Israeli ambassador challenged on NRK

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, agreed to an exclusive interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on its national nightly newscast Dagsrevyen on Wednesday. Schutz found himself confronted with videos of Israel forces shooting a Palestinian in the back and Israel soldiers cheering after they’d shot another Palestinian demonstrator. Schutz has attracted media attention earlier during […]

Hundreds marched against Israel

Several hundred people turned out Tuesday evening for a demonstration in Oslo against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian areas. After gathering in front of the Norwegian Parliament they marched up to the Israeli Embassy that’s located right behind Norway’s Royal Palace. The demonstration was organized by a Palestinian organization in Oslo to mark Nakba-dagen, the day […]

Israeli ambassador offends Norwegians

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, has stirred up protests from Norwegian political leaders on both the right and the left after he described one of his many Norwegian critics as being “a descendant of Quisling,” the infamous traitor who sided with the Nazis during World War II. The ruling Conservative Party has reacted strongly, […]

Russia expels a Norwegian diplomat

Russian authorities expelled a Norwegian diplomat on Friday who’d been working at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. Russia’s foreign ministry also called in Norway’s ambassador along with those from Sweden, Finland and Denmark, to complain about their own envoys’ expulsions earlier in the week. The Russians’ move was an expected response to Norway’s decision, along with […]

New US ambassador settles in

Norway has a  new US ambassador, after Republicans readily confirmed US President Donald Trump’s choice of a retired rear admiral, Kenneth J Braithwaite. His arrival comes just over a year after the US ambassador’s mansion in Oslo was vacated by Sam Heins, former US President Barack Obama’s envoy. Heins had a short stay in Oslo, […]

Rejected American refugee finally deported

Norwegian authorities ended up having to charter a private aircraft over the weekend and spend around NOK 1 million to forcibly return a former American diplomat to the US after her application for asylum in Norway was rejected. Two attempts to fly the woman back to the US on a commercial airliner failed when she […]

US Embassy confirms sale

The US Embassy in Oslo confirmed the sale this week of the building in Oslo that housed it for nearly 60 years. The embassy moved last spring to a larger and more secure site outside the city center. As reported earlier, the building designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was sold to investment firm Fredensborg […]

US Embassy warns of Trump decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel set off immediate concerns, warnings and protests in Norway that even worry the US’ own embassy in Oslo. The embassy sent out a warning of its own to all US citizens in Norway Thursday morning, cautioning them to be extra careful in the […]

Jerusalem decision sets off warnings

Reaction was swift in Norway to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Norwegian government was quick to state its concerns, while leaders of the opposition in Parliament and wide variety of commentators were harshly critical and even had some warnings of their own. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, […]

Some envoys drop Nobel ceremony

The director of Norway’s Nobel Institute claims there’s “no boycott” of this year’s annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo’s City Hall, but he has confirmed that some of the ambassadors from countries that produce atomic weapons won’t be attending. Their governments are not happy that the Peace Prize has been awarded to the International […]