NRK upset by flap over anchor’s hijab

Norway’s state broadcasting company NRK has received more than 3,000 complaints over an upcoming new TV program, tied to the parliamentary election in September, that allows its Muslim anchor to wear her hijab on air. “I see that there are strong and dark forces that don’t want young Muslims to be visible,” claims NRK’s chief, Thor Gjermund Eriksen. The […]

Immigrants battle under-employment

Highly skilled and highly educated immigrants in Norway have long faced huge challenges finding work in line with their qualifications. Their battles not only point up underlying prejudice on the part of employers: A new study shows that Norway’s failure to include them in the workforce is also costing society as much as NOK 6 […]

Norwegian parents positive to gay kids

As Norwegian towns and cities geared up for Pride celebrations this weekend comes news that the vast majority of Norwegian parents wouldn’t get upset if their child came out as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Fully 80 percent claimed in a new survey that they’d be either positive or indifferent to their child’s homosexuality. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]