Norway set to ban disposable plastic

This may be the last summer that Norwegians can buy disposable plastic items like spoons, forks, knives and cups for picnics or camping trips. Climate and Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen proposes a ban on sales that may take effect next year, ahead of an EU ban in 2021. “I want to ban sales of these […]

SAS and its pilots finally end strike

It was likely to take a few days before Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) would be flying on schedule again, but some flights were at least due to start taking off on Friday. SAS pilots ended their strike late Thursday night after finally accepting a new three-year deal. Their reported demand for a 13 percent pay raise […]

SAS cancels another 429 flights

After nearly 12 hours of mediation on the May 1st Labour Day holiday on Wednesday, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and its striking pilots still hadn’t come to terms. The airline thus cancelled 429 more flights on Thursday, ruining travel plans for another 54,000 passengers. SAS had already cancelled 280 morning flights on Thursday but had hoped […]

SAS in ‘crisis,’ its travellers in despair

“We are travellers,” has Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) declared in its recent promotional campaigns. SAS’ employees and not least its passengers were instead facing more spoiled travel plans and financial losses as a pilots’ strike dragged into its fifth day, for many the eve of what was supposed to be another long holiday weekend. With both […]

Arctic oil protesters mount drilling rig

Climate activists opposed to Norway’s ongoing oil and gas exploration in the Arctic paddled out once again to a drilling rig moored off Hammerfest on Monday, and climbed up on it to let their protests be known. They demanded that Norway “take its share of responsibility for climate change,” and stop drilling for more oil […]

Farmers demand more subisidies

Norway’s powerful farm lobby presented record-high subsidy demands of NOK 1.92 billion on Monday. They’re encouraged that they’ll be dealing with a new agriculture minister from the Christian Democrats party this year, who’s viewed as much more farmer-friendly than her recent predecessors from the Progress Party. Agriculture Minister Olaug Bollestad, who also serves as a […]

Gasoline prices hit new highs

Oil prices have been rising again lately and gasoline (petrol) prices at the pump have shot up as well. The Circle K stations sold off by Norway’s state oil company when it was still called Statoil set a new record this week, with a pump price of NOK 17.30 per liter. That amounts to well […]

Border trade sets another record

Never before have the shopping centers in the Swedish border towns of Nordby, Charlottenberg and Töcksfors generated more revenue than over the recent long Easter holidays in Norway. With more holidays looming in May, Swedish merchants can look forward to more boom times ahead. “We had a fantastic week last week and set a record […]

SAS pilots’ strike strands thousands

UPDATED: Around 60,000 passengers of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) were grounded along with their flights on Friday, after mediation with SAS’ Swedish, Danish and Norwegian pilots broke down during the night. Around 550 SAS flights were cancelled in Norway alone. The Swedish pilots were the first to call a strike at 2:25am, while their Danish and […]

Equinor slammed again in Australia

Norway’s state oil company Equinor is being accused of making a “sham” out of the public feedback process over its highly controversial oil drilling plans in the rough and deep seas off Australia’s southern coast. It only responded to 13 of around 32,000 public comments in its draft plan for the Great Australian Bight, and […]