Coach charged with assaulting boys

A reportedly well-known Norwegian athletics leader and coach from Hedmark County is suspected of sexually assaulting dozens of boys over the past 30 years. He’s been formally charged with nine assaults, including attempted rape, and several of his victims were young asylum seekers put under his care. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday afternoon that police […]

Sparks still flying over migration pact

Norway, as expected, formally supported the UN’s new international pact to handle migration this week, but Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide still had to defend it in Parliament, against complaints from one of her own government partners. Opposition politicians claim the Progress Party’s challenge was simply a staged promotion of its own long-standing opposition to […]

Indictment reveals refugees at risk

A shocking indictment that charges a former top Norwegian official with abusing his role to obtain sexual favours from asylum seekers is prompting urgent calls for better protection and care of some of the most vulnerable young people in Norway. The indictment has severely shaken politicians and administrators alike, and been branded as nothing less […]

Former minister under indictment

A former Member of Parliament and government minister for the Conservative Party, who later became a county governor in Northern Norway, has been indicted on charges he misused his position to acquire sexual contact with young men. Svein Ludvigsen, who retired in 2014, denies all the charges against him. It’s unusual for Norwegian media to […]

Budgeted refugees ‘not nearly enough’

Several humanitarian organizations don’t think Norway’s conservative government has budgeted for nearly enough refugees next year. They want Norway to accept, and finance, far more than the 3,000 proposed in the state budget. The 3,000 so-called kvote-flyktninger (refugees certified and sent to various countries by the United Nations) is more than the 2,120 taken in by […]

Asylum murder suspect held in custody

An 18-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan, charged with murdering two other young asylum seekers in Trondheim earlier this week, has been ordered held in police custody while also recovering from a gunshot wound sustained while police were trying to arrest him. A fourth young Afghan man who was seriously injured in the attacks, has been […]

Asylum murders shock Trondheim

UPDATED: Two young asylum seekers were murdered and a third badly injured in a case of extreme violence that was unfolding in Trondheim on Tuesday. Police have charged a fourth young asylum seeker with the double homicide that’s left local authorities shocked and baffled. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday morning that two city employees in […]

Somalians most satisfied among immigrants

After years of struggling to integrate and being branded as a “problem” group among immigrants in Norway, Somalians now rank as among those most satisfied with their quality of life. A new study by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) placed them at the top of the list, followed by immigrants from Sri Lanka and […]

Mullah Krekar appears in brown cheese

The annual and often controversial autumn art exhibition known as Høstutstilling has opened in Oslo again, where one piece of art is grabbing particular attention. It’s a bust of Norway’s most troublesome refugee, Mullah Krekar, sculpted from a block of brown goat cheese. Artist Ole Johan Aandal, age 58, claims his sculpture is meant to […]

Critics bash treatment of Somalian refugees

The Norwegian government has determined that Somalia is now safe and instructed immigration officials to deport Somalian refugees who no longer need protection. That’s set off a wave of criticism and complaints from refugee advocates who strongly disagree. Around 1,600 Somalian refugees who lack permanent residence status are the most vulnerable to deportation, and have […]