Military fights to shut down fish farm

Norway’s defense department (Forsvaret) wants authorities to shut down a fish farming operation off the coast just north of Bergen. It claims the operation creates noise that disturbs its efforts to track foreign submarines or other vessels in the area. The salmon and trout producing company Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS has so far fended off the […]

Russian ‘attack’ prompts complaint

Norway’s foreign ministry has confirmed that it complained to Russian authorities following three of their air force training missions last year that simulated attacks on Norwegian military stations. Norwegian officials claimed that “this type of behaviour” was not in line with good relations between neighbours. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that Russian bomber jets, for example, […]

NATO’s boss was ‘back home’ again

It was his older sister Camilla’s 60th birthday on Monday but NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg was formally back in Norway on an official visit. Family parties were set aside as the former Norwegian prime minister tackled issues ranging from defense funding to tensions with Russia and Turkey. He flatly refused to answer questions about the […]

Opposition questions defense spending

The leader of the foreign relations and defense committee in the Norwegian Parliament, Anniken Huitfeldt of the Labour Party, claimed she was “very surprised” to learn that Norway’s defense spending will dip from around 1.56 percent of gross national product this year to around 1.5 percent in 2020. NATO wants it to rise, to 2 […]

Critics blast jump in weapon exports

Norway is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize but it’s also a significant weapons producer, and their exports shot up last year. Now critics in and out of Parliament are firing off complaints over sales to authoritarian regimes and areas near armed conflict. “This is a violation of the fundamental intentions in the foreign […]

Probe demanded into arms exports

Norway’s chapter of the humanitarian organization Save the Children (Redd Barna) called again on Wednesday for a probe of arms and ammunition exports to the United Arab Emirates. The call came after Norway’s foreign ministry confirmed that such exports were suspended a week before the Christmas holidays. “That’s a good beginning,” Line Hegna of Redd […]

NATO boss ‘surprised’ by extended term

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who became secretary general of NATO in 2014, said he was “surprised” but also “honoured” that his term of duty was extended this week by another two years. He thinks it gives him an even stronger mandate than he already had. “I was under the impression that there […]

Russians guided around F35 base

Norway’s newly expanded Ørland Air Force Base has been kept mostly off limits for Norwegian photo-journalists and many others, but Russian officers were given a tour of it last week. The tour can be viewed as an important move towards easing recent tensions between Norway and Russia, while newspaper Aftenposten described it as a “paradox.” Defense […]

New fighter jets flew in ‘jul’ formation

Norwegians all over the country got a rare glimpse of their new F35 fighter jets on Tuesday when two of them, along with 12 of Norway’s older F16s, flew in formation from north to south. It was an unusual display that had a variety of purposes, also as an annual Christmas greeting to all those […]

Debate rises over Russian defense

NEWS ANALYSIS: A new report from the Norwegian defense department’s own research institute highlights four reasons why Russia has become more dangerous for Norway, and two reasons why it hasn’t. A senior researcher at Norway’s foreign policy institute NUPI, meanwhile, is challenging Norway’s new defense and foreign ministers to evaluate whether current policies actually improve […]