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Nobel Peace Prize winners demand justice for war crimes

Russia's war on Ukraine is far from over, neither is the "unseen war" within Belarus, but representatives of those awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting human rights in all three countries are already demanding that their oppressors be...

Warnings fly around the government

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and his finance minister, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, have been warning about tough times ahead for months. Now the public seems to be warning them: Another new poll has given opposition parties a solid majority in...

Teachers’ strike deadlocked

A major strike by teachers nationwide spread again on Monday, with 8,450 teachers currently out on picket lines and another 100 set to be pulled out of classrooms in Stavanger next Monday. The strike remains deadlocked despite several efforts...

War diverts cruiseships to Norway

Norway's northern city of Kirkenes has lost some expected cruiseship visits this summer because it's located so close to the Russian border. The rest of the country, however, is bracing for record-high cruise traffic since vessels can't or won't...

Military whistle blowers feel ignored

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has unveiled more than 70 cases of how officers in Norwegian defense forces have been the target of serious complaints, but they often avoid any consequences. Those brave enough to blow the whistle on everything from...

Water warnings high despite rain

Some welcome rain over Southern Norway in the past few days has reduced forest fire danger but water shortages loom, especially in Oslo. Not only was last month the driest April in 122 years, a combination of other factors...

Norway’s ‘russ’ on the loose

NEWS ANALYSIS: As if the Russians weren't enough to worry about: Fear and loathing have also been running high this spring over Norway's graduating high school students known as russ (roughly pronounced "roose"). Teachers, health care officials, police and...

Meeting of minds, Munch and metal

Oslo's new Munch museum, now called simply MUNCH, has unveiled the rumbling result of an unusual encounter between artists: Norway's greatest painter, Edvard Munch, and one of the country's best-known black metal bands, Satyricon. The exhibition, called Satyricon & Munch, opened...

Norway will welcome Sweden and Finland into NATO

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is ready to welcome Sweden and Finland into NATO, after both countries indicated interest in applying to join the defense alliance. Støre concedes their prospective membership would further raise tensions between the Nordic countries...

Bomb shelters get overdue attention

It's been decades since Norwegians and their political leaders thought much about the need for bomb shelters. They're thinking about it now, after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and finding that their existing shelters' capacity and condition leave much to...

Ukrainian refugees unusually welcome

Norway has long had strict asylum and immigration policy, but is now literally opening its arms to Ukrainian refugees and rushing to accommodate them. After some prodding from Parliament, the Labour Party-led government is also poised to offer group...

Defense minister in quarantine

UPDATED: Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen has been among those forced to stay home these days. His ministry confirmed on Tuesday that he's had to cancel meetings because he may have been exposed to the Corona virus, and then exposed others...

Corona spoils the Holmenkollen party

One of Norway's biggest outdoor parties of the year has been spoiled at the last minute, after local authorities ordered a shutdown of all arenas for Oslo's annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival and World Cup competition this weekend. The ski...

Norway loses a ‘national treasure’

Jahn Teigen was mostly known as a pop singer, perhaps even a laughable one at that, not least when he dressed up in skeleton costumes or green tights. He became all but immortal for scoring zero points when representing...

Happy holidays to all of our readers

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is likely among those hoping to enjoy a few days of "julefred" (Christmas peace) this week, after a particularly turbulent year. Grey and rather gloomy, rainy weather over much of the country wasn't helping much...

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