Hopes high for finding metorites

There’s no lack of interest in hunting for the remains of a meteor that crashed down in the forests of Finnemarka in Lier, west of Oslo last weekend. At least one hobby astronomer, though, doesn’t think there’s much hope of finding any. “They’re driven by enthusiasm which makes them avoid the facts,” Bjørn Sørheim told state […]

Court clears the way for Mustafa to stay

Mustafa Hasan, who has spent most of his life in Norway, won a new chance on Thursday to finally be allowed to remain permanently. The Oslo County Court ruled against the state immigration commission UNE, claiming it had not properly evaluated Hasan’s longstanding ties to Norway, nor the demanding situation he’d face if he were to […]

Latest Corona-related news in brief:

INFECTION LEVELS CONTINUED TO RISE in Norway this week, despite a new survey by news bureau Bloomberg that ranks the country best in the world at handling the Corona pandemic. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was pleased, but warned that rankings can quickly change and Norway itself now has “unfortunately rising infection numbers” that confirm how […]

Norway withholds funds for Hungary

Norway and its two partners in the European Economic Area (EEA), Iceland and Liechtenstein, have been unable to agree with the Hungarian government on how their financial aid to Hungary’s civil society should be administered. They’re thus blocking access to all their potential funding, amounting to around NOK 2.3 billion for the period from 2014 […]

Memorials prod a new consensus

After 10 years of suppressing difficult debate, Norwegian officials are finally acknowledging the political aspects of a home-grown white supremacist’s terrorist attacks on July 22, 2011. Both the current and former prime ministers along with several others, including Crown Prince Haakon and the bishop of Oslo, made it clear at memorial ceremonies on Thursday that […]

Police bust alleged right-wing radicals

Police have seized dozens of weapons and arrested three men from various places around Norway in a case tied to a right-wing radical milieu. Police intelligence agency PST confirmed it was following the case closely but wouldn’t comment further. The arrests come just as Norway is marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack in […]

Online activity lands terror suspect in jail

A 25-year-old Norwegian who’d encouraged terrorist acts online has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by the Oslo County Court. It’s the first time such online activity has resulted in a conviction, and the man’s defense attorney immediately appealed, also over the length of his sentence. The defendant had been indicted for three attempts […]

Bells tolled for terror victims

UPDATED: Norway was in the midst of a long and full day of speeches, ceremonies and bells tolling nationwide on Thursday, as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the July 22 attacks in 2011. It began with traditional memorials at and near the sites of the attacks, and was to end with a nationally […]

What happened in Oslo 10 years ago

Norway was shocked into recognizing its own vulnerability to a terrorist attack on the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2011. Here’s the chain of events behind Thursday’s memorials to victims, 10 years after a young Norwegian right-wing extremist angry with the Labour Party-led government detonated a powerful home-made bomb just outside the high-rise Office of […]

Police investigate racist vandalism

Police in Oslo are investigating the racist vandalism on Tuesday of a monument to young Benjamin Hermansen, a Norwegian-Ghanaian teenager who was chased down and stabbed to death by neo-Nazis 20 years ago. The vandalism is viewed as a hate crime, and police are taking it seriously on the eve of 10th anniversary memorials to […]