Oslo and Bergen can ban fossil-fueled cars

City officials in Oslo and Bergen are planning to make life even more difficult for motorists without electric cars. They’ve won state approval to ban cars fueled by gasoline or diesel in certain neighbourhoods and, by 2030, everywhere within the city limits. It’s the latest extreme political initiative in the drive to make Oslo and […]

Fireworks increasingly frowned upon

There were fewer public fireworks displays around Norway on New Year’s Eve, because of most local authorities’ reluctance to assemble crowds of spectators. Nearly 70 percent of Norwegians, meanwhile, are skeptical towards sales of fireworks to private individuals, according to a new survey. News bureau NTB reports that fully 40 percent of those questioned in […]

Snow knocked out power lines

Thousands of households and holiday homes experienced frequent and lengthy power failures this week, after lots of heavy wet snow fell all over southeastern Norway. More than 60 homes in Østre Toten were without electricity for 44 hours, while romjul holidays were spoiled for lots of those taking time off at holiday cabins. That’s because […]

Rare sunshine turned to slippery snow

After weeks of rain throughout most of December, the sun finally came out on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in much of  Southern Norway. It all turned into heavy snow and more rain on Saturday, though, making roads and highways hazardous. Police all over Østlandet and in the mountain regions were issuing warnings Saturday […]

Oil ministry scolded over Equinor

Norway’s State Auditor General (Riksrevisjonen) has concluded that the government has done a poor job following up on its large ownership stake in state oil company Equinor. The oil ministry failed, according to state auditors, to make enough demands for information regarding Equinor’s deeply troubled international operations. Equinor has been in trouble for months over […]

Handball thriller sparks celebration

Norway’s national women’s handball team has long been a major player, quite literally, on the international stage. They were still celebrating Monday after beating France Sunday night to claim the European Championship. Commentators called it a thrilling match by all accounts, after Norway narrowly won by a score of 22-20. Star player Nora Mørk made […]

Interest rates remain at 0%

Norway’s central bank decided on Thursday to keep its key policy rate at its record low of 0.0 percent, but noted that interest rates may rise sooner than previously predicted after vaccination programs get underway. The country’s currency, meanwhile, was ending the week much stronger than when it began. Norges Bank Governor Øystein Olsen thinks […]

Norwegian Air’s owners approve crisis plan

Shareholders in Norwegian Air voted in favour of management’s plans to raise another NOK 4 billion in the form of new shares, even though it will greatly dilute their own holdings. Management’s crisis plan, which involves a major restructuring of the airline aimed at ensuring its survival, was also approved. Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram called […]

Birkebeiner race ‘guaranteed’

In the midst of the Corona pandemic that’s cancelled most all public events comes at least some good news for skiers: Norway’s traditional Birkebeiner ski race over the mountains to Lillehammer is “guaranteed” to take place as usual in March. It was cancelled this year and weather has spoiled it as well, but barring the […]

Hurtigruten under cyber attack

Norway’s troubled coastal voyage and cruise line Hurtigruten was battling a cyber attack that made its websites unusable and affected company email as well. The attack caps a terrible year for the line that experienced outbreaks of the Corona virus on board at least two of its vessels earlier this year, and allegedly tried to […]