State may transfer 5,000 jobs to the counties

A commission set up by the state ministry in charge of local government administration and modernization has proposed shutting down three state agencies and transferring their functions and jobs to the county level. Agencies affected include Bufetat, in charge of children and family support, which currently has around 3,000 state employees. Also on the block […]

Progress Party finds a new Nobel man

Norway’s conservative Progress Party has found a new conservative candidate to fill the seat it’s been allotted on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Scholar Asle Toje, who’s currently research director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, is likely to be approved by the Parliament as a whole. “If the Parliament approves (the party’s) choice of me, I […]

Pigs suffering at Norwegian farms

Agricuture Minister Jon Georg Dale has called the pork industry and its representatives in on the proverbial carpet, after terrible conditions have been revealed at pig farms in southwestern Norway. Another case of poor animal welfare was reported just last week, the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for farmers who survive on public […]

Giske fights on, as does his partner

The embattled Norwegian Labour Party’s shamed star, Trond Giske, still isn’t giving up his fight against all the sexual harassment charges that have piled up against him. He’s now sent a letter contesting several of the charges, while his live-in partner, entertainer Haddy Njie, has written a letter of her own in which she blasts […]

NATO’s boss was ‘back home’ again

It was his older sister Camilla’s 60th birthday on Monday but NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg was formally back in Norway on an official visit. Family parties were set aside as the former Norwegian prime minister tackled issues ranging from defense funding to tensions with Russia and Turkey. He flatly refused to answer questions about the […]

Climate concerns prompt an appeal

Environmental organizations Greenpeace and Natur og Ungdom  aren’t accepting defeat in an Oslo city court, announcing on Monday that they will appeal for a halt to Arctic oil drilling directly to Norway’s highest court. They continue to claim that expanded oil activity in the Arctic violates Norwegian constitutional guarantees to protect nature and the environment […]

Accused Norwegian spy feels ‘misused’

“I feel terribly misused,” exclaimed Frode Berg, the retired Norwegian border inspector who was arrested in Moscow last month and charged with espionage. As he was ordered held in a Moscow jail for another three months on Friday, he once again had to fight back tears, while his lawyer won’t rule out that he’s been […]

British royals turn on the charm

Oslo was serving as the latest venue on Thursday for what’s widely been called a “charm offensive” by the British government in the midst of difficult Brexit negotiations. An overnight visit by arguably Britain’s most popular royal couple comes “at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” according to the British Royal Family’s own […]

Anti-smoking law may spread

Norway’s centrist Christian Democrats party wants to toughen and expand the country’s ban on smoking that’s been in effect for the past 15 years. They want to make it illegal to light up outdoors as well as indoors. “We want to also ban smoking in the (outdoor) places that non-smokers can’t avoid,” Olaug Bollestad, a […]

Parliament gets back to business

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of sexual harassment scandals that all but paralyzed parliamentary politics in Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s newly expanded government and the rest of Parliament were getting back to business this week. Solberg was already facing defeat on some of her coalition’s proposals, but even that may be easier to bear than […]