Unemployment falls but job fears loom

The latest numbers from state welfare agency NAV show 83,000 fewer job seekers in June than in May, and Norway’s official unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent. Hard-hit hotel- and travel businesses still fear the worst, though, and warn of a new wave of terminations later this summer. “The numbers of people without jobs continue […]

New asylum system greets few seekers

The numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Norway have sunk to new record lows in recent months. Norwegian officials are nevertheless preparing to receive many more at their cavernous national reception center in Råde, through a new system in which persecuted homo- and transsexuals are due to get priority. Justice Minister Monica Mæland visited the […]

Oil Fund weathers stormy first half

Norway’s Oil Fund ended a stormy first half of the year with just as much value as it had before having to face crises tied to the Corona virus, the economy and its own future leadership. The fund is still worth a dizzying NOK 10,340 billion, up more than NOK 250 billion since the end […]

New ‘Knerten’ movie rides to the rescue

Norwegian cinemas are hoping that Knerten, a piece of wood with a strong personality, will help carry them through a difficult summer season. While numerous movie launches have been delayed because of the Corona crisis, the latest sequel to the popular Knerten series for children will make its premiere earlier than planned, to meet a […]

Corona crisis unity dissolves into chaos

NEWS ANALYSIS: National crises often bring people and political rivals together. Less than four months after uniting during the Corona crisis, however, the gloves came off and political chaos descended on Parliament before it recessed for the summer holidays. Longstanding party alliances also seemed to shatter in the process, with Labour even teaming up with […]

Airlines pressured to issue refunds

Norwegian aviation authorities are finally adding to the pressure on airlines to refund tickets for flights that were cancelled. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air stand accused of breaking a law that orders them to refund flight cancellations within seven days. Thousands of customers along with travel agents and tour operators have instead been waiting […]

Norway finally confronts China

After being seen as “terribly weak” in its relations with China, Norway has joined 26 other countries at the United Nations in challenging Chinese authorities’ new so-called “security law” for Hong Kong. They were all ignored, but their call to halt implementation of the law that cracks down on demonstrations in Hong Kong was a […]

El-scooters overrun summer in the city

They seem to be everywhere again, rolling out of control in Norwegian cities and then literally being dumped on sidewalks, in parks and even in people’s yards. Local politicians are being accused of shirking responsibility for regulating the popular electric scooters as complaints rise. Now even one of the biggest players in Oslo, Voi, is […]

Telenor fined for exploiting its role

European regulators are punishing Norway’s state-controlled telecoms giant Telenor with a hefty fine of NOK 1.2 billion (USD 125 million) for misusing its market dominance to put pressure on the profit margins of other operators. Telenor promptly announced Tuesday that it would appeal. “We are very surprised over both the conclusion of ESA (the European […]

Solberg squashes new EU debate

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative Party still wishes Norway would join the EU, but she’s not keen on launching a new debate on EU membership any time soon. That disappoints her own party’s youth group and, likely, one of her government coalition partners. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that debate has already been flying […]