Climate activists hail oil divestments

NEWS ANALYSIS: After years of trying to steer the Norwegian government away from more investment in its oil industry, because of the damage it can cause to the climate and environment, activists on both fronts are glad that at least their politicians will listen when money talks. Climate advocates are delighted that Norway’s central bank […]

Nobel nomination stirs up a storm

The conservative Progress Party’s decision to ultimately nominate their former leader Carl I Hagen for a seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee has set off a storm of opposition. That’s because the 73-year-old Hagen, who couldn’t bring himself to fully retire from politics, remains a substitute Member of Parliament, and many contend that political position […]

Parliament grants refugees a reprieve

Young refugees who fled terror and a dismal future in Afghanistan, but failed to win asylum in Norway, will no longer be all but automatically sent back when they turn 18. They’ve won the right to a new evaluation of their asylum applications, after a majority in Parliament granted them a reprieve on Tuesday, but […]

Troubled ‘Goliat’ knocked out again

Norway’s Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie has vowed that the chronically troubled Goliat platform in the Barents Sea won’t be allowed to restart operations until all its problems are corrected. It’s been shut down once again by the state petroleum agency, at a time when safety concerns on offshore oil installations are rising. “There is no […]

Lawsuit to halt oil exploration begins

Several former government ministers are among the plaintiffs when  a major lawsuit against the state gets underway in Oslo on Tuesday. The historic court case seeks to halt more oil exploration, and has been filed by environmental organizations Greenpeace and Nature and Youth, with the Grandparents Climate Campaign as intervenor. Among the grandparents objecting to […]

Government reacts to Koran school abuse

Reports that several Somalian-Norwegian children have been sent by their families to strict Koran schools back in Somalia, where they suffered physical abuse, have prompted government ministers to threaten to withdraw the children’s passports. Then their parents wouldn’t be able to send them out of the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran a series of reports […]

SSB chief agrees to severance package

Christine Meyer, embattled boss at the chaos-ridden state statistics bureau SSB, has finally agreed to quit after an extraordinary and highly public power struggle with Norway’s finance minister, Siv Jensen. Meyer was stepping down as of midnight Sunday, with a severance pay package valued at up to NOK 1.4 million (USD 175,000). “There are three […]

Royal welcome for new fighter jets

Norway’s three new F35 fighters jets took off for the first time from their new home at the Ørland air base on the West Coast on Friday, with Norwegian pilots in the cockpits, and King Harald was there to mark the occasion. So were a cast of other top officials who made speeches and hailed […]

War of wills flares over SSB’s future

A remarkable power struggle broke out Friday over the leadership of state statistics bureau SSB, which has descended into chaos because of a looming reorganization. The struggle has pitted the leader of SSB, Christine Meyer, against Finance Minister Siv Jensen, who has ultimate responsibility over the state agency. Meyer seemed destined to lose. The conflict […]

Most young Afghan refugees run away

As Norwegian politicians continue to negotiate over forced returns of young rejected refugees, new figures show that most of them disappear before deportations are carried out. Running away from the asylum centers where they’ve only been allowed to live temporarily indicates how desperate they are to avoid being sent back to dangerous homelands. Newspaper Dagsavisen […]