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Støre accused of more ‘blah, blah…’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Halfway through the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Norway is still mostly throwing more money at others to cut emissions while literally fueling them at home. The oil-producing country's new government may even get away with...

‘Trump threatens democracy’

That was the headline Monday on the main editorial of Norway's largest newspaper, Aftenposten, long considered the country's conservative newspaper of record. By stirring up "even more doubt about the (US) election process," President Donald Trump is "causing great...

Corona crisis unity dissolves into chaos

NEWS ANALYSIS: National crises often bring people and political rivals together. Less than four months after uniting during the Corona crisis, however, the gloves came off and political chaos descended on Parliament before it recessed for the summer holidays. Longstanding...

Battling ‘ableism’ along with racism

COMMENTARY: A vision-impaired doctoral candidate at Oslo Metropolitan University questions how a country like Norway, which scores high on the Human Development Index, isn't more open, inclusive and enlightened on integrating people with impairments into society. It's time, he...

Debate rises over Corona measures

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Norway's government struggles to fine-tune its battle plan against Corona, and relies on a strong sense of Norwegian solidarity, it also finds itself battling a multitude of critics who reckon that current measures to contain the...

Oil Fund ‘sell-off’ sends mixed signals

NEWS ANALYSIS: Political intrigue fueled the Norwegian government's decision just before the weekend to sell off stock in companies devoted to oil exploration and production. The decision grabbed lots of attention it may not have deserved, and sends mixed...

Norway’s ‘Posten’ self-destructs

NEWS COMMENTARY: Norway's postal service (Posten) seemed to continue its march towards self-destruction of traditional services this week, when it confirmed consolidation of all letter sorting for Southern Norway at its Lørenskog terminal northeast of Oslo. Hundreds of people...

Conflicts fly behind ‘Green Capital’ year

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oslo's political leaders were basking in the spotlight on Friday, ready to officially kick off the city's year of being hailed as Europe's "Green Capital" in 2019. Muttering in the background are critics who claim it's all...

Solberg’s speech ‘catered to KrF’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg was widely seen as trying to appeal to the Christian Democrats Party (Kristelig Folkeparti, KrF) in her annual New Year's address to the nation. It dwelled heavily on the value of children and family...

Security issues hit Solberg’s coalition

NEWS ANALYSIS: The past few week's political storm over errant government minister Per Sandberg was supposed to die down on Tuesday, but was leaving lots of damage in its wake. Opposition politicians are milking it for all its worth,...

Paradox of the monarchy lives on

NEWS ANALYSIS: Many a paradox in Norway has been pointed out of late, not least  the country's conflicting roles as both oil producer and environmental advocate. Its constitutional monarchy in a country that otherwise prides itself on being egalitarian, however,...

Ministers silent on Nobel winner’s fate

NEWS ANALYSIS: It's been two days since news broke that China's Nobel Peace Prize winner, dissident Liu Xiaobo, had finally been released from prison, but only because he's terminally ill and needed hospitalization. Since then, not even the current Norwegian...

Sami question the pace of their progress

NEWS ANALYSIS: Sami peoples were gathering in Trondheim this week to mark the 100th anniversary of the Nordic countries' indigenous peoples' first showing of national political solidarity. Their most troublesome issues in Norway remain the same, however, and that has raised questions over...

‘Arrogance’ ruins sports reputation

NEWS ANALYSIS: As news broke Monday that skiing star Therese Johaug had herself overlooked a clear doping warning on a package of lip salve, it's not just Norway's skiers who are suffering a sharp loss of credibility. The country's...

Battles fly from boxing to budget

NEWS ANALYSIS/UPDATED: It's entirely unclear whether Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her government will still be standing when Norway's Parliament re-opens next autumn. Not only did she need to fend off complaints over her support for boxing just after this year's...

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