Solheim stunned by terror in Sri Lanka

Erik Solheim, the former Norwegian politician who spent years brokering peace on Sri Lanka, was among those wondering whether the brutal terrorist group IS was behind the Easter attacks on the island nation. The speculation comes just as the Norwegian government is under pressure to bring home IS widows and their children from refugee camps […]

Russia sentences Berg to 14 years in jail

A Russian court in Moscow found retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg guilty of espionage on Tuesday, and sentenced him to the full 14-year prison term requested by Russian government prosecutors. Berg has opted against filing an appeal, in the hopes Norwegian authorities will find a way to bring him home. The sentence was harsher […]

Errant MP faces police charges

Hege Haukeland Liadal, a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party since 2013, is now facing police charges after she admitted to repeatedly turning in travel expense compensation claims for trips she never took. The Parliament’s administration had to wait to question her until she’d returned this week from a trip to Qatar. Newspaper […]

Royals confronted again, now over oil

For the second time in as many weeks, members of Norway’s royal family have been confronted while abroad with what’s seen as the hypocrisy of Norwegian climate and environmental policy. Crown Prince Haakon was the latest to receive a plea for help, this time in a South Pacific island nation that’s threatened by the carbon […]

Probe launched into frigate’s salvage

The Norwegian Navy’s ill-fated frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was refloated this week, just six weeks after the sunken vessel was raised from the waters of the Hjeltefjord northwest of Bergen. Members of Parliament, meanwhile, have called for an investigation into the salvage operation itself, because of concerns over how it was carried out and its […]

‘Foundation laid for more cooperation’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg described her meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday as “good,” adding that it laid a foundation for further cooperation. Putin claimed he wanted to “focus on the positive” aspects of relations between the two countries that share a border in the far north. “We are good neighbours and […]

Accused spy faces 14 years in jail

A Russian prosecutor asked a Moscow court to sentence retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg to 14 years in prison as his speedy espionage trial wrapped up on Tuesday. Berg stands accused of spying for Norway but claims he was merely an unwitting courier. He’s already been languishing in one of Russia’s most high-security prisons […]

Hopes high before meeting with Putin

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s alleged spy on trial in Moscow on Tuesday wasn’t the only thorny issue as Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg prepared to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon. Political analysts were hoping for improved relations in general after Solberg landed on Russian soil Monday evening for the first […]

Anonymity can aid job applicants

Government Minister Monica Mæland thinks it’s probably much easier for people with names like “Lars” or “Kristin” to get a job in Norway than it is for those with names that suggest non-Norwegian heritage. Her ministry is thus launching a new approach to affirmative action by testing a digital form of anonymous job applications. “In the […]

Labour celebrated Jens and Gro

Jens Stoltenberg had just turned 60 and addressed the US Congress, while the woman who propelled his political career and went on to lead the UN’s World Health Organization, Gro Harlem Brundtland, will turn 80 later this month. What better opportunity for the Norwegian Labour Party to hail two of its most internationally famous former […]