Countries update Norway travel advice

Several countries including the US, UK, Australia and France sent out travel advice to citizens on Friday, urging them to be extra alert during their Norway visit. The advice followed Thursday’s announcement by Norwegian authorities of a heightened terror threat level in the coming days. Police have not given any specific advice for tourists, reported […]

On high alert into the weekend

Norway’s Police Directorate continued to increase its security capacity on Friday afternoon, saying it still did not know what kind of threat Norway faced and had to build up endurance going into the weekend. Foreign Minister Børge Brende said he would not be cancelling his plans in the face of the terror threat, and urged […]

Terror hoaxes on social media

Police intelligence unit PST urged Norwegians not to believe everything they read on social media, after sites were flooded with false information about terror targets. Rumours started making the rounds on the Internet and via SMS chain messages after authorities warned on Thursday that Norway could be targeted by terrorists in the coming days. Authorities still […]

Statoil on results, safety and sanctions

Statoil’s results for the second quarter of 2014 revealed adjusted earnings were lower than expected, but the net profit was better than anticipated. Chief Executive Helge Lund said the potential for more political and economic sanctions against Russia posed a challenged for Norway’s biggest company, and he also confirmed Statoil had taken steps to protect […]

PST: Terrorist group has left Syria

A group has left Syria with the aim of targeting Norway in a terror attack, the police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) revealed on Friday. Police are piecing together more information about what they’re calling a credible but unspecified terror threat expected against Norway in the coming days. Authorities announced on Thursday they had intelligence an […]

Muslims react while fingers point

UPDATED: Norwegian authorities believe a group with extreme Islamist links is behind the “non-specific but credible” terror threat against Norway, and it emerged on Friday that the period covered by the threat includes significant Muslim holy days such as the “Night of Power.” The head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) said vulnerable Norwegians should […]

Embassies warn citizens in Norway

Several embassies in Oslo have increased security and sent warnings to their citizens living in Norway, after authorities warned of a terror threat against Norway in the coming days. While embassies reacted, the stock market remained steady on Thursday. The embassies’ response was in line with other increased security measures throughout the country. The US […]

Fjordside tourist village evacuated

UPDATED: The village of Geiranger on the World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord was evacuated and searched on Thursday aftenoon, after the coast guard (Kystverket) increased its readiness level to two. The action followed a warning by national police and security authorities that they’d received credible information about a terrorist attack against Norway in the coming days. The […]

Rare openness wins rare praise

The Norwegian Justice Ministry, police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) and the Police Directorate were winning praise, also from opposition politicians, on Thursday for their communication and transparency surrounding a terror threat against Norway in the coming days. The authorities announced they’d received a credible threat to Norway’s safety and believed a group with links to extreme Islamists […]

Heightened security across Norway

UPDATED: Security measures were increased at key locations in Oslo, throughout airports and transport hubs, and along Norway’s borders on Thursday after authorities intercepted information about a “credible” terror threat against Norway in the coming days. Oslo police said the capital was particularly vulnerable. Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, Police Security Service PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) chief […]