Changes ahead for NewsInEnglish.no

This is a “Letter from the Editor” of sorts, addressed especially to readers who’ve followed NewsInEnglish.no since its launch in 2009. I’d like to thank you for your interest in views and news from Norway, and mention that the emphasis will be now be on the former rather than the latter. The media world has […]

Experts want to move the ice edge

As Norway continues to allow more oil drilling in the Arctic to find new sources of both oil and gas, researchers want to expand the so-called “ice edge zone” that aims to protect sensitive Arctic areas. They want maximum inclusion of the areas where ice forms during the course of a year. The current ice […]

‘Norway can’t afford Nobel Peace Prize’

That’s the ironic headline Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, jokes about seeing after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) revealed financial problems at the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm and the Nobel Institute in Oslo. Andersen’s biggest problem, though, is that the Norwegian Parliament seems unwilling to offer any help, even though Alfred Nobel himself put […]

Two centuries of flag-waving

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been 200 years since Norway got the red, white and blue flag that Norwegians need few excuses to fly. On Constitution Day on the 17th of May the flag is everywhere, but throughout its history Norway’s flag has also been a source of controversy. The photo above was taken while driving by […]

Objections explode over US presence

A steady rise in the presence of US troops and military equipment on Norwegian soil looks set to reach a new high, setting off a torrent of objections and angry commentary in both local and national media. Critics claim the Norwegian government, by offering the Americans unprecedented access and liberties, is violating its own base policy […]

Airlines fly into an uncertain market

Norwegian Air has managed to attract new core investors willing to put up around NOK 6 billion in fresh capital, all aimed at finally clearing the long-struggling airline for a new take-off. Several other rival airlines are also keen to start spreading their wings, even though studies show that many Norwegians are likely to travel […]

‘Atlantic Crossing’ crosses the Atlantic

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has confirmed that its dramatization of Crown Princess Martha’s role during World War II is “mostly fiction.” The NRK series Atlantic Crossing is now being aired on PBS’ venerable Masterpiece Theater in the US, where hundreds of thousands of Norwegian-Americans may not be aware that it’s far from being factually correct. When […]

‘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 […]