Oil Fund ‘sell-off’ sends mixed signals

NEWS ANALYSIS: Political intrigue fueled the Norwegian government’s decision just before the weekend to sell off stock in companies devoted to oil exploration and production. The decision grabbed lots of attention it may not have deserved, and sends mixed signals about how top Norwegian politicians evaluate the risks of being as involved in the oil […]

Immigration falls, population stalls

Norway took in the lowest number of immigrants in 12 years last year, as population growth fell as well. The country had a total of 5,328,000 residents as of January 1, according to new numbers from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). SSB reported that Norway’s population rose by just 32,000 people in 2018. That’s […]

Politicians defy opposition to oil

NEWS ANALYSIS: Public debate over Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry is gushing, just as production, profits and the government’s granting of new exploration licenses are also reaching new heights. Top government officials and even leaders of the biggest opposition parties in Parliament, however, aren’t fully responding to ever-rising concern over climate change, and even ignoring […]

Brexit uncertainty keeps on growing

Norwegian students are the latest group to be warned about the consequences of Brexit.  While businesses and British expats in Norway have been worrying for months, a government minister is flat out advising Norwegian students against beginning any foreign exchange- or other study programs in the UK this fall. “There’s so much uncertainty because of […]

Sonja Henie back in the spotlight

She ranked as among the most internationally famous Norwegians, but wasn’t very popular at home. A new film about ice skating star Sonja Henie hasn’t been very popular with the public either, but it was chosen to make its international premiere  at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this weekend. Its selection for a showing […]

Immigration can limit social mobility

The numbers of unemployed immigrants and refugees have fallen sharply over the past three years in the Oslo area, and around the country as well. That’s good news for integration advocates, but another new study shows that immigration from low-income countries has also led to less work for Norwegians in lower social classes, hindering social […]

Kidnapping shocks ‘naive’ Norwegians

“Norwegians are naive when it comes to their own security,” claimed a former police investigator to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), after the kidnapping of a wealthy Norwegian’s wife was finally made public this week. Security consultant Johnny Brenna said he’s only surprised that such kidnappings haven’t occurred earlier, while others including potential targets don’t want […]

Conflicts fly behind ‘Green Capital’ year

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oslo’s political leaders were basking in the spotlight on Friday, ready to officially kick off the city’s year of being hailed as Europe’s “Green Capital” in 2019. Muttering in the background are critics who claim it’s all just a big show that’s costing residents and taxpayers dearly. The critics are not limited to […]

Brilliant colours for the holiday season

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians celebrated the winter solstice nearly as much as the arrival of the Christmas and New Year holidays. As the days get longer again, the sunsets can be spectacular, offering an opportunity for quiet reflection as julefreden (Christmas peace) settled over the country. Fall and winter are still referred to as mørketiden (the […]

Electric ‘city cars’ getting ready to roll

Scores of identical small electric cars have been neatly parked for the past week or so on property owned by state railway NSB in Oslo. They’re ready to be shared among Oslo residents who’ll soon be able to borrow them when needed, as NSB breaks into a new market that can compete with taxis and discourage […]