Latest Corona-related news in brief:

NORWEGIANS HAVE BEEN TRAVELING TO SOUTHERN EUROPE even though they may face quarantine upon return. Outbreaks of the Delta strain of the Corona virus have been turning several countries orange and red, but travel bureaus aren’t reporting many cancellations. The first charter tours in 16 months started taking off last week to Spain’s Canary Islands, […]

Emissions lower than initially calculated

Closed borders, empty airports and grounded flights during the Corona pandemic haven’t had a major effect on carbon emissions, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), but emissions last year are lower than previously stated. That’s because of an error in calculating Norwegian carbon emissions. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported last […]

‘Delta’ fears delay Norway’s reopening

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her government have decided not to move forward with the next phase of their program to ease Corona virus-related restrictions. “We choose to wait until we see how the mutated Delta strain of the virus affects the (infection) situation,” Solberg said at a press conference on Monday. The move comes […]

Travel restrictions ease around EU

Now even Norwegians who are fully vaccinated, or already been sick with the Corona virus, can travel around most of Europe much more simply. Norway’s strict rules are being harmonized with those of the EU, which lists far more of its member nations as “green” than Norway has. EU Corona certificates that took effect July […]

Norway continues careful reopening

Faced with rising criticism over its still-strict border control, the Norwegian government is easing some of its entry rules aimed at keeping Corona infection out of the country. That will allow some foreigners and returning Norwegian easier access, but rules remain highly complicated and subject to change at any time. “This is all about maintaining […]

Crown Prince keen for early vaccination

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has accepted an offer from the government to be vaccinated against the Corona virus ahead of schedule. The Royal Palace was allotted 11 extra vaccine doses and the 48-year-old crown prince is among those now poised to get a shot. The government’s decision to earmark 500 vaccine doses for Members of […]

Professors warn against reopening

Bars and restaurants in Oslo could start reopening on Wednesday, with the rest of the country opening up even more from Thursday, but not everyone is happy about it. Several infection experts are warning that it could all lead to a fourth wave of the Corona virus and its new mutations. “Nationwide liberalization is, in […]

Bergen International Festival can open

A slimmed-down version of Norway’s annual Bergen International Festival is getting ready to open to both live audiences and those clicking in digitally. Events will be held indoors and outdoors, after organizers struggled to satisfy Corona-related restrictions. “We’ve had some challenging months, with lots of uncertainty and many changes,” said festival chief Anders Beyer, who’s […]

New vaccine plan hailed and railed

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s announcement that her government will stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine, make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine optional and shake up Norway’s entire vaccination program was getting a mixed reaction Wednesday evening. Young Norwegians aged 18-24 were glad they’ll be getting priority, but many cities don’t want to give up their vaccine […]

Experts: Drop J&J and AstraZeneca

A state commission made up of health care experts advised the Norwegian government on Monday to make its suspension of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines permanent. The commission, however, proposed that the government could still make both Corona vaccines available to Norwegians who want to take them on a voluntary basis. Use […]