Northern Norway’s ‘biggest move ever’

The northern Norwegian city of Bodø has approved ambitious plans to literally move its airport just 900 meters, thereby opening up valuable new waterfront land for redevelopment. If also approved by Parliament, it will be the biggest land-based construction project ever undertaken in Northern Norway, and further boost a city that’s already blossoming. Bodø’s City […]

Sami celebrations marred by decline

Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami, celebrated their national day this month amidst reports that their population may again be threatened by decline. State statistics bureau SSB revealed data showing little if any growth in traditionally Sami areas, and risks that population levels will sink. “What’s of most concern is that a large portion of the […]

Foreign minister still keen on the Arctic

The annual Arctic Frontiers conference, billed as one of the most important gatherings to discuss Arctic development, opened in Norway’s northern city of Tromsø this week. Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was among those opening the conference before flying off to Ethiopia after a hectic spate of travel. Norway’s conservative government coalition has firmly denied […]

Outdoor cinema gone with the wind

TROMSØ: Strong Arctic winds in Tromsø spoiled plans for an outdoor cinema at its annual Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) that started rolling this week. Otherwise the popular film festival was attracting large crowds as usual and packing local hotels and restaurants. It’s the 28th time the film festival is being held in Norway’s Arctic […]

Winter tourism breaks all records

There’s hardly any room at the inns this month, at least in Norway’s northern city of Tromsø. January used to be a very quiet month for Norwegian hotels, but an avalanche of winter tourists has left Tromsø with occupancy rates as high as 95 percent, and business is booming father south as well. “It’s tremendous,” […]

First man convicted in Tysfjord assaults

A man in his 40s from the small but traumatized community of Tysfjord in Northern Norway was sentenced on Monday to five-and-a-half years in prison for sexually assaulting five women. His case is the first of at least 150, after a police investigation finally uncovered a culture of abuse and assault in Tysfjord stretching back […]

Statoil cuts back on new oil project

There was no lack of hyperbole when Statoil presented its latest development plan for the long-delayed Johan Castberg oil field off Northern Norway on Tuesday. Statoil has resorted to extreme cost-cutting to make it profitable, however, and North Cape communities hoping for economic development from the Castberg project may wind up disappointed. “This is a […]

Fight goes on over defense compromise

A day after Parliament finally agreed on a new defense program for Norway, two MPs from the otherwise allied Labour and Center parties kept fighting live on national radio Wednesday. Another fight looms over funding, since the defense compromise was struck before politicians have figured out how to fund it. On Tuesday the Labour, Christian […]

Skies cleared after violent storms

The extreme weather system dubbed “Ylva” was finally subsiding on Friday after two days of strong winds, rain and blizzards that started in the south and then raged northwards. Nordland and Troms could start cleaning up while Finnmark continued to be battered. Thousands of residents lost electricity but state waterways and energy directorate NVE reported […]

Colourful opening of Sami Parliament

Two days after the new Norwegian Parliament opened amidst traditional pomp and circumstance in Oslo this week, the country’s Sami Parliament (Sametinget) opened in its own blaze of colour and with the monarch present. Both legislative bodies take their traditions seriously. King Harald V and Crown Prince Haakon were welcomed to Sametinget in Karasjok, Northern […]