Grocers may win border trade battle

Norwegian grocery stores have been thriving during the Corona crisis, after closed borders and Covid-19 restrictions prevented Norwegians from driving over the border to shop in Sweden. Now other moves are afoot to keep Norwegians shopping at home as the battle over border trade rages once again. Thousands of Norwegians living within an hour or […]

Border control remains strict

Traffic over the border to Sweden increased by 18,000 vehicles over the weekend, after Norwegians finally were allowed to drive to the neighbouring region of Värmland. Everyone returning, mostly from shopping trips, is still being stopped and questioned as state officials try to retain control over Corona infection rates. Drivers and their passengers are asked […]

Shopping in Sweden can be punished

The Norwegian government went ahead with imposing new regulations on Friday that can crack down hard on Norwegians who drive over the border to shop in Sweden. Not only do they face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival back in Norway, they’ll now be denied sick pay while in quarantine. “It’s unreasonable that people who consciously […]

Scores go defiantly shopping in Sweden

Police and customs agents at Norway’s biggest border crossing point say they were surprised and disgusted that so many Norwegians defied government advice and drove into Sweden on Wednesday to go shopping. “They just didn’t care, and that’s very disappointing to see,” Wenche Fredriksen, chief of the border crossing at Svinesund, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). […]

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 […]