NATO chief also working from home

NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has first-hand experience in dealing with a crisis that forced him out of his office. Now he’s been working from home again along with millions of others all over the world, tackling an attack not from a terrorist this time but from a virus. “My life is affected like everyone […]

Curtain falls for Eurovision entry

Ulrikke Brandstorp was supposed to be Norway’s entry in this year’s annual Eurovision song contest that was cancelled  because of the Corona virus threat. State broadcaster NRK has decided to mount a whole new qualifying round for next year’s Eurovision and offered Brandstorp a spot in its final, but Bransdstorp has turned it down. “As […]

New Oil Fund boss can also cook

The executive board of Norway’s central bank surprised just about everyone on Thursday, when its members named the wealthy Norwegian founder of an investment firm in London as the new chief of the country’s huge sovereign wealth fund. Nicolai Tangen, who also has built up a major art collection in recent years, is trained as […]

Expat psychologist on surviving Corona

Clinical psychologist Nicola McCaffrey has been tending to the needs of expatriates in Stavanger for several years. Now, as the Corona (Covid 19) virus turns everyday life upside down, McCaffrey has written a “Covid 19 Survival Guide” that can help expats cope with tough Norwegian containment measures. As the number of Corona cases increases, “so […]

Krekar to be sent out of Norway

King Harald V did not act on Muslim cleric Mullah Krekar’s appeal of an extradition order to send him to Italy, where he’s been convicted on terror charges and sentenced to 12 years in jail. The defense lawyer for Krekar, also known as Najumuddin Faraj Ahmad, called the king’s refusal to halt the extradition “an […]

Royal appeal from quarantined king

UPDATED: “Our country is in a serious situation that is striking individuals and our entire society,” warned King Harald V on Thursday. As Corona virus infection soared to 621 confirmed cases, up by 163 in the past 24 hours, the monarch urged full and complete cooperation with all special preventive measures being put in place. […]

Defense minister out of quarantine

Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen was back in his office on Thursday, after test results proved he’s not infected with the Corona virus. His suspected exposure to the virus at a meeting in Bergen last week had set off concerns within the entire government. “I’m glad to be declared healthy,” Bakke-Jensen stated in a press […]

Grande hung on as Liberals leader

Trine Skei Grande survived a power struggle that could unseat her as leader of the Liberal Party. A party committee charged with forming a new leadership roster kept her at the top, but only after she rejected all reported calls for her to resign. The committee’s decision to go along with Grande’s own wishes could have […]

Royals wrap up visit to Jordan

King Harald V and Queen Sonja ended a three-day state visit to Jordan on Wednesday, their first official visit to the Middle East. The royal couple hailed Jordan’s efforts to take in thousands of refugees from Syria, and seek solutions to conflicts in the region. Just as debate has reignited over Norway’s refusal to take in […]

Media struggle with shipowner’s suicide

NEWS ANALYSIS: The death last week of Norwegian shipowner Wilhelm Wilhelmsen continues to stir interest, not least after it became known that he took his own life. Norwegian media outlets have a long tradition of not reporting suicides, however, and have thus remained mostly mum even as questions swirl about what will happen to the […]