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Norway downplays its oil and gas wealth as ‘war profits’ roll in

NEWS ANALYSIS: Lots of economic warnings were being issued in Norway this week, both before and after the country's central bank announced a half-point rise in interest rates to hinder more inflation. Downplaying the country's wealth, now fueled by...

Central bank tries to rein in Norway’s still-booming economy

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway's new central bank chief could finally end weeks of rampant speculation, not over whether interest rates would rise, but by how much. Ida Wolden Bache and the bank's monetary policy committee opted to double the size of...

Viking ships survived budget cuts

Norway's controversial government minister in charge of higher education and research wanted to slash the budget for the new museum planned to house the country's precious Viking ships. Experts feared the cuts proposed by Ola Borten Moe of the...

Airline strike chaos nears climax

Frustrated airline passengers have had to deal with strikes, delays, airport chaos in Europe and now flight cancellations in Norway this week. Striking aircraft technicians in Norway may be ordered back to work this weekend, though, and many are...

Svalbard’s foreign residents lose their voting rights

Foreign citizens living and working in Svalbard who have no legal residence permission in mainland Norway have suddenly lost their rights to vote in local elections and be elected to the local governing council. The Norwegian government decided on...

Memorial to terror victims finally opens

Eleven years after 77 people were killed by a young Norwegian right-wing extremist, a national memorial site to remember and honour the victims has formally opened near the scene of the  worst violence. It's been a painful process, but...

Posh party for the princess

The pandemic postponed Princess Ingrid Alexandra's 18th birthday last January, an important event in Norway's constitutional monarchy, so Norway's first future reigning queen is being celebrated now instead. Around 200 guests were invited Friday evening to the Royal Palace,...

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Refugees face poor conditions

The numbers of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Norway declined during the Easter holidays, allowing police to catch up on refugee registration and shorten long...

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