More refugees arrive from Russia

Police in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark have demanded an answer from Russian authorities as to why they allowed six asylum seekers to cross the border into Norway this week. Norwegian authorities thought they had an agreement with their Russian counterparts on strict border control. News bureau NTB reported Thursday that the six asylum seekers, […]

Police ban neo-Nazi march after all

Fears of violent confrontations with counter-demonstrators have made police  think twice about allowing a neo-Nazi march in the southern Norwegian city of Fredrikstad this summer. Now it’s been banned, because of the potential for “serious disturbance of the peace, order and legal traffic” through town. Police in Fredrikstad had earlier allowed the march by the Swedish-based […]

Murder defendant delivers his version

After months of silence, a 59-year-old Norwegian man charged with murdering his Thai wife and her 12-year-old son began testifying publicly in court this week. He has admitted shooting both of them before turning his rifle on himself, but claims he wasn’t simply distraught over a looming divorce. The case has attracted widespread press covering in Norway, as […]

Foreign spouses often vulnerable

A murder trial beginning this week in Northern Norway points up the lack of security and even potential hazards facing newly arrived foreign spouses of Norwegian citizens, and their children. So-called “love-” or “marriage-immigrants” are often utterly dependent on their Norwegian spouses, and that can leave them vulnerable to exploitation and dangerous situations. The trial that […]

Russia arrests four at Norwegian border

Russian border guards have reportedly arrested four people for trying to cross the country’s northern border into Norway. Russian security agency FSB, which is responsible for the country’s border guard service, said those arrested are citizens of Morocco. The Independent Barents Observer, the Kirkenes-based news service that specializes in covering Arctic issues, reported that it remained unclear […]

Immigration ‘can make Norway great’

EXPATRIATE MUSINGS: As Norway continues to grapple with its newfound diversity, and settle thousands of refugees, a visiting American thinks that “what made America great, can make Norway great, too.” Anisa Abeytia, a Stanford graduate from California working on a documentary about Syrian refugees in Europe, has spent quite a bit of time in Norway, and […]

Disputed au pair program to continue

The Norwegian government has secured a majority in Parliament for its intention to maintain the country’s disputed au pair program. The program has resulted in many young women from the Philippines working as low-paid domestic servants in Norway, instead of functioning as the cultural exchange it was intended to be, and that’s made it a target of strong criticism. Despite […]

Refugee rescue ship back in Norway

The offshore vessel Siem Pilot has spent the past two years patrolling the waters of the Mediterranean and rescuing thousands of desperate refugees from drowning. It returned to Norway on Thursday, when the country was otherwise celebrating the Ascension Day public holiday. The vessel, which was built to serve offshore oil platforms, wound up being chartered […]

Police allow Nazi march in Fredrikstad

Police in the southern Norwegian city of Fredrikstad have decided to allow a Swedish neo-Nazi group to hold a demonstration against homosexuality this summer. The decision has upset local residents and government officials, and counter-demonstrations are already being planned. “Paragraph 100 in our constitution, the right to express yourself, is so strong in Norway,” Inge […]

Population growth slows down

Oslo has been among the fastest-growing capitals in Europe for several years but now that growth rate, and the country’s itself, has slowed considerably. Much of it is a result of emigration and the falloff in refugee arrivals. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reports that Norway’s population grew by 8,829 people during the first […]