‘Norwegian-Pakistanis misunderstood’

It’s been 50 years since the first “foreign workers” from Pakistan landed at Oslo’s former airport at Fornebu. Two generations later, descendant Assad Nasir thinks most Norwegians still don’t know enough about their mostly well-integrated countrymen so he’s written a book to help them out. His book, entitled Kunsten å være pakkis (loosely translated, “The Art […]

Islamist dreamed of ‘crushing’ City Hall

A young Norwegian Islamist convicted of recruiting others to the terrorist organization ISIL wants to destroy all the statues around Oslo’s City Hall and longs for the day when Muslim prayers will stream out of the landmark building’s tower instead of chimes. Ubaydullah Hussain said so himself, along with many other things, in a long-anticipated documentary that was […]

Islamic group fails to resolve conflict

The embattled leader of the Islamic Council of Norway failed this week to address the concerns of the government minister responsible for the council’s now-disputed government funding. Its board leader, meanwhile, is blaming the media for what he called the “bullying, harassment and discrimination” of the council’s new communications adviser who wears a face- and body-covering niqab. “I […]

Islamic Council loses its largest member

Norway’s largest Muslim organization has declared that it’s withdrawing its membership in the country’s Islamic council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN). The five largest members of IRN gathered for what newspaper VG called a crisis meeting Tuesday night, after IRN controversially hired a new colleague who wears a face-covering niqab to help handle communications. The Islamic Fellowship […]

‘Not a good day for Muslims’ in Norway

UPDATED: A Muslim member of the Norwegian parliament, Abid Raja, was among public figures reacting negatively on Tuesday to news that Norway’s Islamic Council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN) has hired a new colleague to handle communications who covers her face and body with a niqab. Only Leyla Hasic’s eyes can be seen by those communicating with her, and […]

Conservatives open to dual citizenship

After years of debate, the Norwegian Conservative Party has voted in favour of clearing the way to allow dual citizenship in Norway. Since the Conservatives hold government power, the vote on Sunday may finally allow thousands of long-time foreign residents in Norway to feel more Norwegian as well. “This is a great victory for everyone who […]

Court dumps Breivik’s prison complaint

UPDATED: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is not being subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights, according to an appeals court decision handed down on Wednesday. Breivik lost on all counts but his attorney is already vowing to appeal. The decision from Norway’s Borgarting lagmannsrett cleared Norwegian state authorities of any violations of […]

Frp opens up for dual citizenship

One of Norway’s two government parties, the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) seems to be leaning in favour of finally allowing dual citizenship in the country. Its government partner, the Conservatives, remains undecided while at least one of their support parties in Parliament has long favoured dual citizenship. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that several county leaders in […]

Prime minister lauded for promoting ‘new word of the year’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg ended up getting credit for introducing and using what Norwegian language experts chose as the “the new word of the year” for 2016: hverdagsintegrering. That literally translates to “everyday integration,” and it’s something Solberg urged to help include new immigrants and especially refugees into daily life in Norway. While Solberg’s government minister in charge […]

New asylum rules won’t be eased

Norway’s tougher new asylum rules have boosted deportations and sparked concern lately, both inside and outside the country, but they won’t be eased any time soon. As Norwegian politicians battle over next year’s state budget and other issues, the vast majority of them agree that the grounds and procedures for gaining asylum needed to be […]