Grande confronts own sex rumours

Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande has felt a need to confront “rumours of a sexual character,” just as she was about to be named as a minister in Norway’s new conservative government coalition. “I’m no abuser,” Grande told newspaper Aftenposten. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was due to unveil her new government ministerial lineup Wednesday […]

Sex scandals hit government parties

Norway’s government coalition was shaken Friday by sex scandals in both its Progress and Conservative parties, just as it appeared poised to expand with the addition of the Liberal Party. Evidence that the deputy leader of Progress’ parliamentary delegation had proposed group sex with both a female party member and a 15-year-old boy led to […]

‘MeToo’ claims yet another politician

Colleagues in Norway’s Conservative Party said they were surprised by the resignation this week of Kristian Tonning Riise as leader of the party’s youth organization Unge Høyre. Riise, who will continue as an elected Member of Parliament, called the international “MeToo” campaign against sexual harassment a “wake-up call,” and felt he hadn’t set a good example […]

More politicians in trouble over sex

UPDATED: A high-ranking Member of Parliament for the Progress Party withdrew from all his positions on Wednesday, five years after he sent hard-core pornographic photos to young male party members in his home community in Østfold. A former local politician for the Christian Democrats in Hordaland, meanwhile, pleaded guilty this week to having sex with […]

Labour’s leaders let women down

UPDATED: The leader of Norway’s Labour Party said on Monday that both he and his predecessors, who include the current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, could have done more to combat sexual harassment within the party. He admitted that no one checked out rumours that flew for years around the party’s now-disgraced deputy leader Trond […]

More parties face harassment claims

The international “MeToo” campaign, which has emboldened women to speak out against the sexual harassment they’ve experienced and prompted the media to write about it, has claimed its first high-ranking political victim in Norway. There may be more, given reports of harassment claims filed within most of the country’s political parties. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that […]

Giske resigns top posts in Labour

Trond Giske, one of the most powerful men in Norwegian politics, announced Sunday night that he would not be returning to his position as deputy leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. Giske, who’s been charged with sexually harassing women, also offered to resign as leader of Labour’s finance policy. Giske’s announcement, made via social media, […]

King blasts bullying in annual address

King Harald V has spoken out against bullying on several occasions, and used his annual New Year’s Eve address to blast it once again. He called on his fellow Norwegians to turn their country into a bullying-free zone. “Think what it could mean if we just decided that in Norway, we don’t bully one another,” […]

Labour’s leader now put to a new test

“For (Labour Party leader) Jonas Gahr Støre, this is worse than losing the election,” wrote one of Norway’s leading political commentators, Kjetil B Alstadheim, in newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) on Thursday. He was referring to an allegedly “poisonous culture” within the party that’s now led to a loss of confidence in top party administrators. The […]

Sportscaster quits under a cloud

Davy Wathne, one of Norway’s most well-known TV personalities, claims he decided himself to resign from his longtime role as sportscaster for the national commercial channel TV2. His resignation comes after a string of complaints over his behaviour and accusations of harassment. “It has to do with my form, my style and my jargon,” Wathne, […]