Government shuns stricter virus rules

Norway’s new government still doesn’t want to reimpose any invasive measures to crack down on new record Covid-19 infection levels in the country. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is opting instead to rely heavily on vaccines, some new testing, isolation and entry rules, a few national recommendations and efforts to speed up booster shot programs. […]

Population rises in most all counties

New population figures from Norway’s state statistics bureau (SSB, Statistics Norway) show growth in all counties except the country’s two northernmost, Nordland and Troms og Finnmark. Their population numbers registered a decline of around 800 people. Norway’s total population has grown by around 900,000 people in the past 20 years, but Northern Norway’s by just […]

Budget battle ends well for leftist SV

Norway’s  Labour-Center government coalition was finally able late Monday to secure a majority in Parliament for next year’s state budget. After lengthy negotiations with the Socialist Left Party (SV), the pro-oil Labour and Center parties  even agreed to cancel Norway’s next round of offshore oil field licensing, in a major concession to SV and climate […]

Støre has struggled in efforts to lead

NEWS ANALYSIS: Just six weeks into his role as Norway’s prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre has struggled to lead the country, his government and even his own Labour Party. He landed a state budget deal on Monday, but criticism has been flying literally from left to right and even traditional supporters of Labour think it’s […]

Latest Corona-related news in brief:

OSLO MAYOR RAYMOND JOHANSEN URGED local residents on Monday to go to Christmas parties and “don’t cancel” other social plans, even as the World Health Organization (WHO) was describing the newly dubbed Omikron strain of the Corona virus as posting anew and “very high” global risk. Neither Johansen, who represents the Labour Party, nor Norway’s […]

Some missing underwater cable found

Portions of missing underwater cables used to power a marine observatory and research program off the coast of Northern Norway have been found, but around a kilometer still has not been recovered. The cables appeared to have been cut, leaving the screens monitored by marine researchers black. A search for the missing cables has gone […]

NRK’s Emmy set off more debate

Loved abroad but criticized at home in Norway, state broadcaster NRK’s TV series Atlantic Crossing’s international Emmy award last week has been ridiculed just like the series was. Norwegian critics and historians blasted it for falsifying history and exaggerating the late Crown Princess Martha’s influence over US President Franklin D Roosevelt. “We should congratulate NRK and the […]

Orphan brought to Norway from Syria

Norway’s chapter of Save the Children (Redd Barna) hopes the repatriation last week of an orphan from a refugee camp in Syria to Norway signals the start of more children of Norwegian IS warriors and their mothers being rescued as well.  “For us it’s completely unacceptable that Norwegian authorities are letting Norwegian children languish in […]

Norwegians marked their ‘day of shame’

Calls are rising in Norway to turn November 26 into a national remembrance day, or even an official “day of shame,” to mark the mass arrests and deportations of most of Norway’s Jewish population on that day in 1942. Various memorials were held last week, meanwhile, and heading into the weekend. “The Norwegian assault on […]

Campaign brewing for new Olympics

Norwegian sports bureaucrats, some top politicians and skier Therese Johaug are among those talking about the possibility of arranging another Winter Olympics in Norway, perhaps as early as 2030. Oslo’s bid to host what the Norwegians simply call an “OL” in 2022 met massive resistance, though, and enthusiasm for a new bid remains low. The […]