Raja’s back, but party still ‘sick’

The Liberal Party’s arguably most charismatic politician, Abid Raja, has decided he’s well enough again to return to work. Both he and the Liberals’ leader Trine Skei Grande immediately made the media rounds, insisting they’d settled their differences that had made Raja sick, but their alleged reconciliation may not be enough to heal what’s really […]

Parliament approves dual citizenship

UPDATED: It was a big day for long-term expatriates in Norway and Norwegians who’ve moved abroad. After years of debate, a majority in Parliament finally approved dual citizenship in Norway on Thursday for all those who have strong ties to both their homeland and their country of residence. “I think this is a day of […]

Justice minister threatened

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) is investigating threats lodged against Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara of the conservative Progress Party. Both his family car and their home have been hit by taggers, and someone also apparently tried to set the car on fire. “PST can confirm that an investigation has begun into threats […]

Solberg survives anti-terror critics

Prime Minister Erna Solberg avoided a lack of confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday over her government’s failure to improve preparedness for a terrorist attack. She did have to accept the toughest criticism the Parliament can otherwise dish out. State broadcaster NRK reported that Solberg, who just returned from a trip to South Africa and […]

Schools urged to offer Christmas services

Norway’s education ministry is urging all schools around the country to offer religious services to their students before the Christmas holidays, or an alternative for students who don’t want to take part in Norwegian (Lutheran) Church services. “It’s great that so many schools already offer students a visit to church in connection with Christmas,” Education […]

Drama behind the state budget talks

They’ve mostly put on smiles for the cameras, but there’s been so much drama and apparent conflict within the Liberal Party that its deputy leader and chief negotiator, Abid Raja, is now out on sick leave. The Liberals’ leader, Trine Skei Grande, has had to publicly apologize after getting caught speaking badly about Raja to […]

Parties withhold own party spending

Members of Parliament were debating next year’s use of the taxpayers’ money on Monday, amidst revelations that several of their own political parties won’t disclose how they spend public funds they’ve received for their parliamentary delegations. Calls are rising for a state audit, not least after the Progress Party was found to have spent the […]

Minister gets tough on grocery chains

The Norwegian government is finally cracking down on grocery retailers and wholesalers who dominate the market and thus, it’s believed, limit competition. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the government minister in charge of business and trade, formally presented 39 measures to Parliament on Friday aimed at making sure the dominant players comply with competition law. Isaksen’s “Report […]

Norway boosts aid to Afghanistan

The Norwegian government is boosting its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by NOK 48 million this year, because of drought and conflict.”The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is now even more demanding because of the drought,” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. She made an unannounced visit to the terror-plagued country last week, and met both Afghanistan’s […]

Ousted Solheim fires back at UN

Erik Solheim was back home in Oslo last weekend, and vigorously trying to defend himself after having to resign as head of the United National Environment Programme (UNEP). He had no choice, after the UN’s secretary general himself told him he had to go. Solheim’s version is that he “had to go because I tried […]