Standing ovations for Nobel Laureates

The applause seemed to go on forever at Monday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were honoured with lengthy standing ovations, for drawing international attention to sexual violence as war crimes that must be punished. “We thank you for seeing the suffering, and devoting your life to the battle […]

Congo nightmare turned lucrative

Just after the October announcement that a heroic doctor in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo had won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a former Norwegian-British soldier launched a lucrative tour around Norway to speak about his years in prison in Congo. Now a member of Norway’s Parliament thinks Joshua French should repay the state […]

Nobel winners seek justice for women

Security was tight around the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Sunday, after a week in which news broke about threats against Norway’s justice minister and politicians in Oslo’s City Hall. Inside the institute, this year’s highly acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winners were calling for far more security and justice for victims of arguably the worst sort […]

Police arrest man for sending a bomb

Handwriting analysis and DNA evidence led police to arrest a man in his 40s on Friday, and charge him with sending a bomb to the eastern police district’s main station in Ski earlier this week. The incident was described as not just an attack on the police but on Norway’s democracy. The man now held […]

More challenge collision report

Both the owner of the tanker that collided with the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and workers at the shipyard where the frigate was built have challenged a preliminary report on the collision issued last week by Norway’s state accident investigation board. That follows accusations that the report has downplayed the role of the crew on […]

Norway to crack down on Airbnb

The Norwegian government is poised to tighten and clarify regulations for short-term rental of residential property, in new legislation sent to Parliament on Friday. The goal is to crack down on what government minister Monica Mæland calls the “pure hotel operations” that have sprung up since online accommodation service Airbnb entered the market. The main […]

Parliament approves dual citizenship

UPDATED: It was a big day for long-term expatriates in Norway and Norwegians who’ve moved abroad. After years of debate, a majority in Parliament finally approved dual citizenship in Norway on Thursday for all those who have strong ties to both their homeland and their country of residence. “I think this is a day of […]

Justice minister threatened

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) is investigating threats lodged against Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara of the conservative Progress Party. Both his family car and their home have been hit by taggers, and someone also apparently tried to set the car on fire. “PST can confirm that an investigation has begun into threats […]

Bomb sent to police ‘was meant to kill’

A suspicious package sent to the main police station in Ski, south of Oslo, was found to contain what investigators describe as a “sharp bomb with potential to cause widespread damage.” It was not sent simply as part of a bomb scare, police claimed on Thursday, but “was meant to kill.” The drama began Wednesday […]

Politicians threatened at Oslo City Hall

Several top city politicians were threatened by a member of the public earlier this autumn, during a meeting of the Oslo City Council’s committee for cultural issues. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week that committee members from various political parties were badly frightened, while the man scaring them was ultimately allowed to just walk away. The […]