Corona truce over, budget battle begins

Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner presented his first state budget on behalf of the government on Wednesday, claiming it was aimed at bringing Norway out of the Corona virus crisis. Opposition parties led off by Labour briefly acknowledged how they’ve cooperated on doing just that, before attacking the proposed budget for allegedly increasing social differences […]

Drama clouds the political landscape

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian politics turned dramatic this month, after a left-wing Labour Party veteran from a troubled area of Oslo defected to the Center Party, sparking fury among former colleagues. An attorney best known for defending a mass-murderer had also just resigned from Labour to start a new party with disgruntled members of the Christian Democrats, […]

Historic home finally gets some help

The elaborate and historic home of Norway’s famed violinist Ole Bull has been suffering from a lack of serious maintenance for years. Finally, after desperate pleas for renovation from contemporary violinist Arve Tellefsen among others, the government has come up with some funding to keep Bull’s villa from literally falling apart. “Ole Bull is one […]

More Corona aid for a ‘fragile’ economy

NEWS ANALYSIS: Government ministers handed out more packages of Corona crisis aid this week, in an effort to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs. The need for all the emergency funding and financial support shows just how fragile the Norwegian economy has become.  Rising Corona infection rates lately have put a new chill on Norway’s traditionally […]

Oslo on hold for carbon capture

They’re billing it as “the biggest climate project in Norwegian industry ever,” but the government’s long-awaited carbon capture, transport and storage plan could have been even bigger. Carbon emissions may now only be captured at the Norcem cement plant near Porsgrunn, meaning carbon capture at the Fortum recycling plant in Oslo will have to wait for […]

Women light a fire under men’s club

One of the last old-fashioned “gentlemen’s clubs” in Norway came under more pressure to join the 21st century on Monday. After years of debate around the all-male Norske Selskab’s refusal to admit women, nearly 30 female opponents of the ban published harsh criticism in leading business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), and within hours another frustrated leader […]

‘Guest’ died after Hurtigruten cruise

Albert and Gaby Facq were among at least four passengers who fell seriously ill with the Corona virus after more than a week of cruising off Britain in March, on Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten’s new expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. The ship’s doctor did not diagnose Albert’s symptoms as Corona-related, however, and Hurtigruten continued to claim as […]

Government gains public’s confidence

NEWS ANALYSIS: She was grilled this week during Norway’s first formal debate among political party leaders in months, but Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her conservative coalition government have already won strong public confidence during the Corona crisis. A new public opinion poll shows that even voters for opposition parties think Solberg and her colleagues […]

Hurtigruten scandal ‘unforgiveable’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s famed but now shamed shipping- and cruiseline Hurtigruten announced the suspension of its leader of maritime operations on Friday. It’s the first high-ranking consequence of a Corona virus scandal at Hurtigruten that’s potentially damaging for the entire tourism industry, while also shaking public confidence in a company long viewed as part of […]

Norwegians losing confidence in USA

Increasing numbers of Norwegians want to cooperate less with the United States of America and more with Europe, according to a new survey conducted by the Oslo-based foreign policy institute NUPI. The survey results indicate that Norwegians’ opinions of the US are changing after four years of Donald Trump in the White House. Researcher Øyvind […]