US opens doors to Solberg & Søreide

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, fresh from her first official trip to the Middle East, was heading for Washington DC on Tuesday where she’ll team up with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Together they’ll be having meetings on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump and all three of Trump’s men responsible for defense and foreign […]

Probe demanded into arms exports

Norway’s chapter of the humanitarian organization Save the Children (Redd Barna) called again on Wednesday for a probe of arms and ammunition exports to the United Arab Emirates. The call came after Norway’s foreign ministry confirmed that such exports were suspended a week before the Christmas holidays. “That’s a good beginning,” Line Hegna of Redd […]

NATO boss ‘surprised’ by extended term

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who became secretary general of NATO in 2014, said he was “surprised” but also “honoured” that his term of duty was extended this week by another two years. He thinks it gives him an even stronger mandate than he already had. “I was under the impression that there […]

Russians guided around F35 base

Norway’s newly expanded Ørland Air Force Base has been kept mostly off limits for Norwegian photo-journalists and many others, but Russian officers were given a tour of it last week. The tour can be viewed as an important move towards easing recent tensions between Norway and Russia, while newspaper Aftenposten described it as a “paradox.” Defense […]

New fighter jets flew in ‘jul’ formation

Norwegians all over the country got a rare glimpse of their new F35 fighter jets on Tuesday when two of them, along with 12 of Norway’s older F16s, flew in formation from north to south. It was an unusual display that had a variety of purposes, also as an annual Christmas greeting to all those […]

Nuclear fears spur call for iodine pills

Norwegian authorities issued an unusual warning on Tuesday. They claim the risk of nuclear accidents has risen, and they’re asking communities and pharmacies all over the country to stock up on iodine pills to help fend off cancer following any spread of radiation. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the state health directorate (Helsedirektoratet) is worried […]

Peace Prize put a squeeze on Norway

Nobel Peace Prize Day in Oslo dawned with clear and sunny skies on Sunday, but not everyone was celebrating. The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) challenges Norwegian leaders to finally support a ban themselves, and now pressure is building on them […]

Debate rises over Russian defense

NEWS ANALYSIS: A new report from the Norwegian defense department’s own research institute highlights four reasons why Russia has become more dangerous for Norway, and two reasons why it hasn’t. A senior researcher at Norway’s foreign policy institute NUPI, meanwhile, is challenging Norway’s new defense and foreign ministers to evaluate whether current policies actually improve […]

Fight goes on over defense compromise

A day after Parliament finally agreed on a new defense program for Norway, two MPs from the otherwise allied Labour and Center parties kept fighting live on national radio Wednesday. Another fight looms over funding, since the defense compromise was struck before politicians have figured out how to fund it. On Tuesday the Labour, Christian […]

New foreign minister gets down to work

Ine Eriksen Søreide, who succeeded Børge Brende as Norway’s new foreign minister last month, has been busy settling into her new job and made her first major overseas trip this week. It wasn’t easy, but Søreide didn’t expect it would be either. Søreide’s trip to Myanmar is just the beginning of a globe-trotting job that […]