Troubled ‘Goliat’ knocked out again

Norway’s Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie has vowed that the chronically troubled Goliat platform in the Barents Sea won’t be allowed to restart operations until all its problems are corrected. It’s been shut down once again by the state petroleum agency, at a time when safety concerns on offshore oil installations are rising. “There is no […]

Lawsuit to halt oil exploration begins

Several former government ministers are among the plaintiffs when  a major lawsuit against the state gets underway in Oslo on Tuesday. The historic court case seeks to halt more oil exploration, and has been filed by environmental organizations Greenpeace and Nature and Youth, with the Grandparents Climate Campaign as intervenor. Among the grandparents objecting to […]

Government reacts to Koran school abuse

Reports that several Somalian-Norwegian children have been sent by their families to strict Koran schools back in Somalia, where they suffered physical abuse, have prompted government ministers to threaten to withdraw the children’s passports. Then their parents wouldn’t be able to send them out of the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran a series of reports […]

SSB chief agrees to severance package

Christine Meyer, embattled boss at the chaos-ridden state statistics bureau SSB, has finally agreed to quit after an extraordinary and highly public power struggle with Norway’s finance minister, Siv Jensen. Meyer was stepping down as of midnight Sunday, with a severance pay package valued at up to NOK 1.4 million (USD 175,000). “There are three […]

Royal welcome for new fighter jets

Norway’s three new F35 fighters jets took off for the first time from their new home at the Ørland air base on the West Coast on Friday, with Norwegian pilots in the cockpits, and King Harald was there to mark the occasion. So were a cast of other top officials who made speeches and hailed […]

War of wills flares over SSB’s future

A remarkable power struggle broke out Friday over the leadership of state statistics bureau SSB, which has descended into chaos because of a looming reorganization. The struggle has pitted the leader of SSB, Christine Meyer, against Finance Minister Siv Jensen, who has ultimate responsibility over the state agency. Meyer seemed destined to lose. The conflict […]

Most young Afghan refugees run away

As Norwegian politicians continue to negotiate over forced returns of young rejected refugees, new figures show that most of them disappear before deportations are carried out. Running away from the asylum centers where they’ve only been allowed to live temporarily indicates how desperate they are to avoid being sent back to dangerous homelands. Newspaper Dagsavisen […]

SSB boss resigns after bureau battles

The embattled boss of Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB, Christine Meyer, has called it quits after being called on the carpet this week by  Finance Minister Siv Jensen. Meyer reportedly felt she lacked support from the ministry over a proposed reorganization at SSB that’s set off a storm of protests. SSB’s several hundred employees have […]

Listhaug: ‘Don’t halt Afghan returns’

UPDATED: Norway’s Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug warned the Norwegian Parliament in the strongest of terms on Wednesday against halting returns of refugees from Afghanistan who fail to qualify for asylum. The deportations of Afghans are controversial, especially when they involve young refugees as soon as they turn Norway’s legal age of 18, but Listhaug warned […]

Oslo uses flowers against terrorists

City work crews in Oslo were busy during the night, setting up more heavy flower- and planter boxes along the main boulevard running through the heart of town. The goal is to prevent any terrorists from trying to drive down Karl Johans gate, most of which already is set aside for pedestrians only. The planter […]