Pioneering queen hailed on her 80th

She was once accused of being a threat to the Norwegian monarchy but on Tuesday Queen Sonja was being hailed for saving it. As she turned 80 on the 4th of July, the commoner who married then-Crown Prince Harald 49 years ago was finally getting credit for reforming an institution that most Norwegians willingly admit is an anachronism that nonetheless enjoys […]

Parliament leaders in trouble again

Members of the Norwegian Parliament (MPs) were not happy on Monday to read that their president and his secretary general have spent time and money hiring a special baker who can make French pastries for them and a machine that can emboss their business cards in gold. The small luxuries, among others, have emerged just as embattled President […]

‘China has lost all respect for Norway’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg literally hit the road this weekend in her new campaign bus, but it wasn’t all glad-handing and smiles. Solberg was continually confronted over her refusal to comment on or criticize China’s treatment of its terminally ill Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, and whether his request for medical care in the […]

Athletics leaders reveal big spending

After months of pressure, Norway’s national athletics federation has finally turned over its expense accounts for both the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer last year. Both revealed some lavish spending on luxury hotels, meals and alcoholic beverages, and now the federation has chosen a new leader to replace the one who […]

Ministers silent on Nobel winner’s fate

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been two days since news broke that China’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, dissident Liu Xiaobo, had finally been released from prison, but only because he’s terminally ill and needed hospitalization. Since then, not even the current Norwegian government minister Jan Tore Sanner who’d nominated Liu for the prize has commented on Liu’s situation, […]

State settles with defiant farmers

The Norwegian government finally came to terms with the country’s two powerful farm lobbying organizations Monday night, over how much state subsidy and other forms of financial support they’ll receive over the next year. Taxpayers will be forking over another NOK 625 million (USD 74 million). An additional NOK 130 million will be released for the […]

Norway objects to floating nuke plant

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, backed by other Nordic leaders, is demanding answers from Russian authorities over its plans to tow a floating nuclear power station by barge from St Petersburg through the Baltic and Kattegat and all along Norway’s coast to Murmansk in the far north. Protests over the shipment mark another rise in tensions between […]

State fails to halt abuse of children

A devastating report by a state commission has angered but not surprised Norway’s government minister in charge of equality and family issues. The report found that the state has repeatedly failed to help children who are suffering from abusive parents and guardians. “When I think about these children who have been subjected to violence and assaults, […]

Brazilian leaders met by protests

Rainforest destruction in Brazil led to its environment minister and president being met by tough questions and protests after they arrived in Oslo for what was called “a working visit” on Friday. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among those letting Brazilian President Michel Temer know that the Norwegians were not pleased. “I’m worried that deforestation in […]

Prosecutor drops UD probe, for now

UPDATED: Norway’s state prosecutor (Statsadvokaten) was raising questions Friday about how the country’s foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD) has handled a case involving the former Norwegian ambassador to Indonesia. The ambassador had secret romantic relationships with three Indonesian women during the course of his four years in the mostly Muslim nation, one of whom received NOK 1.4 million in […]