Rejected American refugee finally deported

Norwegian authorities ended up having to charter a private aircraft over the weekend and spend around NOK 1 million to forcibly return a former American diplomat to the US after her application for asylum in Norway was rejected. Two attempts to fly the woman back to the US on a commercial airliner failed when she […]

American disrupts deportation again

An American woman who failed to obtain the asylum she sought in Norway has once again delayed her deportation after causing a fuss on her outbound flight before takeoff last week. The pilot refused to fly with her onboard. It’s the second time in less than a month that Norwegian authorities have been foiled in […]

American asylum seeker foiled deportation

As the numbers of asylum seekers in Norway decline, one case involving a former American diplomat has presented special challenges for Norwegian authorities, and for all the other passengers on an SAS flight that was supposed to fly her back to the US just before Christmas. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday on the latest developments […]

Embassy awash in diplomatic debris

After years of reported quarrels with its landlord, the Embassy of Pakistan in Norway has moved out of the stately old home it leased in Oslo’s fashionable Frogner district for the past 25 years. The embassy reportedly left behind thousands of passports, visa applications and other documents along with trash and alleged damage to the house, […]

Car deals landed diplomat in trouble

A Norwegian diplomat serving temporarily as a high-ranking envoy at one of Norway’s embassies abroad lost his chance at becoming an ambassador after a spurt of lavish spending. Newspaper VG told the story on Tuesday of how the diplomat paid cash for a BMW and a Toyota, without authorization for either purchase. It’s the latest example of a diplomat exhibiting […]

China’s envoy nurtured reconciliation

Hovering in the background of many of the official photos from events tied to Norway’s and China’s recent reconciliation is a tall Chinese man named Wang Min. His active presence, not least in company with top Chinese leaders, confirms his role as one of the most important players in the diplomatic thaw between the two countries after six years of […]

Norway finally welcomed in China

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg landed in Beijing on Friday and launched what some were calling her government’s ambitious four-day “fishing trip” to China. Backed by fellow ministers and a delegation of more than 200 Norwegian business leaders, they all hope to hook lots of new trade deals and even discuss human rights issues, just not right now. […]

Free trade deal tops Norway’s agenda

Norway’s Trade Minister Monica Mæland arrived in Beijing a day ahead of her government colleagues, eager to start negotiating a new free trade agreement between Norway and China. That’s her top priority as the two countries resume relations after a six-year diplomatic freeze. “We agreed to start free trade negotiations within five months,”  Mæland of […]

Turkish officials win asylum in Norway

Four Turkish officers and the former military attaché at the Turkish Embassy in Oslo have been granted asylum in Norway along with their families. Newspaper Klassekampen reported Wednesday that the asylum decision is raising some eyebrows, since both Norway and Turkey are military allies through their membership in NATO. That makes it highly unusual for Norway to […]

Brende wraps up a turbulent year

Foreign Minister Børge Brende took time to reflect on a turbulent year when he finally spent some hours in his own office in Oslo just before Christmas. After an estimated 180 travel days this year that can stretch over three continents in the course of a week, there aren’t many indications his tempo will slow down next year […]