‘MeToo’ complaints overshadow Erna

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s launch of an historic new government coalition this week ended up being overshadowed by complaints filed in the wake of the international “MeToo” campaign against sexual harassment. Both her party and both her coalition partners have been targeted, along with the opposition Labour Party, prompting some to complain that […]

EU post sacrificed in favor of foreign aid

Of all the changes resulting from her goverment reshuffle, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was getting perhaps the most kudos for her decision to replace a ministerial post responsible for EU issues with one aimed at monitoring foreign aid. It’s forcing a major reorganization within Norway’s foreign ministry, but commentators on both the left and the […]

Solberg rolls out new government

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her new government partners were barely visible behind all their flowers as they met well-wishers outside the Royal Palace in Oslo on Wednesday. Solberg restructured her ministries, introduced five new ministers in her expanded coalition and reshuffled others to form what’s been called a new “historic” conservative government. Initial reaction […]

Grande confronts own sex rumours

Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande has felt a need to confront “rumours of a sexual character,” just as she was about to be named as a minister in Norway’s new conservative government coalition. “I’m no abuser,” Grande told newspaper Aftenposten. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was due to unveil her new government ministerial lineup Wednesday […]

Ski jump’s costs soar, bailout sought

Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump is called a “national facility,” but it’s long been a drain on the city’s finances. Now Oslo officials are reviving efforts to secure more state funding to help bail them out of Holmenkollen’s costs, which they feel are claiming far too much of the capital’s overall sports budget. Newspaper Aftenposten reported […]

Fur farmers fight pending shutdown

After repeated incidents of animal abuse and complaints from animal welfare activists, Norway’s newly expanded coalition government now plans to phase out the entire industry. The country’s remaining fur farmers claim they’re “shocked,” despite years of warnings. The addition of the non-socialist but environmentally conscious Liberal Party to Norway’s conservative government coalition, announced Sunday, led […]

Solberg expands her government

Prime Minister Erna Solberg could finally announce expansion of her Conservatives-led government coalition on Sunday afternoon. She confirmed its new platform with the non-socialist Liberal Party would be greener, and aimed as sustaining Norway’s welfare state. After months of negotiations that accelerated after New Year, the non-socialist Liberals’ leader Trine Skei Grande won a green light […]

Sex scandals hit government parties

Norway’s government coalition was shaken Friday by sex scandals in both its Progress and Conservative parties, just as it appeared poised to expand with the addition of the Liberal Party. Evidence that the deputy leader of Progress’ parliamentary delegation had proposed group sex with both a female party member and a 15-year-old boy led to […]

Postal service to cut delivery once again

Norwegians stopped getting their mail delivered on Saturdays last fall. Now the Norwegian postal service (Posten) looks set to win state permission to only deliver the mail every other day. The state transport ministry, which also is responsible for communications in Norway, sent out its proposal to hearing this week regarding changes in the frequency […]

Government talks resumed at Jeløy

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was back at a snow-covered former radio station-turned-hotel on an island south of Oslo late this week, to resume negotiations aimed at expanding the government coalition she leads. There were more signs of optimism at Hotel Jeløy Radio that the non-socialist Liberal Party would team up with Solberg’s Conservatives and the […]