Avalanche danger high as new storm rolls in

Norwegians traveling around Southern Norway during this holiday week were being warned not only of ongoing avalanche danger in the mountains but dangerous combinations of rain and snow on roads as well. Up to 20 centimeters of snow was expected to fall on Østlandet (the southeast) during the course of Thursday. Avalanche warnings were posted […]

Politicians shamed into closing garage

Unpopular politicians at Oslo’s City Hall have been removing or taxing street parking while having access to free parking themselves at City Hall’s own garage. After a rash of public protests, City Council members from the Labour, Greens and Socialist Left parties now say they intend to start imposing parking fees on themselves and may […]

20,000 free parking spots to disappear

The City of Oslo started removing more free street parking on Monday. City officials are targeting the affluent west side district of Frogner first, with thousands more spots on the chopping block next year. All registered car owners in Oslo’s Frogner district received letters from the city less than two weeks ago, informing them that […]

Warnings up for both floods, snow

Winter is coming: A sudden plunge in temperatures accompanied by strong winds and precipitation surprised both residents and motorists in Southern Norway during the night, just as areas of Agder and Telemark counties were bracing for more heavy rain. Flood warnings were up again, as were those for possible road closures. Floodwaters receded in the […]

Sørlandet hit by more flooding

UPDATED: Heavy rain in Southern Norway sparked more flooding that forced closure of the E18 highway from Arendal in Aust-Agder all the way to Kragerø in Telemark on Sunday. Five county roads were also closed, but most were reopening on Monday. There was so much water on the road around Lundevatnet that driving was hazardous. […]

‘Car Wars III,’ as Oslo strikes back

City politicians in Oslo launched their latest strike against motorists this week, part of their battle on three fronts to discourage driving. Commuters into the Norwegian capital got an expensive taste of what it now costs them to drive into Oslo during the morning and evening rush hours, with much higher tolls aimed at prodding […]

Flooding inundated Southern Norway

Homes have been evacuated, roads closed, boats swamped in marinas and cars washed away. Norway’s southern counties of East- and West Agder were among the hardest hit by rain so heavy during the weekend that it set off major flooding, especially around Kristiansand. “We’re worried about people’s lives, infrastructure and material values,” said state meteorologist […]

Authorities crack down on seatbelt avoidance

Bus passengers in Norway are being advised to buckle their seatbelts, especially this week when state authorities have warned they’ll be launching nationwide controls. Those found without buckled seatbelts can be hit with a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 192). Thousands have already experienced surprise inspections, like those on board a Nordfjordekspressen bus in Sogn og Fjordane […]

E18 highway expansion finally approved

Norway’s Conservatives-led government has cleared the way for long-awaited expansion of the busy E18 highway west of Oslo. After years of negotiations between neighboring Oslo and Bærum, the state removed the last obstacle that involves rezoning of land adjacent to the highway from Lysaker on the Oslo-Bærum border to Ramstadsletta in Bærum. While the City […]

Police nab cheaters in the bus lane

Police in Oslo and Bærum have started cracking down on motorists who use the right-hand lanes of main thoroughfares that are reserved for buses, taxis and electric cars with more than one occupant. Police caught around 30 cheaters in less than an hour on the E18 highway at Sandvika. One man was actually caught with […]