Rural politicians marred fundraiser

Leaders of more than 30 small communities around Norway followed through in sabotaging the country’s annual fundraiser last weekend, when they refused to take part on behalf of their residents. They didn’t like how wildlife preservation organization WWF had been tapped to manage the money raised for this year’s good cause: ridding the seas of […]

Wizz Air defies a threatened boycott

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it’s opening a new base in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim, defying a expanding boycott against it. The airline is also doubling its planned number of domestic routes in Norway, before even getting off the ground. Wizz founder and CEO József Váradi conceded that his airline […]

Stalled UK trade deal stirs concern

Norway’s and the UK’s failure to strike a new post-Brexit free trade agreement by January 1 is unleashing new concerns, even with an interim transition deal in place. It also points up conflicts, within Norway’s own negotiating team, that once again have pitted Norway’s powerful farming lobby against its important fishing industry. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]

Latest Corona-related news in brief:

MORE THAN 250 PEOPLE WERE SENT INTO QUARANTINE in Norway’s inland city of Gjøvik on Thursday, after 16 residents tested positive to the Corona virus. The new outbreak has occurred among municipal employees, and they were asked to work from home. A local health care center was closed and officials were scrambling to track sources […]

Cash is going out of date, and use

It’s become increasingly difficult to pay with cash in Norway, with the Corona crisis helping tax authorities to discourage its use. Now more of it is also being phased out by the central bank, which otherwise insists that cash remains legal tender and should be accepted by all merchants. Norges Bank has reminded Norwegians that […]

Color Line lays off 400 more

The Norwegian cruise-ferry company Color Line has confirmed that it’s laying off another 400 workers on board its two vessels sailing between Oslo and Kiel in Germany. That brings the total number of laid-off Color Line employees to around 1,000. The Color Fantasy will be laid up from November 4 and until the Corona virus […]

‘Think Norwegian’ this Corona winter

Mornings have become dark, the days are noticeably much shorter and snow started falling even in Southern Norway on Tuesday. Winter is coming, and amid all the usual reports of accidents tied to the first snow comes some news: Norwegians’ centuries-long traditions for dealing with the dark and cold time of the year may make […]

Norwegian chef wins European gold

Christian André Pettersen secured a gold medal for Norway’s team of top chefs at the European Championships of the Bocuse d’Or competition in Tallinn. He led a team that served a Norwegian menu they were sure would go down well. It did, featuring delicacies like smoked quail, potato ravioli and crayfish sauce. There were 16 […]

New battles loom over defense plan

NEWS ANALYSIS: Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen still has to fend off more attacks on the government’s long-term defense plan, even after his second-try at winning support for it in Parliament. Opposition politicians and military officers think it’s still too weak, despite government claims that it will strengthen both local and national security. “The government is […]

Anti-wolf regions sabotage fundraiser

Around 20 rural communities around Norway were being branded as petty and divisive heading into the weekend, because of their announced plans to boycott the country’s major annual television fundraiser on Sunday. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the organization selected to receive funds raised to help rid the seas of plastics, but several rural politicians […]