Record number became Norwegian citizens

A total of 21,600 people obtained Norwegian citizenship last year, setting a new record by a wide margin. The number of officially new Norwegians was up by nearly 8,000 over 2016. Fully 80 percent (18,200) of those who applied for and received Norwegian citizenship come from countries outside Europe. That’s not so unusual, since residents […]

Norway’s population hits 5.3 million

Norway’s population rose to just over 5.3 million during the first quarter of this year, largely a result of immigration. Fewer births and more deaths otherwise resulted in the lowest net population growth since 1985. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) could report that Norway’s population stood at 5,302,778 on April 1. That was 7,159 […]

Woman held on terror charges

A woman from Somalia who arrived in Norway in 2013 has been held in police custody since December, charged with attempts to take part in the terrorist group IS. She was arrested in Italy, believed to have been on her way to join IS warriors in the Middle East. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that she allegedly […]

Asylum seekers decline by half

A total of 674 people sought asylum in Norway during the first three months of this year, just over half the number who sought asylum in the first quarter of last year. There aren’t fewer people fleeing war and poverty, it’s just become much harder to get to Northern Europe. The numbers of new arrivals […]

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 […]

Street artist paints Listhaug as martyr

UPDATED: Bergen residents woke up on the last day of Norway’s long Easter holiday on Monday to a new work of street art. It depicts former Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug as crucified amidst media microphones and flowers like those sent by several hundred supporters. Listhaug was forced to resign just before the holidays began because […]

Parliament scolds finance minister

Norway’s deposed justice minister wasn’t the only top politician in trouble this week. Her Progress Party boss, Finance Minister Siv Jensen, also faced official criticism from the Parliament’s disciplinary committee, over how she handled the recent crisis around state statistics bureau SSB. Members of the committee have spent several months examining the SSB case, which […]

Solberg survives, praises Listhaug

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg received at least some advance notice late Monday night that her justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, would resign before a majority in Parliament forced her to do so. That saved Solberg’s conservative coalition government from collapse, and Solberg went on to praise both Listhaug and her decision. “Sylvi Listhaug reported to […]

Listhaug quits after losing confidence

UPDATED: She’d lost the confidence of a majority in Parliament and would have been held responsible for the collapse of Norway’s conservative coalition government. Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug ultimately suffered the consequences of her controversial behaviour by announcing Tuesday morning that she would resign her cabinet post and instead take one of her Progress Party’s […]

‘Mr Lee’ leaves a legacy in Norway

Chul Ho Lee escaped the horrors of the Korean War to become a pioneering immigrant in Norway and its much-loved “Noodle King,” who later was decorated by Norway’s own King Harald V. His funeral this week came at a time when his homeland is very much back in the international news, and with strong links […]