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Justice minister failed in her effort to restrict government openness

Norway's government minister in charge of justice and preparedness, Emilie Enger Mehl, chose one of the busiest political weeks of the year to quietly withdraw a proposal to rein in laws governing openness. Her effort to restrict Norway's equivalent...

Trondheim kidnapping linked to Foxtrot

UPDATED: Norwegian police have confirmed that not only is the criminal network Foxtrot active in Norway, it's also probably behind a kidnapping in Trondheim earlier this year. A dozen suspects have been charged in the case, while officials are...

Krone remains weak as interest rates and prices rise

Norway's key interest rate rose again on Thursday and the price of the country's North Sea crude oil is higher than it's been in years. Both factors generally strengthen Norway's currency, the krone, but it remains unusually weak even...

Norway ’embarrassed’ at the UN

Norwegian government leaders were not granted speaking time when the United Nations held its summit on climate ambitions during its annual General Assembly in New York this week. The reason is tied to Norway's refusal to rein in its...

Former prime minister’s husband denies any insider trading

Sindre Finnes, husband of the former Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg, insists he did nothing illegal during his years of extensive stock trading while his wife led the government. Finnes denies suggestions of insider trading and his lawyer says...

Pressure grows on Solberg to resign

Erna Solberg still had support from the board of Norway's Conservative Party as the week began, but faces rising pressure to resign both as party leader and the Conservatives' candidate for prime minister. Her failure to question and halt...

Erna’s husband lands her in trouble

Norway's Conservative Party triumphed in local elections this week, but its leader and former prime minister was all but reduced to tears on Friday. Erna Solberg had to announce that her husband, Sindre Finnes, had bought and sold shares...

Norway’s unpopular leaders hang on

NEWS ANALYSIS: Speculation has swirled this week over whether Norway's unpopular left-center government will collapse. Both the Labour- and Center parties lost badly in Monday's local elections, but some predict their national leaders will endure the lack of confidence in...

Støre’s Labour Party ‘in crisis’

Disappointed Labour Party politicians around Norway were calling new local election results "catastrophic" on Tuesday, and claiming that their once-mighty party is in crisis. Some are already blaming Jonas Gahr Støre, the Labour Party's long-struggling leader and current prime...

Non-socialists sweep Norway’s local elections

A new conservative wave crashed over Norway in local elections on Monday, resulting in bitter defeats for Labour- and Center Party incumbents. Former Prime Minister Erna Solberg's Conservative Party is now Norway's largest for the first time in nearly...

Voting marred by missing ballots

Norwegians were streaming to voting sites all over the country on Monday, to vote for who should lead their local governments for the next four years. Reports of some election trouble, though, were streaming in as well. The problems revolved...

PST arrests young Malaysian for spying

Norway's police intelligence agency PST has charged a 25-year-old Malaysian citizen with spying on the Office of the Prime Minister, the defense ministry and other government offices in Oslo. He allegedly drove around or parked near them in a rental...

Questions still swirl around Norway’s embattled foreign minister

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt remained under a cloud of suspicion heading into the weekend, even after Norway's economic crimes unit opted against launching a police investigation into her admitted conflicts of interest. Critics claim Prime Minister Jonas Gahr...

Traditional school elections took a turn to the right

Results of this week's national mock elections at schools around Norway showed another sharp decline for the incumbent Labour- and Center parties and major gains for the Conservatives and right-wing Progress Party. The leader of the Young Conservatives' organization...

Extreme weather scares more voters

A new survey shows that climate issues suddenly top a list of voter priorities in Norway, less than a week before local elections are held nationwide. The survey results come just after massive flooding and landslides set off by...

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