Norway eyes major boost in Corona testing

Norwegian health authorities hope to be testing as many as 100,000 people a week by the end of the month, aided by what they think will be easier access to the chemicals needed and new methods of testing. “We’re working on finding out the most optimal measures,” Svein Lie, acting head of the state health […]

Scores go defiantly shopping in Sweden

Police and customs agents at Norway’s biggest border crossing point say they were surprised and disgusted that so many Norwegians defied government advice and drove into Sweden on Wednesday to go shopping. “They just didn’t care, and that’s very disappointing to see,” Wenche Fredriksen, chief of the border crossing at Svinesund, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). […]

Plans approved for huge wind energy project

Norway’s Oil & Energy Ministry approved development plans on Wednesday for Equinor’s wind power project Hywind Tampen in the North Sea. It’s billed as the largest such project in the world, with construction due to start in 2022. Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru claimed it was “an historic day” and that the Hywind Tampen […]

Storm slams into Lofoten

Another powerful late-winter storm was causing all kinds of trouble in Nordland County and especially Vesterålen and the Lofoten archipelago on Wednesday, where strong winds overturned trucks and cars, closed bridges, cancelled ferries and left thousands without power. The Easter holidays were not getting off to a good start Wednesday afternoon, especially for a large […]

Tax filing deadline nears

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians are likely to spend at least some of the Easter holidays preparing their tax returns. Fully 2.8 million are in line for refunds likely to total nearly NOK 34 billion. Norway’s highly automated and simplified tax system means that the vast majority of employees can just glance over all the […]

Hurtigruten extends its halt in cruise operations

Norway’s famed coastal voyage firm Hurtigruten announced Monday that it’s extending its cruise operation shutdown to six weeks. “The consequences of the Corona virus are affecting everyone, and hitting us in Hurtigruten hard,” stated the shipping line’s CEO Daniel Skjeldam. It’s current pared-down ferry and passenger transport operation between Bergen and Kirkenes will continue, but with […]

Norwegian Air fires hundreds in Sweden

Around 800 Norwegian Air employees based in Sweden were all given notice on Monday that they’ve lost their jobs. It’s the latest dramatic news from an entire aviation industry grounded by the Corona virus crisis with no new income flowing in. Norwegian Air has been caught up in a crisis of its own, and is […]

Officials change their minds about masks

Norway’s public health institute FHI has “updated” its recommendations about face masks. It’s now asking everyone either suspected of or confirmed as being infected with the Corona virus to use a mask (called munnbind in Norwegian). Norwegian authorities had earlier said that only primary health care workers should use the masks. That was before Norway […]

More car fires set in Oslo

Police in Oslo were searching for at least four people who were seen torching around seven vehicles in the Haugerud neighbourhood on the city’s east side during the night. Three other cars parked on Lutvannsveien, a street that’s around a half-hour’s walk away, were set on fire earlier in the night. “We see a connection […]

International Summer School disrupted

Norway’s popular International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo has become another casualty of the Corona virus crisis. It’s been cancelled this year for students traveling to Oslo from abroad, for the first since its founding in 1947. ISS officials cited concerns over the health and security of both university employees and summer school students, but […]