Record-high electricity prices spark concern

Norwegians accustomed to relatively reasonable electricity prices, because of all their waterfalls and hydro-electric energy, are sizzling over the biggest bills they’ve ever seen at this time of year. The reason: little rain, little wind and little water in reservoirs. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported over the weekend how the water level in one reservoir in […]

Unemployment rate falls again

More signs have emerged that Norway’s economy has recovered quickly after the worst of the Corona pandemic. Unemployment numbers for August show the jobless rate falling even lower than the central bank’s optimistic outlook. There were 11,500 fewer people in Norway who were totally out of work last month than in July. A total of […]

All police get electric shock weapons

The Norwegian government has decided that police on patrol all over the country can now be equipped with electric shock weapons. A pilot program involving special forces and four police districts was such a success that the justice ministry is extending it nationwide on a permanent basis. A ministry evaluation determined that  electric shock weapons, […]

High temperatures set new record

It’s not common for Norwegians to be enjoying warm, summerlike weather in September, but many residents of southern Norway are still walking around in shorts and eating meals outdoors. A temperature reading of 28.6C (around 85F) in Drammen on Wednesday broke records as the warmest September day in 20 years. A total of 11 weather […]

Strike in cultural sector drags on

More performances were cancelled at theaters and the opera in Norway, after a strike by workers in the cultural sector expanded and dragged into its second week. A total of 435 workers were out on picket lines heading into the weekend, demanding better pension benefits. The strike does not involve actors, dancers, singers or musicians, […]

Haaland dominated World Cup qualifier

Even the world’s biggest football stars can’t match the recent performance of Norway’s Erling Braut Haaland as a highly praised member of the country’s men’s national football team. It all but crushed Gibraltar’s team in the lastest World Cup qualifier, with Haaland scoring three of Norway’s five goals. “The numbers speak for themselves,” team captain […]

‘Tough’ flu season looms

As if the spread of the Corona virus wasn’t enough: Now Norwegian health authorities are worrying about what they fear could be a much tougher flu season than the country has seen for several years. All health care workers, everyone aged 65 and over plus those with chronic illnesses are being urged to vaccinate themselves […]

Man held for threatening Labour

Police in Trondheim have arrested a man in his 60s after he threatened members of the Labour Party’s youth organization AUF. His threats and assault on a 20-year-old AUF member came after a party leader debate last week. Several AUF members had gathered outside the debate venue to congratulate Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre. […]

‘Cold Case’ unit cracks open old murders

New technology and help from a relatively new “Cold Case” group within the Norwegian police contributed to the surprise arrest last week of a new suspect in two murder cases, one of them committed 26 years ago. The man now charged is a repeat sex offender whose DNA prompted police to take him into custody. […]

Strike in cultural sector enters sixth day

A total of 220 opera, theater and orchestra employees in Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger remained on strike this week, forcing cancellation of performances that only recently had started up again after Corona shutdowns. At issue are disputed pension plans. Among state-supported institutions affected are the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Det Norske Teatret and the National […]