Bankrupt shipyard may be saved

All 430 workers at the bankrupt shipyard Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik have been routinely terminated, but many may get their jobs back and everyone is due to finally be paid what’s owed them on Friday. Bjørn Åge Hamre, the lawyer who’s now serving as administrator of the yard’s estate, hopes all the terminations are temporary. […]

Sicily takes in ‘Ocean Viking’ migrants

The Norwegian offshore vessel Ocean Viking, chartered by a humanitarian organization to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, was finally allowed by Italian authorities to sail for Sicily after unrest on board that threatened its crew during the weekend. “We have received a message to sail to Empedocle and take contact with harbour authorities when we […]

Summer suddenly turned chilly

After an unusually warm June, Norway’s July summer holidays got off to an extremely chilly start over the weekend. Strong winds, heavy rain, hail and even some snow caught many tourists by surprise. Slippery roads and as much as 30 centimeters of snow in the mountains prompted warnings from state highway officials that motorists shouldn’t […]

Sandefjord mayor target of arson

Police in the coastal city of Sandefjord were quick to confirm that someone tried to set fire to the home of the city’s long-time mayor, Bjørn Ole Gleditsch of the Conservative Party, during the weekend. An investigation is underway. Gleditsch himself had arrived home in a taxi late Saturday night to discover flames along one […]

Police criticized after mosque shooting

An external investigation of police response to last year’s shooting at a mosque in suburban Bærum has resulted in some sharp criticism. It took police far too long to reach the mosque, and they had cooperated poorly after receiving earlier tips about the assailant, a young Norwegian man known for racist attitudes. Both local police […]

Postal service cuts back again

Norwegians have long had to put up with much poorer postal service at much higher prices. Now they’ll only get their mail delivered at home every other day, instead of at least five days a week. Saturday deliveries have already been halted. The latest round of cutbacks officially took effect from July 1 but won’t […]

Au pair abusers can be banned

Among new laws and regulations taking effect in Norway from July 1st is a measure aimed at protecting au pair from exploitation and abuse. Families found to have used their au pair merely as overworked and underpaid domestic help, for example, can be banned from ever taking in au pair again. News bureau NTB reported this […]

Norwegian Air sues Boeing

After years of problems with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 737 MAX jets, Norwegian Air has decided to sue the Seattle-based aircraft producer. The suit comes just after Norwegian also cancelled its entire order for 92 more of the MAX jets. “We still want to reach a commercial agreement,” Geir Karlsen, finance director for Norwegian, […]

Citizenship requirements raised

Norway is finally offering dual citizenship, but that hasn’t meant it’s getting much easier to apply for it. Not only has the application process been severely disrupted during the Corona crisis, now the Parliament is sharpening language requirements for becoming a citizen. Both the Labour- and Center parties supported the government’s proposal to raise the […]

Housing prices expected to soar

A Norwegian researcher specializing in the housing market thinks Norway may see the strongest price growth since 2017. It’s already been holding up well during the Corona crisis and demand is now predicted to outpace supply. Homebuilding came to an abrupt halt when the crisis first hit Norway last winter, and closed borders disrupted the […]