Sparks fly over Finnmark mining

While local elected officials were celebrating with cake, protests poured in over the Conservative state government’s decision on Thursday to finally allow mining operations on a mountain plateau in Finnmark. It’s expected to generate 300 new jobs in the area, but can also disrupt Samis’ reindeer grazing while dumping debris and tailings into the fjord […]

China’s ambassador leaves in a storm

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway since 2016, is due to bid farewell King Harald V on Friday and leave the country, just after Norwegian intelligence agencies have branded China as a major security threat. The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has refuted and harshly criticized the warnings, while the Norwegian government has also been criticized […]

Diplomatic dispute hits ‘Barnevernet’

A diplomatic dispute that’s erupted between Norway and Poland is expected to force new debate over Norway’s child protection agency (Barnevernet), which itself has been embroiled in conflicts for years. One foreign policy expert calls the current diplomatic stand-off “spectacular,” and said it can be relevant for all foreign families living in Norway. The dispute resulted […]

Police release politician from custody

A Progress Party politician charged with raping a woman after the annual meeting of the party’s Rogaland chapter earlier this month has been released from police custody. He has formally denied any criminal guilt and it’s now up to a prosecutor whether he’ll be indicted. The politician, whose identity has not been made public, underwent […]

Prime minister’s spouse fends off cancer

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her husband, Sindre Finnes, were on Norway’s national newscasts Tuesday night, urging everyone watching to check any changes in their skin. He and Solberg revealed this week how he received a cancer diagnosis just before the Christmas holidays. “The word kreft (cancer, in Norwegian) is always so frightening,” Solberg told […]

Norway and Poland in diplomatic duel

Years of new and rising tension between Norway and Poland seemed to reach the boiling point this week, after Norway expelled Poland’s consul and Poland responded by ousting one of Norway’s diplomats. It’s the latest trouble to emerge between allies within the European Economic Association (EEA), the EU and NATO. Norway and Poland have been […]

Grande could escape critics in Berlin

UPDATED: Culture Minister Trine Skei Grande was probably glad she could fly off to hail Norway’s presence at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) just before the weekend. Some Liberal Party colleagues back in Norway were calling for her resignation as party leader, distressed over how voter support has plummeted under her leadership the past few […]

Climate change ravages Svalbard

A new report compiled by Norway’s leading climate researchers predicts much warmer temperatures on the Arctic island group of Svalbard in the years ahead, with more rain, flooding and landslides expected. The report has been described by experts as both “very dramatic” and among the “most frightening” to be released yet. Much of the damage […]

Progress politician charged with rape

A Progress Party politician from Rogaland has been charged with raping a woman in her 20s after a political gathering in Haugesund last weekend. The rape allegedly occurred at a downtown hotel in the West Coast city late Saturday night. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported on the rape Friday and wrote that there were several other […]

Sami celebrations spanned the nation

Sami flags were flying all over Norway on Tuesday as the country’s indigenous people celebrated their own national day. From Oslo’s City Hall to remote areas of Finnmark, more Sami elebrations were planned than ever before. The vast majority were, not surprisingly, taking place in the northern regions of Norway, where the majority of Sami […]