Fire destroys Selje Hotel

The Selje Hotel, located on a picturesque beach near Norway’s West Cape, was heavily damaged in a fire during the night. The hotel was closed for the winter and there were no injuries, but the fire is a major loss for the local community. The hotel attracted visitors to its relatively remote location in the county […]

Airbnb rentals face tougher taxation

Private individuals who actively engage in short-term rentals of residential property, like that arranged through websites like Airbnb, now face tougher tax liability in Norway. Gone are the days of tax-free rental proceeds, if the authorities determine the rental activity is extensive. Questions remain over how “extensive” the short-term rental activity may be, but newspaper Dagens […]

Tourists pour in like never before

More foreign tourists than ever before are visiting Norway this year, and with many Norwegians staying in the country as well this summer, the tourism industry is booming. Norway’s mountains and fjords are still the strongest magnets, but Norwegian cities are also drawing unusually large crowds of sightseers. Downtown Oslo, for example, has been packed with visitors this […]

190 lose their jobs at Oslo hotel

Hotel tycoon Petter Stordalen plans to remodel and expand his Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in downtown Oslo, to turn it into Norway’s largest hotel. Fully 190 people now working at the hotel are losing their jobs in the process. “It’s unfortunate that so many will lose their jobs,” Stordalen told newspaper VG this week, “but it’s […]

Hotel strike over, workers jubilant

Norway’s lengthy and highly disruptive hotel strike ended during the night in what the unions were calling a victory. Hotels that have been closed by the strike were due to reopen at 3pm on Saturday. “This has been an important battle that gives us strength for the future,” Jørn Eggum, head of the trade union federation Fellesforbundet, said […]

Strike left tourism out in the cold

COMMENTARY: A newly retired couple from England won’t likely forget what was supposed to be a celebratory trip to Norway last week that ended in anguish on a blustery Arctic dock. Nor will a stranded group of Danish tourists, a man on holiday from the Netherlands, or the undersigned on a reporting job from Oslo. All of […]

Frustration rises over hotel strike

As Norway’s nationwide hotel strike drags on, frustration is running high not only among stranded travelers but also hotel owners unhappy with their own employers’ bargaining organization NHO Reiseliv. One has already checked out of the group, claiming it lacks willingness to negotiate with the unions, and a new attempt at mediation was set for early next week. “Something […]

Hotel strike heads into third week

There was still no settlement in sight as Norway’s nationwide hotel and restaurant strike headed into its third week and one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year. Trade union federation Fellesforbundet, on the contrary, announced plans to pull another 50 workers off the job at four new hotels and restaurants on the 17th of May, Norway’s […]

Conflicts spread with hotel strike

UPDATED: Tempers rose in line with the warm temperatures outdoors during the weekend, as the numbers of striking workers at Norwegian hotels expanded along with their accusations of alleged strike-busting. While tourism industry officials fretted over the strike’s effect on Norway’s reputation as a travel destination, other strikes also loom in the weeks ahead. The strike against hotels and […]

No bus strike but more hotels hit

Negotiators for unions representing bus drivers and the organization representing their employers managed to avert a major strike on Thursday, after eight hours of overtime talks. There’s still no sign of settlement in the nationwide strike by hotel and restaurant workers, though, and it’s set to spread even more next week. A bus strike would have […]