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Suddenly cash was king again

Norwegians' aversion to using cash wound up costing merchants dearly and frustrating customers this week. When electronic payment systems suddenly broke down all over the country on a traditionally busy shopping day, cash reigned as the only way of...

Massive turnout on the 17th of May

This was the scene in Oslo on Tuesday, when hundreds of thousands of Norwegians turned out for their first "proper" Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May in three years. After Corona cancelled most of the fun last...

17th of May stages a ‘non-political’ comeback after Corona

After two years of Corona cancellations, millions of Norwegians were ready to celebrate their cherished Constitution Day on the 17th of May again. Record numbers of Norwegian children have been practicing to march in the annual parades that hail...

Norway hails ‘historic’ NATO expansion

UPDATED: Finland and Sweden will be welcomed into NATO with open arms by their neighbouring Norwegians. There's broad support in Norway for both Finland's and Sweden's NATO membership applications, after both countries felt compelled to join the defense alliance...

Russians excluded from Liberation Day ceremonies

Norway was celebrating Veterans- and Liberation Day as usual on May 8, with one major difference: Russian officials were not invited to ceremonies in the northern city of Kirkenes, even though it was liberated from Nazi German occupation with...

Professor blasts probe into frigate’s sinking

A retired naval commander who also serves as a law professor is harshly criticizing Norwegian prosecutors' investigation into the embarrassing sinking of the frigate KNM Helge Yngstad in November 2018. It took three-and-a-half years before an indictment was finally...

State offers billions to farmers

Norwegian taxpayers are likely to have to subsidize their farmers by record-high amounts, although not quite as much as the farmers want. The farmer-friendly government offered them a stunning NOK 10.15 billion on Thursday, more than 10 times what...

Sanctions snarl ship’s sailings

While Norway's coastal shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten has been plagued by Corona virus-related problems, its new domestic competitor is caught up in trouble linked to Russia's war on Ukraine. The new Havila Capella remained at the dock in...

Norwegian passports went missing

A Norwegian father who had ordered a passport for his infant son was surprised to find not one but two passports in the family's mailbox in Stavanger. Both were for other people, while the child's passport remains missing. "It's quite...

Thousands hailed solidarity

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians turned out all over the country on Sunday to hail freedom, democracy and solidarity at workers' traditional May 1st parades. They hadn't been able to gather in such large numbers since before the Corona...

Farmers demand more than ever

Norway's constantly complaining farmers have made a shocking demand for state subsidy and other support, but may be able to get it. The Labour-Center government made lots of promises to them during last year's election campaign, and is now...

Norway closes borders and harbours to Russian transport

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNTHINKABLE just two months ago, given years of border cooperation between Russia and Norway - but then Russia invaded Ukraine, another of its neighbouring countries. Now the Norwegian government has finally decided to follow the...

More drama flies around SAS

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has cancelled as many as 400 flights this month, either because of a lack of crews to fly them or too few passengers, and now faces a threatened strike by unhappy pilots in Norway, Sweden and...

Russia expels Norwegian diplomats

Three Norwegian diplomats working at Norway's embassy in Moscow have been declared unwelcome in Russia. Their looming expulsion comes as a response to Norway's decision to send three Russian diplomats packing earlier this month. "We're not surprised," Norwegian Foreign Minister...

Norway studies Corona lessons

A state commission set up to examine how Norway handled the Corona crisis has confirmed that Norwegian officials did well, but not quite good enough. Their goal is to learn how the country can be better prepared for the...

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