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Norwegians face even higher prices

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway's notoriously high prices at the grocery store rose yet again from February 1, and state officials have been busy scolding the country's biggest grocery chains and their suppliers. Many unhappy customers stocked up before prices increased further,...

Airline Flyr lands in bankruptcy

UPDATED: Flyr, the upstart Norwegian airline that took off when the pandemic eased, has been grounded. Its board of directors announced Tuesday evening that they had unanimously decided to file for bankruptcy in the Oslo County Court on Wednesday,...

PST boss ‘aware people are angry with us’

Norway's police intelligence agency PST has been bashed lately after it became known that it was tipped in mid-June about a potential terrorist attack in Scandinavia, but didn't pass it on to local police. Six days later a gunman...

Taxes add to electricity bill shocks

High electricity rates in December have resulted in huge new bills landing in Norwegians' mailboxes this month, made worse by the state's 25 percent tax on goods and services. Calls are going out for the government to remove the...

Latest war news round-up: Military tracks Russian ships

NOTE TO READERS: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year has had enormous consequences for the rest of Europe, also for Norway. The following rundown offers various reports about how Norway, which shares a border with Russia in the far...

Norway joins tank defense for Ukraine, as debate flies over tanks at home

The Norwegian government finally confirmed Wednesday evening that it would join NATO allies in sending some of its 36 Leopard 2A4 battle tanks to Ukraine, which has wanted them for months. The new military contribution to Ukraine's defense against...

Questions rise around Russian deserter

UPDATED: A Russian deserter who was picked up by Norwegian soldiers on patrol along Norway's border earlier this month is now facing lots of questions from police and security officials in Oslo. Skepticism has risen around his story of...

Economic chill may be melting already

NEWS ANALYSIS: There's been no end to the scare-stories in Norwegian media about what a cold and tough year lies ahead for the economy. The higher costs of everything from energy to food and loan payments have prompted economists...

More delays for troubled train line, and anger over widespread unreliability

UPDATED: The reopening of what was supposed to be a new high-speed commuter line in the Oslo area (Follobanen) has been delayed for the fourth time. Now Norway's most expensive transport project ever won't be operable until mid-February at...

Archaeologists rejoice over ‘new’ but oldest rune stone

It may look look like scribbles to the untrained eye, but the figures found etched on this piece of stone found in southern Norway thrilled archaeologists at the University of Oslo. A "new" rune stone had been uncovered, and...

Duty officer blamed for frigate fiasco

A 33-year-old Naval officer went on trial in Oslo this week, charged with being responsible for a collision four years ago that led to the sinking of one of Norway's five frigates. State prosecutors claim he was ultimately responsible,...

Svalbard tourism faces restrictions as temperatures keep rising

Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is in the midst of recording its mildest January in 90 years. Climate researchers think temperatures will keep on rising, so officials are trying once again to restrict tourism because of its contribution to...

Russian mercenary flees to Norway

Police in Norway's northern region of Finnmark arrested a man in the middle of the night on Friday, and charged him with illegally crossing the Russian-Norwegian border southeast of Kirkenes. Norwegian media report a far more dramatic version, identifying...

‘High priority’ for defense, as tensions and potential threats rise

As Russia's war on Ukraine grows even more bloody, concerns also keep rising in Norway over its own defense. A recent rash of potential threats tied to Norway's unpredictable neighbour in the north have sparked more government vows to...

Ringing alarms ‘just a drill’

With tensions high since Russia invaded one of its neighbouring countries, Norwegian media found it important to send out reassuring messages that civil defense alarms would be ringing on Wednesday, and that it was just a drill. "Stay calm, nothing...

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