Greens strengthen their grip on Oslo

Vegetarian food in the schools and higher road tolls loom in the Norwegian  capital, after the Greens Party could and did demand more power within Oslo’s new city government. The coalition made up of the Greens, Labour and the Socialist Left (SV) parties remains the same, but Labour lost some of its dominance. “Green politics […]

Hijacker charged with attempted murder

UPDATED: Drama played out on the streets of Oslo Tuesday after a 32-year-old Norwegian man crashed his car and then hijacked an ambulance in the city’s Torshov district. The hijacker then intentionally tried to run down several people and a baby carriage before police shot at its tires and made an arrest.  State broadcaster NRK […]

16 arrests as Oslo tackles violence

Police, state and city officials moved fast after an unusual spike in random violence on the streets of Oslo. Most of those behind the violence appear to be disillusioned young men, some of them on drugs, who use social media to coordinate attacks and then brag about them. “They post reports that they’ve beaten (victims), […]

Norwegian Air finds new ‘dream’ partner

After flying for years outside the world’s airline’s alliances, Norwegian Air has found a new partner that will make it easier to travel in the US. Its plan to team up with US airline JetBlue can streamline connections for Norwegian passengers in North America, and vice versa for JetBlue passengers heading abroad. “This cooperation will […]

Politicians react to weekend violence

Oslo police logged more than 20 incidents of street violence in Oslo during the weekend, and that was topping the agenda of an already-planned high-level meeting on youth crime. Several of the incidents appeared to be unprovoked attacks on random victims in the Nowegian capital. Police reported late Sunday that they’d arrested five suspects after a […]

Labour violations at Labour-led City Hall

Norway’s state labour authority (Arbeidstilsynet) is launching an investigation after reports of more than 15,000 violations of labour law at several city agencies in Oslo. All of them have been under the political control of the Greens Party’s high-profile politician Lan Marie Berg and the Labour Party-led Oslo city government. “We’re opening a case involving […]

Berg seeks pardon as spy swap looms

Frode Berg, the former Norwegian border inspector convicted of espionage in Russia, has formally applied for a pardon. The move is believed to be part of a complicated deal to swap Berg and two convicted Lithuanian spies jailed in Russia for at least one Russian spy jailed in Lithuania. Berg’s Russian defense attorney Ilja Novikov […]

Alternatives sought for EU agreement

Norway’s 25-year-old trade and policy pact with the EU survived yet another round of attacks from labour unions this week. The so-called EØS/EEA agreement remains subject, however, to a search for alternatives to it, through a compromise that came only after Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was roundly scolded over his support for the deal. […]

Government drops state windmill plan

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition is scrapping a new national wind energy plan that identified specific areas as best-suited for windmills. It proved to be highly controversial, prompting Solberg to back down after massive criticism that huge wind turbines can ruin scenic wilderness and that local objections could be overruled. “This was supposed to be […]

Norway grabs the literary spotlight

Norway’s biggest and most expensive promotional event ever was finally playing out in Frankfurt this week, after months of preparation. The country has spent tens of millions of kroner to be the so-called “guest of honour” at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and was clearly relishing the literary and cultural spotlight. “The Book Fair in Frankfurt […]