US Embassy warns of Trump decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel set off immediate concerns, warnings and protests in Norway that even worry the US’ own embassy in Oslo. The embassy sent out a warning of its own to all US citizens in Norway Thursday morning, cautioning them to be extra careful in the […]

Jerusalem decision sets off warnings

Reaction was swift in Norway to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Norwegian government was quick to state its concerns, while leaders of the opposition in Parliament and wide variety of commentators were harshly critical and even had some warnings of their own. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, […]

Some envoys drop Nobel ceremony

The director of Norway’s Nobel Institute claims there’s “no boycott” of this year’s annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo’s City Hall, but he has confirmed that some of the ambassadors from countries that produce atomic weapons won’t be attending. Their governments are not happy that the Peace Prize has been awarded to the International […]

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, […]

Tycoon emerges as US Embassy buyer

A Norwegian mountain climber and real estate tycoon who owns thousands of condominiums has emerged as the successful bidder for the former US Embassy building in Oslo. The landmark building reportedly fetched as much as half-a-billion Norwegian kroner, or around USD 63 million. Newspaper Finansavisen reported over the weekend that real estate investor Ivar Tollefsen […]

Embassy tipped about visa fraud

The Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan has received and forwarded tips to officials in Oslo about possible fraud involving visa applications. It’s not uncommon, they’ve been told, for visa applicants in Pakistan to pay dearly for written invitations to Norway, in the hopes that will help them secure a visa to Norway that also can serve as a […]

Trump chooses envoy to Norway

US President Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate a retired rear admiral who now works for a health care strategy company as his ambassador to Norway. One Norwegian commentator called Trump’s choice of Kenneth Braithwaite “surprising.” The White House offered no reason for the choice in its official statement but described Braithwaite […]

Drunk diplomat faces expulsion

Norway’s Foreign Ministry claims it’s following up on a police report that a Russian diplomat was driving under the influence of alcohol when he collided two weeks ago with a parked car in Oslo’s Frogner district. Frogner is home to many foreign embassies, but may not be so for long for the diplomat involved. Oslo […]

‘Enormous’ interest in old embassy building

Real estate brokers in charge of selling the former US Embassy building in Oslo have received numerous bids for the property. Prices offered suggest the building can sell for as much as a half-billion kroner (USD 64 million). The embassy sits on a prime location just across from the Royal Palace park and the Nobel […]

Old US Embassy waits for a buyer

The “Stars ‘n’ Stripes” no longer fly over the old US Embassy building in Oslo, and its police guard house across the street seems as abandoned as the darkened structure itself. Sale of the now-strangely quiet property has been delayed, but its real estate agent still expects a buyer to emerge by the end of the year. […]