‘Embarrassing’ energy plan unveiled

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian government worked hard this week to put the best possible spin on its oil and energy plans for the future, while also learning that Norway’s carbon emissions have actually been higher than previously reported. “This is embarrassing and now it’s full alarm,” claimed the leader of Norway’s chapter of Friends of […]

Voters likely to opt for new government

NEWS ANALYSIS: Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, often branded as a populist leader of his rural-oriented Center Party, finally confirmed his ambitions to be Norway’s new prime minister over the weekend. That still may be a long shot, but public opinion polls now also confirm that the left-center side of Norwegian politics has far more support than […]

Norway drops frigate lawsuit

The Norwegian defense ministry has withdrawn its lawsuit against classification society DNV in the wake of its frigate Helge Ingstad’s sinking in November 2018. The ministry had blamed DNV, but the state’s own accident investigation board later blamed poor training of the frigate’s crew instead. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Thursday on how the defense ministry’s […]

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 […]

Spy scandal soils Parliament’s leader

UPDATED: The president of the Norwegian Parliament, Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, has been subject to scathing criticism after she made sure that an embarrassing report on Norway’s military intelligence agency was kept secret. She’s supposed to champion openness, but her double vote against declassifying the report helped keep the results of a probe into the agency’s […]

Solberg survives Bergen Engines breakdown

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has avoided a lack of confidence vote in Parliament after she and her justice minister, Monica Mæland, apologized for the government’s lack of preparedness regarding the aborted sale of Bergen Engines this spring. That’s mostly because no one wants to unseat her government just 100 days ahead of the September election. […]

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 […]

Earnings boost a sagging Equinor

Twenty years after Norway partially privatized its biggest state-owned firm Statoil, the company now known as Equinor could once again deliver strong first-quarter earnings this week. Now the company needs to boost its reputation, too, after scandals tied to huge losses abroad, accidents, safety concerns, climate and environmental violations, and suspected corruption. Last year was […]

Intelligence agency not so intelligent

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s military intelligence agency known as E-tjenesten has reportedly been rebuked by the Parliamentary commission (EOS) that oversees its activities. The government is intent on keeping EOS’ latest report on the agency’s spying activity secret, though, leading many to wonder what the agency, the military and the government have to hide. EOS’ long-awaited […]

Labour goes after ‘ordinary people’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Members of Norway’s long-troubled Labour Party tried hard to come together during their annual national meeting that extended into the weekend. Reaction was mixed on whether they succeeded: Any return to power in the upcoming election may be based more on the strength of potential government partners than themselves. Labour’s core problems are […]