Wage talks break down already

After just three full days of negotiations, wage talks between trade union federation LO and employers’ organization NHO broke down Thursday night. That means the two sides will now take their differences to the state mediator at the end of this month. LO leader Hans Christian Gabrielsen and NHO chief Ole Erik Almlid launched the […]

Ice-mining project wins some support

A small company’s plans to slice ice out of an arm of a Norwegian glacier has won support from a planning commission in Meløy. It voted unanimously on Thursday to move forward with plans to start up exclusive ice cube production, but any actual production is still a long way off. The ice cube project […]

Heads shaking over new ‘Mein Kampf’

A Norwegian publishing firm is reportedly about to release the first new edition of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf in Norwegian since Nazi Germany occupied Norway in 1941. Historians don’t think it’s a good idea. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week that Christhard Hoffmann, a professor of history at the University of Bergen, was asked to […]

Cancer funding drive underway

Volunteers all over the country launched an annual fundraising drive for cancer research this week. The goal is to raise NOK 45 million for more research into some of the deadliest forms of the disease like cancer of the pancreas, liver and gall bladder. Among those pushing for more funding for pancreatic cancer research is […]

Salmonella confirmed in ‘Exotic Mix’

A mixture of dried fruits imported from Italy has been confirmed to contain the salmonella bacteria that likely sickened several Norwegians aged two to 91 earlier this winter. The mixture was pulled from the market on March 6. Investigators interviewing some of those who became ill noticed that three of them had in their homes […]

No suspects in threats against minister

Police and their special intelligence agency PST felt compelled to meet the press in Oslo this week after Norway’s justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara, was threatened yet again over the weekend. They’ve come under criticism for failing to avert attacks on his home. “We are investigating these incidents as our highest priority,” PST director Benedicte […]

Two Norwegian residents missing after crash

A Norwegian Red Cross worker and a French-British woman living in Tromsø were among the 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed en route to Nairobi on Sunday. Both are presumed dead. The Norwegian Red Cross confirmed Sunday evening that Karoline Aadland, who worked for the aid organization’s international division, was on […]

Pollen season starting early

Warm temperatures in February have led to warnings of an early pollen season, with some traces of pollen already drifting around areas of Southern Norway, according to the state asthma and allergy federation (Norges Astma- og Allergiforbund, NAAF). “The first pollen has been registered and the season is in its start phase,” wrote NAAF on […]

PST drops terror charge against Russian

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has confirmed that it has dropped terror charges against a 20-year-old Russian man who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery store in January. The man has been committed to hospital for psychiatric evaluation. The man had shouted that “all Christians should be killed,” and made his stabbing attack look […]

Musk ox shot in Dovre

Seven of Norway’s Arctic musk ox that wander around the mountains of Dovre were shot in a single day this week, part of an effort to reduce the herd by up to 20. Wildlife authorities claim the goal is to ward off “conflicts” within the herds and between the musk ox and people. County officials […]