Auditor slams oil safety regulator

Environmental activists were alarmed this week, after Norway’s state auditor general’s office all but blasted Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (Petroleumstilsynet, PTIL) for not doing a better job. The highly critical report of the regulatory agency, which was even worse than environmental activists had expected, comes just as Norway’s Oil Ministry has granted a record number […]

Happy New Year from Oslo to you

The sun actually shone over Oslo on New Year’s morning, in contrast to the storms lashing other areas of Norway. With the hope of brighter days ahead, we wish our readers a “Godt nytt år!” A view of the Oslo Fjord, taken along Kyststien (the coastal trail). PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Brilliant colours for the holiday season

PHOTO FEATURE: Norwegians celebrated the winter solstice nearly as much as the arrival of the Christmas and New Year holidays. As the days get longer again, the sunsets can be spectacular, offering an opportunity for quiet reflection as julefreden (Christmas peace) settled over the country. Fall and winter are still referred to as mørketiden (the […]

Wanted after Oslo murder and robbery

It’s highly unusual for police in Norway to publicly identify crime suspects or those charged with crimes, much less issue photos of those sought for questioning. They’ve made an exception in the case of a murder and a robbery at knifepoint in Oslo this week, which police now believe are connected. This man was being […]

Storm warnings raised to red alert

Norway’s state meteorologists raised storm warnings to their highest level, so-called “red alert,” on Friday, as a potentially fatal system of extreme weather bore down on the southern part of the country. Residents were urged to stay indoors, while several schools and children’s day care centers were closing early. Heavy rain was pouring down on […]

Hurricane warnings up for West Coast

State meteorologists were issuing warnings on Wednesday for another round of unusually strong winds during the evening and night ahead. Hurricane-force winds were predicted along parts of Norway’s west coast, along with some “scary” winds up the Oslo Fjord. “We expect that these winds will cause some problems,” meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told weather website […]

Storm warnings posted from Friday

State meteorologists were warning of a sudden interruption to the warm, sunny weather that returned to much of Southern Norway on Thursday. It’s forecast to be replaced Friday morning by extremely strong, even dangerous winds, and rain. “Avoid going outdoors when it’s storming the worst,” Tone Christine Taule at the state meteorological institute in Bergen […]

Farmers appeal to Solberg for help

Apparently not satisfied with the public assistance already offered by Norway’s agriculture minister, the country’s two largest farming organizations have now “invited” Prime Minister Erna Solberg to visit farms stricken by the recent drought. They want her to see their “crisis” first-hand herself. “Many of our members are now in despair,” said Lars Petter Bartnes, […]

Russians fire back at defense chief

Officials at the Russian Embassy in Oslo are none too pleased that Norway’s defense chief, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, thinks Russia is getting “far more assertive.” After first declining comment, they’re now accusing Bruun-Hanssen of being behind a “primitive, anti-Russian propaganda machine.” In special summer radio interview aired nationwide on Thursday by state broadcaster NRK, Bruun-Hanssen […]

Data trouble halted Oslo’s metro system

After standing still for around two hours Wednesday morning, the Oslo area’s sprawling metro system (T-bane) finally began rolling around 11am but trouble remained and delays continued. Metro officials at operating agency Sporveien claimed there was no indication the system was hit by a cyber attack. “There’s nothing suggesting that now,” Sporveien spokesman Cato Asperud […]