More turbulence at Norwegian Air

Less than a month after emerging from bankruptcy and being cleared for a fresh take-off, the new board of long-struggling Norwegian Air decided to dump the airline’s chief executive, Jacob Schram, late Sunday night. On Monday morning Schram had already been replaced by his right-hand man, the airline’s finance director Geir Karlsen. It was the […]

Rates to rise as economy rebounds

Norwegian economists are predicting brighter days ahead and Norway’s central bank is following through with predictions of its own: Interest rates will probably rise in September and a few more times during the next year, but will continue to remain historically low. Norges Bank quickly brought rates down to zero when the Corona crisis first […]

‘State of emergency soon over’ in Oslo

Raymond Johansen, known for being a strict leader of Oslo’s city government, is finally opting to remove most of the remaining Corona restrictions in the Norwegian capital. Residents can soon toss their face masks, be served food and drinks until midnight in bars and restaurants and invite more guests home. “Now we can start to […]

MPs quarrel over vaccination priority

NEWS ANALYSIS: A government decision late last week to give priority in the vaccination queue to Members of Parliament, judges and a few hundred other public officials (including themselves) has set off heated debate. Now several MPs and Health Minister Bent Høie himself have declined the offer to get vaccinated earlier than their age group […]

Oslo finally prepares to open up again

Restaurants, cafés, bar, cinemas, theaters, museums, exercise studios, public swimming pools and other gathering places will finally be allowed to reopen in Oslo next week, after being shut down since early November. Some limitations will still apply, but the leader of Oslo’s city government said Oslo residents will soon be able “to enjoy the city […]

‘Russ’ season worries health institute

Norway’s rowdy graduating high school students known as russ have mostly waited for their partying to begin, because of all the Corona virus restrictions. The government has allowed russ season to begin from the 17th of May, but state health institute FHI worries it can lead to another infection spike. FHI’s top officials have otherwise been […]

Another ‘different’ 17th of May holiday

The Corona pandemic, combined with cold and constant rain, literally put a damper on celebrations of Norway’s national day on the 17th of May. With all parades cancelled and large gatherings banned for the second year in a row, the Royal Family and most everybody else could only hope festivities will be back to normal […]

Government halts expat deportations

The Norwegian government, under pressure from EU authorities and legal experts, is reversing controversial new rules that have restricted entry of people arriving from Great Britain and prevented thousands of expatriates who’ve been living and working in Norway from re-entering the country. The rules have caused distress and financial hardship for at least 2,100 citizens […]

Protests rise over hotel quarantine

Complaints about Norway’s new hotel quarantine rules continue to pour in. They’re supposed to apply to everyone arriving from outside the EU and Schengen areas, but defense personnel, as many as 2,000 foreign service employees, their familes and the diplomatic corps in Oslo are exempt. Both legal and medical experts are now raising objections. Members […]

Norway plots its path out of crisis

Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner admits to a lot of uncertainty regarding prospects for renewed economic growth in Norway. The revised state budget he proposed this week to bring the country out of the Corona crisis was nonetheless getting generally good reviews, despite its record withdrawals from the Oil Fund. “The government is burning through […]