Berg fears he was duped into spying

Defense attorneys for retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg told newspaper Dagbladet on Sunday that Berg has now admitted he more than likely was in Moscow last December for Norway’s military intelligence agency known as E-tjenesten. Norwegian officials remain silent, while Berg himself sits in a Moscow prison, charged with spying. Berg was arrested in Moscow […]

Trygve talks tough to Sp’s ‘bad boys’

Faced with a torrent of criticism for displaying poor leadership, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum is now talking tough as head of the nationally embarrassed Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp). He’s vowing to report eight of the party’s top male politicians to the police, plus two others, if none of them admits by Wednesday to sending an obscene […]

China’s envoy talks tough on trade war

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway, was traveling around the southern portion of the country this week when he spoke warmly about trade between China and Norway but launched a tirade against the US. If US President Donald Trump wants a trade war, the envoy said, he’ll get it, “and China will fight to the […]

Stoltenbergs delve into family’s loss

Nini Stoltenberg was the daughter of top Norwegian politicians and the sister of a prime minister, who now heads NATO, and a doctor who leads Norway’s health directorate. They’re still wondering, along with many others, how she could have become a heroin addict who died at an early age, so her father asked one of […]

Sami protest windmill project

Demonstrators led by Sami reindeer herders blocked access to a construction site for what’s been billed as the largest windmill project in Europe this week. They claim the windmills at Storheia on the Fosen Peninsula in Trøndelag will violate the rights of Sami as an indigenous people, along with disturbing the natural environment. The protesters […]

Tax revenue boom ‘signals optimism’

Finance Minister Siv Jensen has reason to smile after a long and difficult winter: New figures show a boom in unexpected tax revenue rolling into the state treasury, much of it tied to Norway’s economic recovery from the oil price collapse. “This is another signal of optimism and brighter times,” Jensen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Road tolls going up again in Oslo

Drivers of gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles recently saw road tolls into Oslo jump to NOK 49 (USD 6.40), and higher if driving in from the west. Now they daily face tolls of as much as NOK 160, while owners of electric cars will be charged for the first time as well, albeit much less. A […]

Ugly harassment soils Center Party

UPDATED: Norway’s Center Party, known for championing the interests of farmers and rural districts, is facing national disgrace after revelations of some ugly sexual harassment against its former leader, Liv Signe Navarsete. It came from a group of 10 men, eight of whom have held top party roles, who were on holiday together at a […]

Quick rehabilitation for shamed leaders

Reaction was swift this week when news broke that Labour Party politician Trond Giske, who faces multiple charges of sexual harassment, was already making a comeback on the national political stage. It’s also mostly business as usual for others caught in the “MeToo” campaign against harassment this past winter. Giske was welcomed as a hometown […]

Liberals’ leader survives scandal

NEWS ANALYSIS: One of the newest ministers in the Norwegian government, Trine Skei Grande, had the worst possible start to her Liberal Party’s annual national meeting over the weekend, and it got worse underway. Grande seems, however, to have survived a decade-old sex scandal, low standings in the polls and disagreement among party members, at […]