Trump tactics take root in Norway

Norway’s small Center Party, led by the often-grinning farmer Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, is soaring in public opinion polls on what many claim are new populist tactics likened to those of US President Donald Trump. On Friday one of Vedum’s top party colleagues even resorted to claiming that “nationalism” can be healthy, and the party’s rising voter popularity may usher in a […]

Center Party also ‘polarizes’ rural areas

Not everyone living in rural areas is an ardent supporter of the Center Party, which is now posing a threat to the re-election of Norway’s conservative government coalition. One resident of  Telemark has claimed the party is also pitting rural communities against each other, while others complain about the disproportionate power of Norway’s small political parties in […]

Dane takes on big museum job

The board of Norway’s National Museum in Oslo has selected a new director from Denmark. Karin Hindsbo was tapped not only to lead Norway’s largest museum itself but also to guide its biggest move ever, into brand-new quarters on the capital’s western waterfront. Hindsbo, age 42, has already been living and successfully working in Norway for […]

Party leader reins in new ‘crown prince’

The new “crown prince” of the Christian Democrats Party, Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, has been a firm opponent of abortion but now his boss, party leader Knut Arild Hareide, has come out against controversial new US funding bans against even providing abortion information. That means calls for Norwegian aid to offset cuts in US aid may […]

Culture shock hits refugees in Karasjok

Karasjok in Northern Norway is known as a capital of Sami culture with long cold winters, equally long light summer days and wide open spaces. Not everyone wants to live there, though, and several refugee families from Syria are suffering culture shock in Karasjok. Like growing numbers elsewhere, they just want to go home. That’s extremely difficult if […]

Sami still standing with Standing Rock

News this week that US President Donald J Trump plans to defy Native Americans and resume construction of the disputed Dakota Access Pipeline has prompted Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami, to reaffirm their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation. Sami from all over Norway along with Sweden and Finland have gathered in Trondheim […]

Nobel Prize winners under pressure

It hasn’t been a good week for two Nobel Peace Prize winners who both have spent time in Oslo. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma) is accused of not doing enough to stop her country’s persecution Rohingya refugees, while Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been accused of accepting bribes. Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne […]

Whale and birds killed by plastics

A whale that was found clearly sick and in distress in the waters off Sotra, western Norway, last week has set off a national alarm over the dangers of plastics discarded at sea. After authorities decided to put the whale out of its misery, its stomach was found to be full of plastic bags and wrappings, and […]

DAB radio spreads, despite protests

Residents of Trøndelag and the county of Møre og Romsdal lost most of their FM radio channels on Wednesday as the next phase of Norway’s conversion to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) was rolled out. It wasn’t without more protests. “It’s costing me NOK 30,000 (USD 3,658) just to upgrade my headsets,” complained farmer and truck […]

Ministry admits to big frigate troubles

Norway’s fleet of five frigates has been swamped by troubles almost since the first one was delivered nearly 11 years ago. Now the Defense Ministry itself agrees with strong criticism from State Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss, and claims to be working hard to address the problems. Foss, a former government minister himself for the Conservative […]