Russia and Norway break some ice

Russia’s veteran foreign minister, Sergej Lavrov, paid a courtesy call to Oslo Tuesday evening to meet with Norway’s new prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre. Lavrov also had a meeting Monday evening with new Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt, at a time when relations between Norway and Russia have been frosty at best. Norway’s new Labour […]

UDI admits to privacy violations

Norway’s immigration agency UDI is contacting five people who’ve sought residence permits in Norway and eight of its own employees, after documents containing personal information about all 13 of them were found in discarded office furniture. The lack of control over such sensitive information constitutes a violation of Norwegian privacy law, which UDI is acknowledging. […]

Electricity bills likely to keep rising

Last year’s historically low electricity bills in Norway are now estimated to rise by as much as NOK 10,000 (USD 1,200) this year. Politicians have agreed to boost social welfare payments to those hit the hardest. The government and a majority in Parliament ended up supporting a proposal last week from the Socialist Left party […]

New fighter jets costing even more

Norway’s long-debated new F35 fighter jets from the US are setting off another cost bomb for the new Norwegian government. The latest numbers from the defense ministry suggest they’ll now cost around NOK 90.2 billion, well over even an adjusted and expanded budget that itself was way above initial estimates. Most of the cost uncertainty […]

MUNCH opens after a long, bumpy ride

NEWS ANALYSIS: Thousands of Norwegians including royalty and top politicians were gathering in Oslo Friday night for the official opening of their new monument to the country’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. They were all being reminded, meanwhile, of the decades during which Munch’s legacy was neglected, when officials in charge fought over funding and […]

Step inside Oslo’s new ‘MUNCH’

PHOTO FEATURE: Overwhelming and long overdue, Oslo’s newest landmark to house the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is finally opening to the public this weekend. The huge collection of Munch’s own work that the city inherited in 1944 is finally getting the exhibit space it deserves. It took the City of Oslo nearly 80 years […]

Politicians promise electricity bill relief

Both the new Norwegian government and the opposition in Parliament claim they’re ready to help reduce suddenly sky-high electricity bills. As snow started falling over much of Norway this week, proposals include both energy tax cuts and direct financial support to those most in need. Some crisis measures may be approved as early as Thursday, […]

King crab grabs some regal prices

Norwegian king crab, once viewed as a problem in northern waters, is suddenly commanding record-high prices. A single crab can give a trapper more than a thousand kroner, while consumers have to pay much, much more. Fish counters in Oslo have recently been charging as much as NOK 1,300 per kilo or higher. King crab […]

Ambassador rebuked in Turkey

Norway’s Embassy in Turkey has been scolded and its ambassador among those called in for a rebuke by the Turkish government on Tuesday. His offense was the Norwegian Embassy’s participation in a demonstration, along with nine other embassies in Ankara, against Turkey’s imprisonment of government critic Osman Kavala. Ambassador Erling Skjønsberg and the nine others […]

Gambling sites may be blocked soon

One of the last things Norway’s outgoing government minister in charge of cultural and sports issues did was to launch an attack on international gambling companies. He sent out a new proposal for hearings that would block betting sites that lack Norwegian authorization, like those run by Unibet, Betsson and ComeOn. “These companies do what they […]