Wolves stable in numbers, attack fewer sheep

New statistics from Rovdata, which tracks Norway’s wolf population, indicate there are now between 84 and 91 wolves in the country and roaming back and forth over the Norwegian-Swedish border. Nearly 40 are registered as roaming only in Norway, and they seem to be attacking fewer free-grazing sheep. “Our field work has given us a […]

Trump tactics take root in Norway

Norway’s small Center Party, led by the often-grinning farmer Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, is soaring in public opinion polls on what many claim are new populist tactics likened to those of US President Donald Trump. On Friday one of Vedum’s top party colleagues even resorted to claiming that “nationalism” can be healthy, and the party’s rising voter popularity may usher in a […]

Glut of lamb meat won’t lower prices

Norway’s allowance of strict market regulation in its agricultural sector has suddenly left the country with a glut of its lamb meat, often hyped as being of high quality to justify high prices. Warehouses of frozen lamb are now so stuffed with lamb that even farmers and Norway’s highly regulated meat industry are worried, but consumers can’t expect […]

Legal loophole may allow new wolf hunt

The Norwegian government, which dramatically pared back a major wolf hunt in Norway this winter on the grounds it could be illegal, was all but ordered by a majority in Parliament on Tuesday to come up with a “broader” interpretation of the Norwegian law meant to ensure wildlife diversity. Finding a new legal loophole could allow the government to reverse its […]

Minister aims to reform farming

UPDATED: Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale launched a road show of sorts this week as he held the first of six open meetings around the country. He’ll be promoting and defending the conservative government’s latest plan to reform Norway’s heavily regulated, subsidized and protected farming industry, but faces the proverbial tough row to hoe. The plan was predictably blasted by […]

Wolf critics howl over limited hunt

Hundreds of people who feel threatened by the roughly 68 wolves now roaming around eastern Norway turned out for a noisy demonstration in front of the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. They were protesting the government’s refusal to kill 47 of the wolves, and aren’t satisfied that only 15 will be subject to a hunt. The protesters […]

Swedish stores ‘more exciting’

It’s not just the lower prices that tempt carloads of Norwegians to cross the border and go grocery shopping in Sweden. A new study confirms that the sheer selection in Swedish grocery stores is so much bigger and better that it alone can be worth the trip. “I think the selection at Norwegian grocery stores […]

Cheesemaker stunned by international prize

Gunnar Waagen from Nordmøre in Norway traveled to the food mecca of San Sebastian, Spain this week simply to taste other cheeses and get some inspiration at the annual World Cheese Awards. The chairman of cheesemaking firm Tingvollost had never attended the awards ceremony before, and was stunned when his small firm’s blue cheese won the equivalent […]

New statistics may save the wolves

Never have state wildlife officials registered so few predator attacks on Norway’s freely grazing livestock as in the past year. Hopes are rising that the new statistics may prompt reversal of a highly controversial order to kill off nearly two-thirds of the country’s recently re-built wolf population. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on its nightly newscast Dagsrevyen Sunday that […]

Farmers ready to fight trade pact

Norway’s powerful farmers’ lobby was out in force this week when the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) presented its analysis of how a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could affect the country. Norway’s anti-EU lobby was also quick to pounce on how further trade liberalization could boost economic growth and provide gains for most all other […]