Israeli ambassador offends Norwegians

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, has stirred up protests from Norwegian political leaders on both the right and the left after he described one of his many a Norwegian critics as being 2a descendant of Quisling,” the infamous traitor who sided with the Nazis during World War II. The ruling Conservative Party has reacted […]

Russia expels a Norwegian diplomat

Russian authorities expelled a Norwegian diplomat on Friday who’d been working at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. Russia’s foreign ministry also called in Norway’s ambassador along with those from Sweden, Finland and Denmark, to complain about their own envoys’ expulsions earlier in the week. The Russians’ move was an expected response to Norway’s decision, along with […]

Russian ‘freeze’ worries Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg admits the diplomatic situation has worsened after Norway and several other countries expelled Russian diplomats this week. Solberg, who didn’t take off on Easter holiday like many of her fellow Norwegians, indicated Norway had no choice following Russia’s alleged use of nerve gas against one of its former agents who was […]

Norway expels Russian diplomat

UPDATED: Norway’s foreign ministry decided on Monday to expel a Russian diplomat who reportedly was an intelligence officer based at Russia’s Embassy in Oslo. The expulsion is mainly, however, a show of solidarity with the British government and part of an international reaction to Russia’s alleged use of nerve gas in Britain against one of […]

‘Mr Lee’ leaves a legacy in Norway

Chul Ho Lee escaped the horrors of the Korean War to become a pioneering immigrant in Norway and its much-loved “Noodle King,” who later was decorated by Norway’s own King Harald V. His funeral this week came at a time when his homeland is very much back in the international news, and with strong links […]

New US ambassador settles in

Norway has a  new US ambassador, after Republicans readily confirmed US President Donald Trump’s choice of a retired rear admiral, Kenneth J Braithwaite. His arrival comes just over a year after the US ambassador’s mansion in Oslo was vacated by Sam Heins, former US President Barack Obama’s envoy. Heins had a short stay in Oslo, […]

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, […]