Restaurant inspectors no longer smiling

Inspectors from Norway’s state food safety agency Mattilsynet had little to smile about after their most recent visits to 1,100 restaurants in the Oslo area. Six out of 10 restaurants failed to earn the smiley face insignia that symbolizes good hygiene. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Thursday that only 41 percent of the eating places inspected […]

Restaurant tycoon logs some profits

The restaurant business can be brutal in Norway, but a local tycoon in Oslo reported some better results last year. Now he’s embarking on more major projects. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that Bjørn Tore Furset, age 47, logged revenues of NOK 363 million (USD 43 million) in 2015, with profits before tax rising to NOK […]

Summer beer prices foam over

Even jaded Norwegians were shaking their heads over this year’s prices for a standard half-liter (pint) of beer at some of Oslo’s popular outdoor meeting places: NOK 137 (nearly USD 17). Only the weaker Norwegian krone can make that a bit easier to swallow. “Most people traveling to Norway are aware of the price levels,” Pia […]

Hotel strike over, workers jubilant

Norway’s lengthy and highly disruptive hotel strike ended during the night in what the unions were calling a victory. Hotels that have been closed by the strike were due to reopen at 3pm on Saturday. “This has been an important battle that gives us strength for the future,” Jørn Eggum, head of the trade union federation Fellesforbundet, said […]

Frustration rises over hotel strike

As Norway’s nationwide hotel strike drags on, frustration is running high not only among stranded travelers but also hotel owners unhappy with their own employers’ bargaining organization NHO Reiseliv. One has already checked out of the group, claiming it lacks willingness to negotiate with the unions, and a new attempt at mediation was set for early next week. “Something […]

Hotel strike heads into third week

There was still no settlement in sight as Norway’s nationwide hotel and restaurant strike headed into its third week and one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year. Trade union federation Fellesforbundet, on the contrary, announced plans to pull another 50 workers off the job at four new hotels and restaurants on the 17th of May, Norway’s […]

Norwegian chef heads for World Championships

Christopher W Davidsen got another taste of success when he won the silver medal in the European Championships this week and qualified to compete at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France next year. He’s the latest in a string of Norwegian chefs to achieve such international recognition. Chefs from 20 countries took part in […]

Conflicts spread with hotel strike

UPDATED: Tempers rose in line with the warm temperatures outdoors during the weekend, as the numbers of striking workers at Norwegian hotels expanded along with their accusations of alleged strike-busting. While tourism industry officials fretted over the strike’s effect on Norway’s reputation as a travel destination, other strikes also loom in the weeks ahead. The strike against hotels and […]

No bus strike but more hotels hit

Negotiators for unions representing bus drivers and the organization representing their employers managed to avert a major strike on Thursday, after eight hours of overtime talks. There’s still no sign of settlement in the nationwide strike by hotel and restaurant workers, though, and it’s set to spread even more next week. A bus strike would have […]

Hotel strike to spread again

UPDATED: Norway’s nationwide hotel strike entered its second week on Monday with nearly double the number of strikers out on the picket lines. As the strike spread over the weekend, and is set to spread again this coming weekend, it also won broad support among those out marching in Sunday’s May 1st Labour Day parades. Union […]