Parliament sharpens expense reporting rules

The president of the Norwegian Parliament, Tone Trøen, is ordering a full evaluation of the regulations for expense account reporting that apply to both Members of Parliament and non-elected employees of the legislative body. The evaulation comes after newspaper Aftenposten revealed how an MP for the Progress Party has been reimbursed for trips he never […]

Russia suddenly turns agreeable

Norwegian and Russian negotiators have shaken hands on new fishing quotas in the Barents Sea, agreeing on how much cod, halibut and other fish each can catch. Russian President Vladimir Putin also turned complimentary last week, when meeting Norway’s new ambassador in Moscow. “We want to develop a productive cooperation with our neighbour Norway,” Putin […]

Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide called the murder of the critical Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly at the hands of Saudi Arabian officials, “deeply tragic and unfortunate” over the weekend. She said Norway was waiting for a “credible” explanation from the regime in Riyadh. “What’s happened is unacceptable,” Søreide wrote in an email to […]

Charity drive nets ‘fantastic’ donations

Norway’s annual nationally televised charity drive, called TV-aksjonen, had collected more than NOK 239 million (USD 50 million) by midnight Sunday. This year’s beneficiary was Kirkens Bymisjon, a humanitarian organization that aids needy urban residents around the country. This annual fundraiser collected from Norwegians and for Norwegians at a time when relative poverty in Norway, especially […]

Russian spy suspect released

A security expert for the Russian Parliament (Duma) who was arrested on espionage charges in Oslo last month was a free man on Friday. Mikhail Botsjkarjov was released from custody and claimed he holds no grudge against Norwegian authorities. Botsjkarjov was stopped at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen after he’d attended an EU-sponsored seminar held […]

Norway cut losses in tax evasion scam

Investors and banks reportedly have managed for years to avoid paying tax on dividends in several European countries including Norway. The alleged swindle could have cost Norwegian taxpayers alone as much as NOK 350 million. An investigation conducted by cooperating European media revealed on Thursday that the alleged swindle may have cost several European countries’ […]

NATO forces no-drone zone

Norwegian police are warning of large fines for anyone caught sending drones or other aicraft into the area of central Norway where a huge NATO exercise is due to begin next week. A no-drone zone has been set up from Rena and Trysil in the south nearly to the coast across from Hitra in the […]

Stabbing murder ‘a very serious case’

Police in Oslo have been releasing more details about a fatal stabbing on Monday that they say has turned into a “very serious case.” Preliminary autopsy reports show the victim was stabbed more than 20 times in his own home during what police think was an attempted burglary that went very wrong. The victim has […]

Norwegian charged with assault in Spain

A Norwegian man in his 50s has been jailed in Spain since Thursday, charged with sexual assault against a young woman. The man reportedly had traveled as an escort for a group of partying Norwegian high school students called russ. The so-called russ tours have caused problems in other areas of the Mediterranean, when partying […]

Stabbing tied to robbery same day

Police confirmed on Tuesday that they were investigating whether the fatal stabbing of a man in Oslo’s Majorstua district on Monday was tied to a robbery at knifepoint in the same area early that same morning. A bank employee arriving for work Monday morning was threatened with a knife and robbed of his mobile phone […]