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Friday, February 3, 2023

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Traffic fines skyrocket

Norwegian motorists suddenly face an enormous increase in traffic fines if caught speeding or fiddling with mobile phones while driving. They shot up around 30 percent as of February 1 and may, for those slapped with them, also boost...

Two Norwegians face drug charges in Australia

Two Norwegian men were reportedly caught red-handed when they allegedly tried to retrieve 82 kilos of cocaine fastened to the hull of a ship off the east coast of Australia last week. Police found them in full diving gear...

Oscar nomination raised cheers and questions

A Norwegian short film won a coveted Oscar nomination last week that was roundly celebrated by all involved. It also raised questions about where the public can actually see short films, since they're not often shown at the cinema...

Norwegians paying billions in road tolls

Never before have Norwegian motorists had to pay so much in road tolls, according to new figures from the state transport ministry. After a dip during the pandemic, when most worked from home offices, total road toll receipts nationwide...

Troubled train line’s opening uncertain

Embarrassed officials at Norwegian state railway Bane NOR no longer dare to set a date for the opening of the new high-speed Follobanen commuter line between Oslo and Ski. Bane NOR's shamed chief executive, Gorm Frimannslund, admitted he's been "too...

Shooting suspects face extradition

Two men in their 20s who've been charged in a street shooting near the National Theater in Oslo earlier this month will be extradited back to Norway. They'd fled the country but were arrested in Italy last week. Norwegian Broadcasting...

Bhatti now faces new terror charges

Arfan Bhatti, the Norwegian Islamist who's been in trouble with the law for years, has now been charged with five counts of terror in connection with a  mass shooting during Oslo Pride last summer. Prosecutors think Bhatti is behind...

Russian mercenary taken into custody

Police in Oslo have now officially arrested Andrei Medvedev, a young Russian man who fled to Norway after deserting the Wagner group, a St Petersburg-based organization of soldiers for hire. Medvedev objects to being in custody, claiming he's merely...

Bane NOR apologizes for more train trouble

Three trains on the main Dovrebanen line in central Norway were all halted by more electrical trouble during the night. Some passengers were stuck for four hours or more inside trains with no lights or heat in temperatures down...

Bullying increases in Norwegian schools

State officials have been battling bullying for decades, but now it's once again on the rise. A new survey of students at all levels of Norwegian public schools shows an increase in the numbers of those subjected to bullying...

Interest rate ‘policy path’ now more uncertain

The Norwegian central bank's decision this week to keep its policy rate unchanged reflects Norway's still-high economic activity and tight labour market with low unemployment. The outlook was described as "more uncertain than normal," though, and Norges Bank is...

Train- and car collisions with wildlife keep rising

More than 13,000 moose and deer were killed on Norwegian roads and railways last year, and the numbers are rising in line with snow depths this winter. The collisions that can also be fatal for motorists may lead to...

NRK wins back the Olympics

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has won back the rights to broadcast four Olympics beginning with the Winter Games in Milan and Cortina in Italy in 2026. NRK's new boss Vibeke Fürst Haugen won't say, though, how much the contract will...

Russian Wagner defector ‘in secret location’

A young Russian man who fled over the border to Northern Norway late last week has officially filed for asylum and is now living in what's been described as "a secret location," likely in the Oslo area. His offer...

Gang leaders shot in Oslo

Portions of downtown Oslo were cordoned off during the weekend, after two alleged gang leaders were shot on a street near the National Theater. Three suspects have been charged in the case and one was in police custody Sunday...

Man killed clearing snow off his roof

A man in his 70s was killed on Thursday when snow being shoveled off the roof of his hytte (cabin) crashed down and buried him under it. He was declared dead at the scene after being smothered by the...

Another newspaper cuts editions

Oslo-based newspaper Dagsavisen and two other regional papers in its media group have become the latest to cut their weekly number of editions from six to three, in order to cut costs. They'll all rely more heavily on their...

Man charged in twins’ deaths

A Norwegian man in his 20s has been charged with negligent homicide after two 16-year-old sisters were found dead during the weekend at a house in Spydeberg, southeast of Oslo. Police suspect drug overdose. A third teenage girl was also...

Bunker party organizers sentenced to jail

Two young men who organized what they called a "Rave Cave" party in an abandoned underground bunker in Oslo have been convicted and handed 18-month prison sentences. They were jailed for negligently using power generators that emitted carbon monoxide,...

Comedian cleared of intentional racism

State prosecutors won't be pressing charges against Norwegian comedian Atle Antonsen, who made offensive remarks against Norwegian-Somalian author and activist Sumaya Jirde Ali last autumn. Antonsen claimed he never meant to be racist, even after telling her during an...

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