

Norwegian politicians are busy folks but that’s no excuse when they get pulled over by police for speeding. Police in both Telemark and the mountains of Sogn og Fjordane have revoked the drivers’ licenses of two Members of Parliament lately, after they got caught driving way too fast. Liv Signe Navarsete, former leader of the […]

Trial begins in prostitute’s murder

A 26-year-old Norwegian man from Hamar claimed he acted in self-defense when he stabbed Bulgarian prostitute Galina Sandeva to death in Oslo on December 16, 2015. He claimed when his trial began on Tuesday that he had bought the knife he used as a Christmas gift for his father. Sandeva’s body was found on the […]

Woman convicted for using trams as toilets

Norway’s tram and metro system has been dealing with an unusually messy problem for several years. A woman in her 50s habitually uses tram and metro seats as a toilet, despite being convicted of public urination and defecation on more than 100 occasions. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Tuesday that the woman has been convicted once again, […]

Publishing firms fined for collusion

Norway’s four largest publishing companies (Aschehoug, Cappelen Damm, Gyldendal and the former Schibsted Forlag) have been fined NOK 32 million (USD 3.8 million) for what state competition authorities call “illegal cooperation.”  State officials at Konkurransetilsynet claimed that the publishing firms broke Norway’s competition law by “collectively boycotting” distributor Interpress, and sharing competitively sensitive information. Interpress […]

High court rejects child murderer’s appeal

Norway’s highest court has rejected an appeal from a Lithuanian man convicted of murdering the young daughter of his former Lithuanian partner in her home outside Bergen. The death of eight-year-old Monika Sviglinskaja received broad media coverage, also because local police initially determined that the child had committed suicide. After a whistleblower and public outcry prodded […]

Inmate who murdered pedophile convict faces more charges

A 55-year-old Norwegian prison inmate who has admitted to murdering a fellow prisoner convicted of numerous sexual assaults on children has confessed to two attempted murders of other inmates as well. He also has clarified his motive. “The motive was his irritation against the men convicted of assaults,” his defense attorney Oscar Ihlebæk told newspaper […]

Police probe string of false bomb threats

Several schools around Norway all received bomb threats from a man speaking English on Wednesday. The schools were all evacuated and no bombs were found. “The schools all received the same sort of threatening phone call in the same period of time,” Gisle Småge of the Sør-Øst Police District told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). He said it […]

Asylum center leader charged with sexual assault

A leader of several asylum centers in Norway has been charged and jailed on suspicion of having sexually assaulted more than a dozen children under the age of 16. Newspaper Dagbladet reported that police believe the children who’ve been assaulted can include refugee children living at the asylum centers. The man charged denies any criminal liability, according to […]

Norway considers jailing pedophiles separately

As registered sexual assaults on children continue to rise in Norway and worldwide, calls are going out to jail Norwegian pedophiles separately from other prisoners. They’re said to rank lowest within the prison population and can be subjected to attacks or worse. Debate rose this week after a 55-year-old Norwegian man, who’d been convicted of repeated attacks on […]