Teenage criminals worry police most

Police have already claimed that juvenile crime, often violent and involving stabbings, was their biggest problem in Oslo last year. It still is, and it’s spreading nationwide, with boys as young as 10 included among the offenders. A fatal stabbing in Bergen over the weekend climaxed a brawl that mostly involved young men. Teenagers also […]

Finnmark mining protests underway

Government ministers arriving for the weekly Council of State at the Royal Palace on Friday were met by noisy and angry demonstrators, protesting their decision last week to allow a controversial mining and dumping operation in Finnmark. More protests were held through the weekend, in Alta, Tromsø, Hamar, Flekkefjord, Sunndal, Trondheim and Oslo. The decision […]

Critics rage against new Amundsen film

Roald Amundsen remains one of Norway’s greatest heroes, a polar explorer who brought pride and fame to a newly independent country at the turn of the 20th century. A new film about him premiered nationwide in Norway on Friday, but got off to rather poor start. Norwegian critics have panned the film, calling it everything from […]

Central bank chief backs oil industry

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s oil industry and its supportive Norwegian government have won backing from the country’s central bank chief to keep on pumping and looking for more offshore oil and gas reserves. In an annual and much-followed speech Thursday evening, Øystein Olsen also opted against commenting on how the government spends Norway’s oil revenues, for […]

Sparks fly over Finnmark mining

While local elected officials were celebrating with cake, protests poured in over the Conservative state government’s decision on Thursday to finally allow mining operations on a mountain plateau in Finnmark. It’s expected to generate 300 new jobs in the area, but can also disrupt Samis’ reindeer grazing while dumping debris and tailings into the fjord […]

China’s ambassador leaves in a storm

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway since 2016, is due to bid farewell King Harald V on Friday and leave the country, just after Norwegian intelligence agencies have branded China as a major security threat. The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has refuted and harshly criticized the warnings, while the Norwegian government has also been criticized […]

Diplomatic dispute hits ‘Barnevernet’

A diplomatic dispute that’s erupted between Norway and Poland is expected to force new debate over Norway’s child protection agency (Barnevernet), which itself has been embroiled in conflicts for years. One foreign policy expert calls the current diplomatic stand-off “spectacular,” and said it can be relevant for all foreign families living in Norway. The dispute resulted […]

Olympic torch re-lit, but not OL spirits

It’s been 25 years since Norway hosted what even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) boss at the time famously called “the best Olympic Winter Games ever.” The torch in Lillehammer has been re-lit for this week’s silver anniversary celebrations, but Norwegians themselves are far from fired up about mounting what they call “vinter-OL” for the […]

Navy accused of another near-crash

One of Norway’s major ferry firms, Fjord1, claims that one of its vessels was nearly rammed by one of the Norwegian Navy’s corvettes at high speed last November. Fjord1 has objected to how Navy officials allegedly downplayed the incident afterwards. Fjord1 has sent a report to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet), claiming that the “near-miss” […]

Norway and Poland in diplomatic duel

Years of new and rising tension between Norway and Poland seemed to reach the boiling point this week, after Norway expelled Poland’s consul and Poland responded by ousting one of Norway’s diplomats. It’s the latest trouble to emerge between allies within the European Economic Association (EEA), the EU and NATO. Norway and Poland have been […]