China’s envoy talks tough on trade war

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway, was traveling around the southern portion of the country this week when he spoke warmly about trade between China and Norway but launched a tirade against the US. If US President Donald Trump wants a trade war, the envoy said, he’ll get it, “and China will fight to the […]

Solberg blasts Trump’s trade war

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hurled unusual criticism on Friday at the country she normally calls “our biggest ally,” the US, while speaking before 700 members of the Conservative Party she leads. She’s not at all happy with the trade war US President Donald Trump has launched against China and a growing list of other […]

‘No hiding’ from Trump’s trade war

Norwegian analysts and industrial players are among those claiming that US President Donald Trump’s trade war with China can have grave consequences for Norway’s economy as well. The country’s national industrial organization Norsk Industri warns that it also poses a major test of Norway’s own trade agreement with the European Union (EU). “This is no […]

Norway caught in Trump’s trade war

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide disclosed on Friday that the US Trump Administration has not exempted Norway from its harsh new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The Norwegian government, which earlier had criticized the US’ threatened protectionism, called US President Donald Trump’s new trade barriers “serious and worrisome.” “American authorities informed us late last night […]

Norway waits out Trump’s trade war

While the EU loads its canons for a threatened trade war with the US’ Trump Administration, Norway’s foreign minister has decided to “sit still in the boat,” as Norwegians are fond of saying. Norway has no immediate plans to strike back, but reserves the right to do so if it deems necessary. “Norway hasn’t prepared […]

Norwegians back their deal with EU

Norwegians still don’t want to join the European Union (EU), but there’s little if any desire among them to scrap the trade deal they have that gives Norway full access to the EU’s inner market. Any hopes for a “Norwegian Brexit” seem dashed, according to the results of a new survey released this week. Only […]

New Brexit anxiety as talks resumed

UPDATED: Speculation was running high this week over a third round of Brexit talks that got underway amidst concerns of a reported deadlock. Norwegian officials are following the process of Britain’s pending exit from the EU as closely as possible, not least because of what it will mean for Norway’s own relations with both the EU and […]

Free trade talks resume with China

Negotiations finally started up again last week on a free trade agreement between Norway and China, but Norwegian salmon exporters are getting impatient. As of last week, there’d been little if any progress on getting China to open up its market. “We had expected that trade would be normalized during the summer,” Sigmund Bjørgo, chief […]

Norway earmarks more aid to Portugal

Portugal’s outgoing ambassador to Norway is getting a nice going-away gift after her four years in Oslo. The two countries signed a new agreement this week regarding the use of NOK 900 million (EUR 96 million) worth of grants that Norway finances in order to have access to the EU’s inner market. Norway’s foreign ministry announced […]

Poll shows unrest over EU trade deal

Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of Norway’s trade deal with the European Union (EU), called the EØS avtalen, but there was no big celebration. Instead, a new poll shows that nearly half the Norwegian population wants to put the deal up for a vote, and possibly alter or scrap it. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported on Tuesday that […]