Norwegians still flying more

Climate concerns aside: another new study shows that Norwegians fly more than most other Europeans. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, has also said that she feels no flyskam (shame over flying), arguing that Norway’s geography often makes flying necessary. “I don’t feel bad about flying,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK just before the summer holidays […]

Catholics must pay for fraud

Norway’s Supreme Court has refused to hear another appeal from the Catholic Church in Oslo, which was accused of fraudulently inflating membership numbers in order to receive more state funding. That means the Catholics must refund around NOK 100 million in taxpayer support. Norwegian taxpayers provide financial support to all religious groups based on membership […]

Agreement struck on new metro line

The counties of Oslo and Akershus have agreed on financing for a long-planned public transport line between Oslo and the redeveloped Fornebu area west of the capital, which was dominated by Oslo’s former airport. The line was intially viewed as light-rail line, but now will be part of Oslo’s metro system that extends into Bærum […]

Court orders Oslo to refund initial property tax bills

Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled that the City of Oslo had no right to start charging income tax just months after a Labour Party-led coalition won the last municipal election in 2015. TV2 reported Wednesday afternoon that 55,000 Oslo property owners will now be reimbursed for the first tax assessments sent out in 2016. The […]

Pride Parade draws record turnout

Oslo Police estimated that aound 50,000 people marched in Oslo’s Pride Parade on Saturday while another 275,000 spectators lined the streets, setting a new record. One local comedian and activist Else Kåss Furuseth equated the event to  “the 17th of May on steroids.” Rainbow flags, colourful costumes, music and dance filled the streets after the […]

Embassy car in fatal crash

A car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Oslo crashed into the metal railings of a tram stop in the Norwegian capital’s Frogner/Skillebekk district late Wednesday night. One of the two people in the car was killed, while the other injured. Oslo police were reluctant to detail circumstances surrounding crash, which occurred shortly after midnight […]

New DNB boss defends court appeal

Kjerstin Braathen, the new chief executive of Norway’s biggest bank DNB, has spoken warmly of how important customers are. She’s prepared, however, to meet representatives for thousands of them in court after the bank decided to appeal its loss in the country’s biggest class-action suit ever. “It’s never nice to meet our customers in court,” […]

Deported refugee family returns

Four members of a refugee family who were controversially deported during the weekend were on their way back to Norway Tuesday. The mother of the family was returned already on Sunday, for health reasons, and then Afghan authorities refused to accept her three children. That came as a huge relief to their Norwegian supporters in […]

Frøya leaders give up windmill fight

Local leaders on the windswept island of Frøya in northwestern Norway have dropped their battle against construction of large windmills aimed at providing a source of renewable power. They felt they had to concede defeat after the national government gave the nod to a final approval. The Frøya politicians had initially been positive to development […]

Leak may have set off hydrogen explosion

A preliminary report on the hydrogen explosion at a filling station in Sandvika earlier this month ties it to a leak in a high-pressure storage tank. The report was conducted by security consultancy Gexcon for Nel ASA, the company that developed the technology at the filling station. Police have said their own report on the […]