Chinese seek asylum in Norway

Norwegian authorities have received around 80 applications for asylum from Chinese citizens this month. State broadcaster NRK reported that they’re all members of China’s persecuted Uighur minority and have arrived in Norway from Turkey. The applications come in addition to a new wave of asylum seekers from Afghanistan that’s also expected to increase. More than […]

Secret US-Russia meeting ‘important’

A secretly arranged meeting in Finland on Wednesday between top US- and Russian defense officials was being viewed as “important” for Norway, too. The war on terrorism reportedly topped the agenda, and showed that there’s still room for cooperation between the two rivals. Norwegian Broadcastng (NRK) carried extensive coverage of the meeting after it was […]

Bergen now has the most el-scooters

Pedestrians in Oslo could breathe a sigh of relief this week, after thousands of electric scooters were forcibly removed from the city streets, leaving 8,000 available for rental. The reduction ended up giving Bergen the dubious distinction of having the largest density of el-scooters per capita in Europe. Oslo officials, backed by a court ruling, […]

Nine juveniles suspected of robberies

Police in Oslo reported a rash of robberies and attempted robberies over the weekend, mostly at metro stations on the city’s affluent west side. A group of teenage boys threatened and even assaulted other teenagers, before making off with expensive clothing and mobile phones. It’s the latest surge of so-called barneran, often involving minority youth […]

Smooth transfer of power looms

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, leader of Norway’s Conservatives, was winning kudos this week for quickly congratulating Jonas Gahr Støre after his Labour Party won the most votes of any other party in Monday’s national election. He in turn thanked her publicly for leading the country for the past eight years, and then praised her leadership. […]

‘No PR people in government’

Prime Minister-elect Jonas Gahr Støre has promised a government free of people hired away from the public relations and communications sector. “I can’t see any transitions (from PR) to a Labour-led government,” Støre told newspaper VG. “We have so many clever people who are engaged around the country, and that’s where I’ll be looking.” His […]

NSR wins Sami Parliament election

There wasn’t only a national election in Norway this week. Seats in the Sami Parliament in Karasjok, Northern Norway were also up for grabs, with the Norske Samers Riksforbund (NSR) winning the largest block, followed by Nordkalottfolket and the Labour Party. NRS and Labour have agreed on many issues recently, with both battling mining projects […]

Labour open to re-investing in SAS

The Norwegian government declined last year to take a new ownership stake in Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), but now a new Labour-led government is open to making a comeback. The goal, according to Labour’s spokesperson on transport issues, is to make sure the airline survives the Corona crisis. “I think the (recently defeated) government has been […]

Small protest party wins seat in Parliament

A small party formed just a few months with the sole purpose of getting the state to build a hospital in the northern city of Alta managed to win a seat in Parliament in Monday’s election. The party’s founder was as surprised as anyone. Irene Ojala started gathering signatures for her prospective party, called Pasientfokus […]

NRK’s election ratings soared

More than a million Norwegians were glued to their televisions Monday night when both state broadcaster NRK and the national commercial station TV2 carried non-stop coverage of the parliamentary election and its results. NRK won the ratings battle hands down. Fully 949,000 viewers tuned in to NRK just from 9-11pm, when election returns started coming […]