Labour sinks into a post-election ‘crisis’

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian Labour Party and especially its embattled leader, Jonas Gahr Støre, have been clobbered by yet another rash of terrible poll results. They show how Labour voters are still fleeing to other parties, that Støre is far from favoured as a prime minister candidate and now, that less than half of Labour’s […]

Voter turnout hit nearly 80 percent

Norwegians tend to take their elections very seriously, as evidenced by voter turnout of 78.2 percent in last Monday’s parliamentary election. That’s exactly the same turnout as in the country’s parliamentary election four years ago.  The latest numbers from the state elections directorate show that 2,945,473 ballots were cast on Monday, up by nearly 100,000 from the 2,848,903 […]

Thousands excluded from Election Day

It was pouring rain in Oslo and many other Norwegian cities on Election Day Monday. That was at least some consolation, perhaps, for the thousands of permanent Norwegian residents over the age of 18 who couldn’t brave the bad weather and troop to the polls anyway, because they’re not eligible to vote. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently […]

Labour mobilizes to stem its slide

Around 65,000 households in Oslo’s east-side district of Groruddalen alone can expect Labour Party promoters to knock on their doors over the next week. The party is mobilizing its troops all over the country in a desperate effort to ward off their potentially worst election result in years. Labour’s candidate for prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, […]

Liberals’ leader won’t bow out

Commentators were all but writing her political obituary before Trine Skei Grande rallied her troops in the Liberal Party over the weekend. Her party faces dismal standings in the polls and she’s been under fire herself, but she denied she was exhausted, rejected speculation that her days as leader of the troubled Liberal Party were over, and vowed to […]

Labour downplays EU membership

Norway’s Labour Party, which has long favoured membership in the European Union (EU), has struck a more neutral tone in its new party program rolled out this week. Labour’s leader, Jonas Gahr Støre, claims it’s only a sign of adapting to the times. The party, though, has been reaching out to centrist parties in the hopes of forming […]

Hackers hit Labour at the Parliament

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST has informed the Norwegian Labour Party that its Members of Parliament have been subjected to a hostile cyber attack. PST told Labour Party officials that the hackers have been tied to a foreign country’s intelligence operation. The country allegedly involved was not identified. News of the attack comes a day after […]

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 […]

Parties gain on Trump’s election

Nearly all of Norway’s political parties have registered strong gains in party membership this autumn, not least in the two weeks following the election of Donald J Trump as president of the United States. Party leaders, especially those on the left side of Norwegian politics, think Trump’s election caused so much concern that more people want […]

US envoy tries to reassure Norway

Samuel D Heins has only been the US’ ambassador to Norway since last spring and now, since the election of a new president, he’s confirmed that he’s expected to resign “as of noon on the 2oth of January” (Inauguration Day). Until then, however, Heins seems determined to reassure nervous Norwegians that they can still rely on […]