‘Exit’ chauvinists set new TV record

UPDATED: They’re back for a second season: Four of the most egotistical, money-hungry, power-grabbing and glaringly cocky men that Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) could dream up for its hit TV series called Exit. Now they’ve also managed to draw NRK’s biggest streaming audience ever, with 1.16 million Norwegians watching just the first episode when it became […]

Norway’s glory days may be numbered

The Corona crisis of the past year may at the very least serve as somewhat of an equalizing factor worldwide. For Norway, it’s meant a sharp economic decline after years of oil-fueled growth that may leave it with many of the same challenges faced by most all other countries. Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics […]

Norway over-reliant on foreign workers

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s over-reliance on relatively low-paid foreign workers in a variety of industries, not least fishing, has become glaringly apparent during the Corona crisis. It has also contributed to the demise of the working class in Norway, and may explain why the Labour Party has been losing voters for years. Problems first started literally […]

Norway confronted by own Holocaust

NEWS ANALYSIS: Four recent books and a new film have brought Norwegians face-to-face with one of the darkest chapters in their own history: contributing to the Holocaust. New attention on Norwegian complicity in the arrests and deportation of Norwegian Jews during World War II has implicated wartime resistance heroes and set off massive public debate. […]

Citizenship delays frustrate applicants

Permanent foreign residents now eligible for dual citizenship in Norway have become surprised, frustrated and even angry over how difficult and time-consuming the process has turned out to be. Lengthy delays at the state police unit dealing with immigration issues are also dashing applicants’ hopes of being able to vote for the first time in next […]

Rules tighten for entering Norway

Norway is tightening border control but also loosening the rules for the country’s controversial “quarantine hotels.” Travelers from abroad won’t have to spend their first 10 days in one of the hotels if they can document that they’re able to stay in at least the equivalent of a residential unit with its own kitchen and […]

Norwegian island grabs US attention

A small Norwegian island and its characteristic lighthouse have featured prominently in a large US insurance company’s advertising campaign this fall. The buzz around the ad, though, seems more fixated on where the picturesque island is, rather than its promotion of lower insurance rates. The company, Allstate Insurance, doesn’t identify the island that’s instantly recognizable to […]

New arrivals sent to ‘Hotel Quarantine’

Scores of people arriving from abroad at Norway’s gateway airport OSL are suddenly subject to a surprise landing. If they’re not registered as residents of Norway, or own property in the country, the vast majority have been taken directly from the airport to a nearby hotel where they have to stay in quarantine for the […]

Old firing range returned to the wild

A huge portion of Norway’s scenic and iconic Dovre Mountain plateau has been returned to its natural state, more than 20 years after the Norwegian Parliament decided to shut down a military firing range at the site. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts still aren’t entirely welcome though, out of consideration to the wild reindeer also returning […]

Exploring the new and old Drammen

Tell your Norwegian friends you’re going on a mini-holiday in Drammen during these Corona times of restricted travel, and they’ll most likely roll their eyes. Also likely: They don’t know what they’re missing, because Drammen is a place off Norway’s tourism radar and where out-of towners seldom think to stop and stay. Drammen used to […]