‘Much lower growth’ in oil investments

The chief economist for the Norwegian national employers’ organization NHO is the latest to issue a sobering outlook that may only cheer anti-oil climate activists like Greta Thunberg: Norway’s economic growth will slow down, Øystein Dørum predicts, mostly because of “much lower growth in oil investments, and then a decline.” Dørum, who worked many years […]

Thunberg shames Solberg on climate

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was smiling as she posed at the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference. Now, however, she’s accused of ignoring the conference’s “call to action,” with young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg publicly accusing Solberg of violating UN rules against endangering the lives of children around the world. “Your government continues to […]

Tears and laughter at Nobel ceremony

The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s carefully orchestrated Peace Prize ceremony dissolved into laughter on Tuesday when the committee’s leader almost forgot to award this year’s prize. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali received it in end, though, as some members of the audience wiped away tears and created a bit of a mob scene on his […]

Cameras met the Peace Prize winner

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali arrived in Oslo late in the day on Monday, and faced an immediate glare of camera lights and questions he couldn’t avoid. The smiling winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize answered a few but then had to be whisked away for the delayed beginning to his visit that […]

Secret criticism flies around new F35s

Something seems to be wrong with the operating capabilities of Norway’s growing fleet of new F35 fighter jets, but no one will specify what the problem is. Norway’s State Auditor General is criticizing the government in a report to Parliament on the new jets, but the report is classified and therefore being handled as top […]

Norway defies new squeeze over China

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s biggest ally, the US, views China as an emerging threat that won’t play by the rules, and NATO addressed concerns over China for the first time last week. Norway, meawhile, remains intent on  negotiating a new free trade deal with the non-democratic China that’s under fire for massive human rights abuses. Critics […]

Economic upturn will ‘soon be over’

Norway’s currency remains historically weak, the housing market has cooled off,  concerns are rising about the future of the oil industry and investments are due to slow down. Norway’s state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) now thinks those trends will continue through next year, meaning that the country’s long-running economic upturn is about to end. […]

Parliament reacts to PST’s illegalities

The disciplinary committee of the Norwegian Parliament looks set to call in for questioning both the head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST and the country’s justice minister. They’re ultimately responsible for how PST illegally gathered huge quantities of information from airline passenger lists and then stored it, in what’s been dubbed the latest “scandal” […]

Peace Prize winner avoids questions

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is grappling with some awkward challenges just days before the man they selected to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize arrives in Oslo. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has made it clear he won’t attend any event where he could publicly be asked questions, either by the press or even […]

First head rolls in the NAV scandal

A massive scandal within Norway’s state welfare agency NAV has already claimed thousands of victims. Now it’s spreading within NAV’s own ranks, with the director of welfare benefits resigning her post at the end of this week, and leaders admitting that public confidence in the agency has been severely weakened. Management at NAV, which administers […]