Secrecy surrounds a lack of security

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and both her defense and justice ministers have had to admit this week, at public hearings called by the Parliament’s disciplinary committee, to serious shortcomings in national preparedness and security. Solberg’s government is still insisting, however, on keeping a state auditor’s highly critical report on the situation secret, and that’s setting off even more criticism […]

Telenor demonstrated new 5G network

Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia are racing to be the first to provide the next mobile phone network, 5G. Telenor demonstrated its technology this week, with government minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen pressing the button that quickly brought communications speed up to more than 70 gigabits a second. Telenor’s 5G system will mean that mobile phone signals in […]

Progress Party proud of sharp decline in asylum seekers

Norway’s conservative Progress Party, which long has argued in favour of restrictive immigration, was proud of the “solid documentation” released this week showing that Norway experienced Europe’s biggest decline in arrivals of asylum seekers last year. The decline came even though Europe still logged another huge stream of would-be refugees. The numbers from Eurostat showed that 1.2 million […]

Conflicts of interest ram Center Party

Ola Borten Moe is a former Oil & Energy Minister for the Center Party who now leads its program committee heading into the next national election. He’s also attracting questions of conflicts of interest, since he’s gone into the oil business himself while also seeking benefits for small oil companies like his own and calling for cuts in […]

Labour avoids its own property tax

The Norwegian Labour Party has found a way to avoid paying the property tax that the Labour-led Oslo city government has imposed on all other owners of property in Oslo worth more than NOK 4 million. Labour’s headquarters building in the Norwegian capital is under historic preservation orders, and Labour leaders in Oslo proposed and passed a measure in December […]

Property tax bills spark more outcry

Several cultural institutions and humanitarian organizations are the latest to be hit by new property tax bills from the City of Oslo that they claim can threaten their operations. Taxpayers in other cities and towns around Norway are also receiving shocking bills, many in areas where the local economy is thriving and the local government has […]

SV takes a sharp turn to the left

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s small but resurgent Socialist Left party (SV) has always been on the left side of Norwegian politics, but now it’s getting both more left-wing and environmentally minded than it’s been for years. “Redder and greener” is how media commentators were describing the party, that’s interested in becoming part of a new left-center/red-green government coalition, […]

Posten denies its truckers are ‘slaves’

Norway’s postal service Posten has been the target of lots of criticism lately, as it continues to cut back on mail delivery and close post offices in a bid to cut costs. Now it’s been accused of treating drivers for the Slovakian subsidiary of its trucking company Bring like slaves, but Posten claims that’s not true. A Romanian […]

Conservatives gain on Labour’s loss

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative Party has scored a major gain in the latest public opinon poll, which also logged the worst showing for the Labour Party since Jonas Gahr Støre became its leader. The Conservatives are clearly riding a new wave of support tied to their annual national meeting last weekend, even though critics […]

Russia issues new warning to Norway

Russia’s embassy in Oslo has been issuing more complaints about the Norwegians this week. The Russian officials are unhappy about the large winter military exercises going on in Finnmark, Northern Norway, and they’re also warning again of consequences if Norway opts to become part of NATO’s controversial missile defense system. The Russian Embassy called the […]