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 […]

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 […]