Thousands of students wait for housing

More than 10,000 students starting at Norwegian universities and colleges this week are stuck on lists waiting for a place to live. Demand is highest, as usual, in Oslo. Even though the government has invested in more subsidized student housing  projects in recent years, there’s still a shortage. Fully 3,528 students are hoping a student […]

‘Out Stealing Horses’ swept film awards

A film based on Norwegian author Per Petterson’s best-seller Out Stealing Horses was the big winner at this year’s Amanda Awards, which celebrated its 35th year of promoting the quality of, and interest in, Norwegian films over the weekend. The winning film had also claimed the largest number of nominations. Out Stealing Horses won the […]

DNT reports another record summer

Norway’s popular national hiking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) could report another “super summer” this year. Record numbers of hikers and nature lovers stayed at DNT hytter (cabins), with many reporting double-digit increases in overnight guests. DNT reported a total of 65,000 overnight stays at its cabins, many of which are self-service. The Svukuriset hytte […]

Sporting goods chain to fade away

Sports retailer Gresvig has long been one of the dominant retailers in Norway, with its G-sport and G-Max chains highly visible all over the country. Now they’re being shut down following large losses, with most being moved over to the Intersport chain. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported just before the weekend that G-sport and G-Max […]

Historically weak krone recovers a bit

It’s been 17 years since it cost more than NOK 9 to buy one US dollar, but that’s how weak the krone was through the weekend. It regained some strength on Monday, but not much, and now interest rates may not be raised after all. As the krone traded at around NOK 8.97 late Monday […]

Dual citizenship allowed from January 1

The Norwegian government has confirmed that a new law allowing dual citizenship will take effect from January 1, 2020. From that point, both expatriates in Norway and Norwegians living abroad will be able to have passports from both their countries of birth and residence. It’s taking time for Norway to be released from a portion […]

Unruly passenger forced emergency landing

A man in his 60s went amok on board a commercial airliner as it was flying over the North Sea on Thursday morning, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Stavanger after the man tried to break into the cockpit. Norwegian police were still gathering details but reported that the incident was not […]

Interest rates steady, shares recover

The executive board of Norway’s central bank kept its key policy rate unchanged at 1.25 percent on Thursday. The Oslo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, seemed to be recovering from a sharp decline on Wednesday. “The upturn in the Norwegian economy is continuing broadly as expected in June,” the bank board stated, while “underlying inflation has been […]

Norwegians still confident in their leaders

Confidence in Norway’s Parliament and government has been dented but not seriously damaged after a year of unprecedented scandal and ministerial changes. A new survey shows that Norwegians remain quite confident in their democratic institutions. The survey, conducted by research firm Respons Analyse, was presented at this week’s annual Arendalsuka gathering of top politicians, public […]

Extremism comment provokes Swedes

Prime Minister Erna Solberg set off a quarrel between Norway and Sweden after saying that she wants to see better cooperation with Swedish authorities in the fight against right-wing extremism. Ander Ygeman, Sweden’s energy and digitalization minister from Sweden’s Labour Party, said he welcomes more cooperation but criticized Solberg for also cooperating with Norway’s right-wing […]