Norway also bans flights from Britain

UPDATED: Norway remained the last Scandinavian country to allow flights from Great Britain to land, but that ended Monday morning. Health Minister Bent Høie said the new ban will continue for the next two days and may be extended. A new and highly contagious strain of the Corona virus discovered in Great Britain over the […]

Digital Nobel ‘is a call to action’

The Norwegian Nobel Committee couldn’t host its traditionally elegant Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Thursday, and there was none of the pomp and circumstance to hail the winner in Oslo. The Corona pandemic spoiled all that, but the head of the World Food Programme gamely accepted this year’s Peace Prize digitally from the UN organization’s headquarters […]

Rules tighten for entering Norway

Norway is tightening border control but also loosening the rules for the country’s controversial “quarantine hotels.” Travelers from abroad won’t have to spend their first 10 days in one of the hotels if they can document that they’re able to stay in at least the equivalent of a residential unit with its own kitchen and […]

‘Light at the end of the Corona tunnel’

That’s how Norwegian Health Minister Bent Høie expressed reason for optimism on Friday, when announcing that the state will likely be able to offer free Corona virus vaccinations to more than a million Norwegians during the first three months of the New Year. Høie confirmed that Norway is due to receive up to 2.5 million […]

EFTA questions quarantine hotels

Debate has been swirling around Norway’s new “quarantine hotels” that opened last month, right after the country’s Corona virus containment measures were tightened. Now the European Free Trade Association’s surveillance authority (ESA) is questioning whether mandatory quarantine at the hotels complies with its rules that Norway is also obliged to follow. The EU itself is […]

Norway braces for a very different ‘jul’

Christmas trees are in place, there are more holiday lights than ever and Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government is easing some restrictions on social gatherings. The holiday season known as “jul” in Norway won’t be the same, however, with warnings still in place against all large, traditional dinners, parties and travel. “We want everyone to […]

Ski federation drops World Cup races

No Norwegian skiers will be competing in the next rounds of World Cup races in both Davos and Dresden. Corona infection fears are considered too high to risk the travel involved. Norges Skiforbund issued a press release Tuesday in which it stated that it also doesn’t expect any Norwegians to compete in the tough Tour […]

Corona spurs skiers to suspend races

A decision by champion cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo to drop upcoming World Cup races in Davos and Dresden sends “a dramatic signal,” claims commentator and former top skier Fredrik Aukland. Then Klæbo was joined by skier Emil Iversen in the effort to minimize Corona risk, forcing top skiing officials to re-evaluate the risks involved […]

Central bank bosses in Covid quarantine

Nicolai Tangen, the billionaire philanthropist who recently took over as head of Norway’s Oil Fund at the central bank, has tested positive for the Corona virus. Tangen’s boss, Norges Bank Governor Øystein Olsen, is also in quarantine as is the central bank’s Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen, raising questions about whether they’d taken home office orders […]

King and queen in Corona quarantine

King Harald and Queen Sonja were both in Corona quarantine Thursday evening, after an employee at the Royal Palace in Oslo was confirmed as being infected with the Corona virus. The royal quarantine comes just weeks after King Harald underwent a heart operation and was on sick leave through last month. The 83-year-old monarch just […]