Greater Oslo hits the million mark

More than a million people now live in the greater Oslo metropolitan area, marking the first time Norway can lay claim to an urban center over the million-mark. New statistics released Monday also show that 82 percent of Norway’s population now lives in cities and towns. “Stockholm and Copenhagen can stop boasting,” claimed the leader […]

Thieves raid building sites

Police in Romerike, northeast of Oslo, are investigating several incidents of theft from building sites in the area. Thieves have broken into containers and stolen equipment. Local newspaper Romerikes Blad reported over the weekend that at least seven building sites have been raided in the past week. One site near the Olavsgaard Business Park in […]

More expansion at OSL Gardermoen

Norway’s gateway airport, OSL Gardermoen, is calling in construction crews again. Just a year after opening its new terminal, airport officials see a need to expand the eastern pier that handles flights bound for destinations outside the so-called “Schengen area” of Europe. “Traffic to and from countries outside Schengen has shown considerably larger growth than […]

Chinese get to build new bridge

Norway’s state highway department, Statens vegvesen, has decided that a Chinese construction that submitted the lowest bid to build a bridge in Trøndelag will get the job. Local politicians initially had balked, preferring to award the contract to one of two European firms despite their higher prices. The Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) was […]

Chinese firm wins new stab at bridge

Politicians in Trøndelag have opted to show some “decency” when interpreting their bidding policy. They’re now allowing the Chinese company Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) to continue taking part in competition with two European companies to build a bridge, after the company publicly complained they were being excluded, and set off worries of new […]

Chinese firm fights bridge ‘boycott’

Just six months after top Norwegian politicians mended relations with China, some local ones in the county of Nord-Trøndelag have so angered a Chinese company that it’s threatening legal action. Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) is also accusing the local Norwegian officials of boycotting the company, as fears rise that the conflict can hurt […]

Tourists greeted by building projects

Thousands of tourists arriving in Oslo this summer have been greeted by major construction projects, not least around the busiest and most popular spots in town. Neither City Hall Plaza (Rådhusplassen) nor the area around Oslo’s central train station have been particularly welcoming. The biggest eyesores are found near City Hall, where city officials themselves have landed in trouble […]

Støre accused of double standard

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has run into trouble after newspaper Dagbladet revealed last week that his family firm, Femstø AS, invested in two housing projects in Oslo that employed workers with no labour union contracts, and on terms Støre himself has been fighting. Støre quickly withdrew from the projects, but accusations have continued that […]

Cornerstone finally being laid for new city library

After years of delays, leakage problems and budget overruns, Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen can finally lay down the cornerstone of the city’s new main library at Bjørvika on Friday. The library, called Deichmanske, is rising on the eastern waterfront just behind the Opera House. The entire area is one large construction zone at present, as […]

Building boom may lower housing prices

There were signs of it already, when Norway’s national real estate association revealed its latest batch of sales statistics on Monday: Even though housing prices rose again in Oslo and Akershus, they fell in many areas of the country last month. State statistics bureau SSB thinks the latter trend will start to set in, and that […]