Norway withholds funds for Hungary

Norway and its two partners in the European Economic Area (EEA), Iceland and Liechtenstein, have been unable to agree with the Hungarian government on how their financial aid to Hungary’s civil society should be administered. They’re thus blocking access to all their potential funding, amounting to around NOK 2.3 billion for the period from 2014 […]

Memorials prod a new consensus

After 10 years of suppressing difficult debate, Norwegian officials are finally acknowledging the political aspects of a home-grown white supremacist’s terrorist attacks on July 22, 2011. Both the current and former prime ministers along with several others, including Crown Prince Haakon and the bishop of Oslo, made it clear at memorial ceremonies on Thursday that […]

Bells tolled for terror victims

UPDATED: Norway was in the midst of a long and full day of speeches, ceremonies and bells tolling nationwide on Thursday, as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the July 22 attacks in 2011. It began with traditional memorials at and near the sites of the attacks, and was to end with a nationally […]

What happened in Oslo 10 years ago

Norway was shocked into recognizing its own vulnerability to a terrorist attack on the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2011. Here’s the chain of events behind Thursday’s memorials to victims, 10 years after a young Norwegian right-wing extremist angry with the Labour Party-led government detonated a powerful home-made bomb just outside the high-rise Office of […]

Police re-arm for July 22 memorials

Norway’s usually unarmed police were strapping on gun holsters again this week, in connection with the 10th anniversary of the country’s worst attacks since World War II. The re-arming is meant to provide extra protection around memorial ceremonies for the 77 people killed by a right-wing terrorist on July 22, 2011. Ceremonies will be taking […]

Anguish spills over the July 22 attacks

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been 10 years since a right-wing terrorist massacred Labour Party youth at their summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya, after first bombing the headquarters of Norway’s Labour-led government at the time. Preparations for July 22 memorials on Thursday have set off a new wave of anguish, as many survivors and victims’ families […]

El-scooter chaos all summer long

There are now an estimated 30,000 electric scooters zipping along on Oslo’s streets and sidewalks, scaring pedestrians and causing a new rash of serious injuries. City officials now claim they’ll ban the scooters from operating after 11pm from September, in an effort to keep drunk riders from injuring themselves and others, but fear chaos through […]

North Cape open without charges

A court in Western Finnmark has ruled that hotel chain Scandic can no longer charge parking fees to visitors to the North Cape. That effectively ensures the reopening of one of Norway’s top tourist attractions, which became expensive to visit in recent years. “This is a victory for public access to Norwegian nature,” wrote the […]

Most Norwegians keen on more oil

A new survey shows that only 23 percent of Norwegians want their government to stop doling out offshore oil and gas exploration licenses in Norway’s portion of the North, Norwegian and Barents seas. That’s much less than the 34 percent of Norwegians who didn’t want to search for more oil and gas two years ago. […]

Car holidays send pump prices up

Norway’s notoriously high prices for petrol at the pump have spiked again, to nearly NOK 20 per liter in some areas, or around USD 9 a gallon. The fuel price rise is raising eyebrows as well, as Norwegians hit the road for holidays at home during another Corona summer. Prices for the lowest grades of […]