Wage pact rejected by nurses, others

A new wage settlement that calls for 2.7 percent pay raises for members of two large trade union federations is supposed to set the tone for all other wage pacts this spring. The leader of Norway’s nurses’ union, however, and 12 other labour federations are not impressed and already claim they’ll demand more. “We have […]

King Harald sends condolences to Queen Elizabeth

Norway’s King Harald V ordered the flag on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to be lowered to half-mast on Friday, following news of the death of Prince Philip in Great Britain. Also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle at an age of 99. “Our thoughts go to […]

Housing market may see a ‘correction’

Residential real estate prices are still up 12.5 percent over last year at this time, and a stunning 15.6 percent in Oslo, according to sales prices logged in March. The Oslo market, however, recorded a 0.8 percent decline from February and now housing experts are predicting a “correction” heading into the summer season. New numbers […]

Adrift Dutch ship now under control

A Dutch cargo ship that lost power in a severe storm off Norway’s west coast earlier this week was finally brought under tow in an emergency operation during the night. That avoided what many feared could have been an environmental catastrophe.  Crews from the Norwegian Coast Guard, a Dutch salvage firm and Norway’s search and […]

Oil Fund ‘proud’ of wind park investment

The new boss of Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund that’s fueled by its oil revenues says he’s “proud” of the Oil Fund’s first major investment in renewable energy infrastructure. It makes the Oil Fund half-owner of the world’s second-largest offshore wind park, Borssele 1&2 in the Netherlands. “We’re very proud,” said Nicolai Tangen, head of […]

Cargo ship adrift in stormy seas

Norwegian officials were worrying about serious environmental damage after a Dutch cargo ship floundered in stormy seas off Ålesund on Monday and then lost power. All 12 crew members have since been rescued and the vessel remained adrift on Tuesday, with 350 tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel on board as it […]

Pastors question Easter priorities

The Corona crisis has once again cancelled church services during the Easter holidays and now some pastors in the Norwegian Church are questioning the government’s priorities. They think Norwegians’ tradition of spending Easter holidays at their hytter (holiday homes) has been given far more attention than the church. “I think the government could have said a […]

Norway still kicking at World Cup trials

Norway’s national men’s football team redeemed itself, after a crushing loss to Turkey late last week, with a victory over Montenegro Tuesday night in its latest World Cup qualifier. The team also mounted yet another T-shirt demonstration against how World Cup host Qatar has mistreated thousands of migrant workers building football facilities over the past […]

Ski jumper recovering from bad fall

Norwegian ski jumper Daniel-André Tande was brought out of a coma over the weekend and was reportedly making progress at a hospital in Slovenia, after suffering a serious fall late last week. Teammates and rivals hailed him with a banner on the last day of the season in Planica. “Daniel Andre Tande! All the best […]

ISIL wife’s verdict due in May

Prosecutors are seeking a four-year prison term for a young Norwegian woman who traveled to Syria in 2013 after marrying a Norwegian foreign fighter for the terrorist group ISIL. Her defense attorney claims she should be acquitted, portraying her instead as a victim of human trafficking. Her trial ended just before the Easter holiday week, […]