Lots to be learned from earlier crises

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s almost eerie how Norway has had to mark significant anniversaries of three major crises just in the past two weeks, and right in the middle of the current Corona virus crisis. Valuable lessons can be learned from them all. The sun was shining brilliantly over Oslo’s historic Akerhus Fortress on Thursday, the […]

Market slides amid oil price drama

The last day of trading prior to Norway’s five-day Easter holidays ended with the Oslo Stock Exchange’s main index falling 1.34 percent, to 734.38. The Norwegian market once again was influenced by an oil price drama that wasn’t resolved by closing time, and also involved controversial calls for tax breaks from the country’s biggest and […]

Speeding zooms in the Corona crisis

There’s been an alarming acceleration in the numbers of Norwegian motorists caught driving at high rates of speed in recent weeks. Oslo police point to a marked decline in traffic during the Corona crisis that has opened up the roads, tempting speedsters to step far too heavily on the gas pedal. Most of the offenders […]

Norway cleared to gradually reopen

Prime Minister Erna Solberg held another press conference on Tuesday, and had some welcome news: Norway can gradually begin to reopen from April 20, even though most Corona virus containment measures will remain in effect. Solberg gamely admitted at the outset that the measures her government put in force on March 12 “have demanded a […]

Empty urban spaces illustrate the crisis

PHOTO FEATURE: Spring has arrived in the Norwegian capital, where sidewalks, outdoor cafés and other public spaces would normally be packed with people out enjoying the sunny weather. Oslo is instead experiencing an urban emptiness that shows how the Corona virus crisis has created an economic crisis as well. Karl Johans Gate is Oslo’s main […]

Cash support wins Parliament’s nod

Business owners all over Norway heaved a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday, after Parliament approved its largest package of expenditures ever. They involve emergency measures aimed at warding off bankruptcies during the Corona crisis, including cash support to businesses forced to close. “It’s the largest commitment the Parliament has ever made,” Tryvge Slagsvold Vedum, […]

‘Corona epidemic under control’

Norwegian Health Minister Bent Høie announced at the government’s daily afternoon press conference on Monday that new statistics show a major decline in infection rates, with every Corona-infected Norwegian passing on the virus to only one new person or less. “That means we have the Corona epidemic under control,” Høie said. The new numbers suggest […]

Norway flunked in preparedness

A professor emeritus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim has unleashed a torrent of criticism against both state and local Norwegian authorities. Dr Sven Erik Gisvold claims they have utterly failed in preparedness for an epidemic, and he’s not alone in his complaints. Gisvold, who’s headed the anesthesiology department at St […]

Oslo to keep schools and day care closed

Oslo parents’ hopes of being able to work from home in peace after Easter have been dashed by the city’s top political leaders. They won’t reopen schools or day care centers when the Easter holidays end next Tuesday, no matter what the state government officials declare. “We can’t see that it’s possible to reopen the […]

Norwegian’s long-haul routes at risk

Analysts following the ongoing drama around Oslo-based Norwegian Air now think the deeply troubled airline will have to drop the long-haul routes that put it deeply into debt. With an Easter deadline for a rescue plan approaching, time was running out over the weekend for Norwegian to get its creditors on board. State officials have […]