Tax revenue boom ‘signals optimism’

Finance Minister Siv Jensen has reason to smile after a long and difficult winter: New figures show a boom in unexpected tax revenue rolling into the state treasury, much of it tied to Norway’s economic recovery from the oil price collapse. “This is another signal of optimism and brighter times,” Jensen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Liberals’ leader survives scandal

NEWS ANALYSIS: One of the newest ministers in the Norwegian government, Trine Skei Grande, had the worst possible start to her Liberal Party’s annual national meeting over the weekend, and it got worse underway. Grande seems, however, to have survived a decade-old sex scandal, low standings in the polls and disagreement among party members, at […]

Supreme court won’t hear appeal against Arctic oil drilling

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has refused to hear a direct appeal filed by environmental organizations that lost their attempt to halt oil exploration in the Barents Sea. The organizations aren’t giving up, though, and will now file their complaint according to normal procedure at the appeals court level. Greenpeace, Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) […]

Careful response to attack in Syria

While allies like Canada, Denmark and Germany expressed “support” for Saturday’s attack by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons plants in Syria, Norway’s response was more restrained. The government stated merely that it “understood” the attack, and the careful formulation was no coincidence. “The Norwegians’ choice of words has certainly been evaluated […]

Voter sentiment turns to the left

Norway’s Labour Party, and its former deputy leader Trond Giske, may finally be emerging from a string of crises in recent months. Labour logged the single-biggest gain in a new public opinion poll released this week, indicating a majority of current voter support for the left-leaning coalition in Parliament for the first time since last […]

Hydro now denies polluting in Brazil

Large Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro lashed back at its critics on Monday with two new reports claiming that it was not responsible for polluting water supplies near its Alunorte plant in Brazil. Hydro’s stock soared on the claims, up 6.62 percent at the close of trading in Oslo, but Brazilian authorities rejected them later […]

Solberg blasts Trump’s trade war

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hurled unusual criticism on Friday at the country she normally calls “our biggest ally,” the US, while speaking before 700 members of the Conservative Party she leads. She’s not at all happy with the trade war US President Donald Trump has launched against China and a growing list of other […]

Hydro’s trouble deepens in Brazil

Large industrial firm Norsk Hydro hadn’t yet received the legal documents, but faces having to defend itself in a civil lawsuit over its alleged pollution of local water supplies around the large Alunorte aluminum refinery it owns and operates in northern Brazil. Local prosecutors are demanding the equivalent of nearly NOK 600 million (USD 77 […]

Frp ‘wonderboy’ is new justice minister

UPDATED: Tor Mikkel Wara, a former liberal star within Norway’s conservative Progress Party, has made a major political comeback. Prime Minister Erna Solberg presented Wara on Wednesday afternoon as her new justice minister after an extraordinary Council of State at the Royal Palace. Both newspaper Dagbladet and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) had reported earlier in the […]

Sylvi’s ‘crucifixion’ quickly destroyed

Someone definitely didn’t like street artist AFK’s depiction of Norway’s former crusading justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, as the victim of a crucifixion. His picture of her hanging on a cross was only allowed to stand for two days before being destroyed during the night. AFK’s street art, which he created during the Easter weekend, became […]