Norwegian extremist blocked from UK

A 35-year-old Norwegian man was denied entry into the UK when his flight from Austria landed in London late last week. Tore Rasmussen was determined to present a “serious threat” because of his involvement with the anti-immigration organization Generation Identity (GI). Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Rasmussen is part of the leadership in the British and […]

Concerns rise over border control

Alleged understaffing at Norway’s border patrol stations is raising concerns over border control. Members of Parliament, police and officers at the customs agency itself (Tolletaten) are sounding alarms. “I’m very worried,” Arve Sigmundstad of the Labour Party told news bureau NTB. He claims that customs agency employees have contacted him, since he represents the Østfold district […]

Customs agents score huge drug bust

A large truck from the Netherlands that was stopped in a routine border control was found to be carrying narcotics valued at around NOK 100 million (USD 13 million). It’s the biggest single drug seizure in Norway ever. The semi-trailer was otherwise carrying 32 crates of the plastic clogs known as Crocs. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Center Party wants to reverse sugar tax hike

Taxes on sugar and sugar products were boosted by 83 percent on January 1, and by 42.3 percent on soft drinks and other alcohol-free drinks. The idea was to reduce consumption of sugar, but now some politicians worry the higher taxes will simply encourage more Norwegians to do their shopping in neighbouring Sweden. “We can […]

Grocery stores lose out to border trade

It shouldn’t come as any surprise, but large grocery stores located just over the border in Sweden are cutting into the revenues of Norway’s smaller, more expensive grocery stores. New figures from the retail employers’ national organization Virke show that Norwegian consumers will likely spend NOK 2 billion in Swedish grocery stores this summer alone. Virke […]

Passports needed for trips to Sweden

The terrorist attack that stunned Sweden heading into the weekend has prompted the country to tighten border control. That means Norwegians also need to take their passports with them when crossing the border, even for just an Easter week daytrip for shopping. “My general advice is that everyone traveiling to and from Sweden should have […]

Portions of new border fence may be torn down

A controversial fence being erected on either side of Norway’s border crossing to Russia at Storskog in Finnmark has run into more trouble. Authorities now contend it’s a few centimeters too close to Russia, and may need to be torn down and rebuilt. The Independent Barents Observer reported Monday that no more work will be done […]

Conflicts collide in passport queues

Hapless visitors to Norway and returning residents have become pawns in a conflict that’s reached the boiling point amongst police officers, their superiors and top political officials. At issue are funding and human resources for border patrol at Norway’s gateway airport, where arriving passengers have been facing excessively long waits for passport control. There were even threats […]

Still long lines at passport control

Long lines and delays for both arriving and departing international passengers at Norway’s gateway airport, OSL Gardermoen, have prompted Justice Minister Anders Anundsen to send in reinforcements. The police assigned to such border patrol duty, however, immediately complained that 14 new positions ordered by Anundsen over the weekend aren’t enough. “No, this won’t help when you see […]

Throwing rocks at Russia not allowed

Four Norwegian citizens out sightseeing in Northern Norway were arrested and face heavy fines after they were caught literally throwing rocks at Russia. Police in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark called the rock-throwing over the Norwegian-Russian border a violation of national border laws. Signs in several languages are posted all along the border that Norway […]