Norway to drop jury system on appeal

A majority in Parliament asked the government in 2015 to replace its appeals court jury system with a combination of professional and lay judges. Now the historic reform has taken shape, reports newspaper Aftenposten. Instead of having a 10-member jury decide on guilt or innocence in Norway’s most serious criminal cases, they’ll now be heard […]

More trouble for Telenor, in Bulgaria

Norway’s international telecoms firm Telenor has run into even more trouble at its overseas operations. This time the problems are in Bulgaria, where a police investigation is now underway into what the company calls “economic crime.” Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Friday that Telenor discovered shortly after buying its Bulgarian operation in 2013 that it […]

The Alliance strikes back under Jens

NATO, the world’s largest defense alliance, is not “obsolete,” according to the former Norwegian prime minister leading it, Jens Stoltenberg. He’s had to be on the defensive himself this week, after more unexpected rumblings from the man moving into the White House on Friday, Donald Trump, but the unflappable Stoltenberg seems to be taking it all in stride. Stoltenberg […]

Christian Democrats help rein in UDI

Norway’s Christian Democrats party has gone along with forming a majority in Parliament that will stop state immigration agency UDI from revoking citizenship granted to immigrants on false premises. Only the courts will be able to revoke citizenship in the future. The move means that both the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkepartiet, KrF) and the Liberals (Venstre) are breaking […]

Alarms ring over rejected refugees

UPDATED: Never before has so much concern been expressed over the fate of mostly teenage boys who have fled Afghanistan, made their way to Norway and then seen their asylum applications rejected. Prime Minister Erna Solberg is under pressure to help them, and halt efforts to send them and others whose citizenship has been challenged […]

Parliament’s leader denies wrongdoing

The president of the Norwegian Parliament, already tied to a huge budget overrun, has now landed in more trouble for allegedly exceeding his powers and then withholding information. Olemic Thommessen of the Conservative Party denies any wrongdoing but now faces questions from the national assembly’s disciplinary committee. Thommessen has led the Parliament (Stortinget) since the Conservatives won […]

Wolf saved despite new license to kill

The Norwegian government is standing by its decision to stop a hunt that would have killed off at least two-thirds of the country’s wolf population, but on Tuesday it allowed state authorities to issue a new license to shoot three more wolves in Hedmark and Akershus counties. That pleased both sides in Norway’s heated debate over wolves. The […]

‘Fancy Bear’ also growls at Norway

The same group of hackers that intelligence officials believe swung the US election in favour of Donald Trump has also attacked Norwegian targets within the military and foreign service. Called “Fancy Bear,” computer security experts believe Russia is behind the hacking that’s aimed at political manipulation and destablization of western democracies. Tom Finney of Secureworks, a […]

Turkish officials seek asylum in Norway, embassy in Oslo dismisses their fears

UPDATED: Scores of Turkish military officers and diplomats who’ve been serving at embassies and with NATO in Europe have defected and sought political asylum, including several now in Norway. Newspaper VG reported Thursday night that they all fear being imprisoned and even tortured or killed if they return home to Turkey. Turkey’s embassy in Oslo dismissed their fears on Friday, […]

Russia reacts to any missile defense aid

Russia is not at all happy that the Norwegian government is studying how it can contribute to NATO’s controversial missile defense system. Newspaper Klassekampen reported Thursday that the Russian Embassy in Oslo has reacted “sharply” and says it will be forced to mount a military response. Klassekampen reported last weekend that Norway was on its way to becoming […]