Norway wishes Biden the best

King Harald V was quick to send a congratulatory message to the new US President Joe Biden, while Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran non-stop direct coverage of Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Biden has won a warm welcome in Norway, where public interest in the recent US turbulence has been enormous. Most were still breathing sighs of […]

Oslo maintains its ‘social shutdown’

Oslo’s city government leaders from the Labour Party admitted on Wednesday that it’s not easy to keep up with all the ever-changing national and local rules aimed at preventing the spread of the Corona virus. Their main message, however, was that the “social shutdown” first imposed in the capital late last year will continue. “We […]

Latest Corona-related news in brief:

NORWAY’S PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE FHI confirms an overall decline nationwide in the numbers of people being infected by the Corona virus. FHI linked the decline to the stricter anti-infection measures imposed by the government during the first two weeks of 2021. The latest weekly report from FHI (Folkehelseinstituttet) shows a 36 percent decline in the […]

Bad weather halted search for slide victims

Fog and snow halted efforts this week to resume the search for the bodies of three people missing since a massive land slide destroyed several homes in Gjerdrum just before New Year. Local Mayor Anders Østensen said the slide area remains “an open sore” for the small community where hundreds remain homeless. Search crews guided […]

Norway reacts to Russian’s arrest

The Norwegian government joined many others in Europe and around the world in criticizing the Russian government’s arrest of returning opposition leader Alexei Navalny over the weekend. Navalny, widely believed to have been poisoned in August by Russia’s Federal Security Service, was taken into custody immediately after he bravely returned to Russia after months of […]

Government gives up its ban on drinks

Pressure from opposition parties in Parliament all but forced Norway’s Conservatives-led government coalition to drop its nationwide ban on serving alcoholic drinks from Friday. Now local officials will be able to decide for themselves if restaurants can, for example, offer wine with dinner. Health Minister Bent Høie of the Conservatives confirmed Tuesday evening that the […]

Small community hit by hackers

Officials and residents of Østre-Toten, a rural area south of Gjøvik, are struggling with what’s now been ranked as the largest and most serious hacker attack ever on a Norwegian municipality. The Friday night attack last weekend has paralyzed computer systems, raised concerns that personal information about local residents has gone astray and forced a […]

Erna retains tough anti-infection rules

Still shaken by the post-holiday spike in Covid-19 infection in Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg is extending most of the “social shutdown” rules her government imposed right after New Year. There will be some easing of visitation rules at home, but Solberg still sees a pressing need for strict regulations to keep infection from spreading. […]

Five confirmed dead in hytte fire

UPDATED: Yet another tragedy hit Norway over the weekend, when fire swept through a hytte (holiday home) at Andøy, Northern Norway, in the middle of the night. Four of the five victims of the blaze were under the age of 16. The cause of the fire, which burned the hytte to the ground, was under […]

King quietly marks 30 years on throne

It’s been 30 years since King Harald V became Norway’s monarch after his father, the popular King Olav, suffered a fatal heart attack while watching the Gulf War break out live on TV. Now the world is in the midst of a war against a virus, halting public celebrations of Harald’s reign, so he and […]