Norway tones down July 22 memorials

Quieter, less elaborate memorials were held over the weekend for victims and survivors of attacks by an ultra right-wing nationalist who killed 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011. Prime Minister Erna Solberg stresssed, however, that it was important to show that neither the victims, the survivors nor their families are forgotten. “For us, the 22nd of […]

Embattled politician drops her holiday

While most top Norwegian politicians are taking a least a week or two off this summer, Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande is already on the campaign trail in an effort to win back voters instead. Grande’s small party that once held government power now finds itself battling to simply retain representation in Parliament. Grande thus figures […]

Listhaug to tighten citizenship rules

Norway’s controversial immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, is back on the job after a brief maternity leave and keen to make it even more difficult for foreigners to settle in Norway and become Norwegian citizens. Now she wants to raise residence requirements from the current seven years, to 10. “Norwegian citizenship shall be difficult to attain,” […]

Research taps into onset of Alzheimer’s

Norwegian researchers, in conjuction with colleagues in California, have developed new genetic testing that can provide answers as to when a person develops Alzheimer’s Disease.  Its use raises ethical questions, though, and not everyone wants to know. Professor Ole A Andreassen at the University of Oslo has been part of the team developing the test. He […]

Solberg under new attack over Liu

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was under attack again on Friday by human rights activists who think she has betrayed her own government’s human rights policy. The latest criticism comes after the death on Thursday of China’s jailed human rights promoter Liu Xiaobo, who didn’t get the support from Norway that many feel was warranted in his […]

Peace Prize winner dies in custody

UPDATED: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize but was never allowed by angry Chinese authorities to receive it in Oslo, died at a hospital in Shenyang on Thursday. Human Rights Watch quickly claimed that Liu’s death exposes “the Chinese government’s ruthlessness towards peaceful proponents of human rights and democracy.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee […]

Norwegians dislike Donald Trump

Four out of five Norwegians questioned in a new survey have an unfavourable impression of the new US president, Donald Trump. They like Russian President Vladimir Putin more than Trump, which is unfortunate since Trump now leads the country that ranks as Norway’s most important ally. Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that the survey, conducted by […]

Minister forced to defend her defense

Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was under attack again this week, after yet another report from military experts contended that Norway’s defense forces are woefully inadequate. NATO forces would of course be expected to help Norway defend itself, but the report is the latest in a long series of claims that Norwegian troops are unable to mobilize and […]

PST won’t specify Islamic extremists

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) is facing criticism for its reluctance to be more specific about terror threats posed by Islamic extremists. Not only will it not attach a number to how many extremists may be in Norway, it didn’t pass on warnings that an Islamic cleric suspected of having ties to terror group IS was on […]

Car deals landed diplomat in trouble

A Norwegian diplomat serving temporarily as a high-ranking envoy at one of Norway’s embassies abroad lost his chance at becoming an ambassador after a spurt of lavish spending. Newspaper VG told the story on Tuesday of how the diplomat paid cash for a BMW and a Toyota, without authorization for either purchase. It’s the latest example of a diplomat exhibiting […]