NAV scandal spoils prosecutor’s debut

Just as he took over his new high-ranking post as Norway’s state prosecutor, Jørn Sigurd Maurud had to declare a conflict of interest. He won’t be able to have anything to do with the legal aftermath of Norway’s biggest welfare and judicial scandal ever, since he lives with the Labour Party politician who was in […]

Government sorry for welfare scandal

Expectations were high when Norway’s government minister in charge of labour and social welfare strode to the podium in Parliament Tuesday morning. Anniken Hauglie responded by issuing an official apology to all those wrongly accused of swindling the welfare system, and she promised full compensation for their losses. Hauglie also promised a full external investigation […]

NAV scandal linked to EØS ignorance

As Norway wrestles with its biggest welfare scandal ever, legal experts claim that the real scandal extends far beyond state welfare agency NAV. They stress that it shows just how poorly Norwegian politicians, bureaucrats and prosecutors understand and interpret the European (EØS) regulations they’re supposed to follow, or what their consequences really are. “This is […]

Storm builds around Norway’s EU deal

Complaints from some of Norway’s biggest labour organizations, combined with no small dose of Norwegian populism, have been fueling dissatisfaction over Norway’s trade deal with the EU. Debate has been fueled by both uncertainty over Brexit and new questions over whether Norway should simply join the EU after all, and thus gain a stronger voice […]

Hungary wants ‘its money’ from Norway

The Hungarian government has been complaining once again that Norway is withholding its majority share of the financial aid the European Economic Area (EEA) countries dole out to Hungary as part of the EEA’a trade agreement with the EU. Norway wants to make sure its financial contribution is delivered to and controlled by civilian organizations, […]

Norway likely to end ‘winter time’

The European Union’s plans to stop switching between standard time and daylight savings time has set off calls to do the same in Norway. Newspapers are already editorializing that Norway should retain the latter, locally known as sommertid, all year long. Summertime is simply much more popular than wintertime, and many Norwegians dread the day […]

Nearly 70 percent still oppose EU membership

A new public opinion poll shows that 67 percent of Norwegians would still vote “no” to membership in the European Union (EU) if a referendum were held today. The strong majority has remained stable at nearly 70 percent for several years. The poll, conducted by research firm Sentio for newspapers Nationen and Klassekampen, also showed […]

EU support rises, but not in Norway

Fully 60 percent of citizens in the European Union (EU) think their various homelands’ membership in the EU is “a good thing,” according to a new survey of public opinion. That’s the highest level in 25 years, but in Norway, the skeptics still prevail. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend on how polling agency Kantar […]

‘Norway First’ in ‘new’ EU strategy

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s foreign ministry chose “Europe Day” this past week to launch the Norwegian government’s new strategy for cooperation with the European Union (EU). It contains many of the same goals and lofty promises for good relations as before, but Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide also revealed that it’s aimed at putting Norway first, […]

ESA sues Norway for discrimination

European competition authorities are taking Norway to court for alleged discrimination against fathers. The ESA (EFTA Surveillance Authority) doesn’t think they get a fair share of Norway’s relatively generous paid parental leave, with mothers having more rights to the money. The issue has been simmering for years, with newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reporting paradoxical flaws […]