Highlights from an historic political day

SEE THE PHOTOS: First Norway’s finance minister declared that the country had emerged from last year’s economic crisis caused by the Corona virus. Then he presented a state budget full of new climate and tax proposals, before Prime Minister Erna Solberg formally acknowledged that their eight-year term was over and that she, Sanner and the […]

Parliament designed to hail democracy

Norway’s Parliament (Stortinget) opened for its 166th session on Monday, amidst all the traditional pomp and patriotism. The director of the National Museum described during the weekend, meanwhile, how the building itself was designed to symbolize democracy. Its architect, Emil Victor Langlet, opted against a large, rectangular building that didn’t seem open to the public. […]

The new Parliament must redeem itself

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway is undergoing a major change in leadership this week, not least at the Parliament (Stortinget). Its newly elected six-member presidential cabinet that leads Parliament faces one of the biggest jobs of all: Regaining public confidence after Members of Parliament (MPs) have been exploiting their own generous pay and benefits for years.  An MP […]

‘We agree we can form a government’

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Center Party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum could finally walk out of a hotel north of Oslo and announce Friday afternoon that they’d agreed on a government platform. “Our message is that we are ready to form a new goverment next Thursday,” Støre told reporters. “We have finished many […]

Christian Democrats may be resurrected

Norway’s deeply troubled Christian Democrats Party became a shadow of its former self in the recent election, winning just 3.8 percent of the vote and only three seats in Parliament. The party may, however, find that a new Labour-Center government can be an interesting partner and path to revival. The Christian Democrats, under former leader […]

Government talks resume in Hurdal

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre is meeting again this week with his Center Party counterpart, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, in an effort to form a new left-center government. Støre claimed upon arriving at their hotel in Hurdal Monday morning that they’ve already settled many issues and aim to start working on a platform document. “A […]

It’s business as usual for Norway’s oil

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s new prospective leaders have already reinforced the country’s image as a wealthy oil nation with no intention of halting the flow of its own riches to save the climate. Economic growth appears once again to be much more important than tackling climate change, even as another UN climate summit looms later this […]

Oil polluted talks for a new government

Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) has pulled out of talks to form a new majority left-center government, after the Labour and Center parties refused to alter their pro-oil policy or accept SV’s proposals for lower emissions, protection of the environment and stricter tax policy. It’s a big defeat for Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre, who […]

Norway reopens but pandemic not over

Eighteen months after she had to shut down Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg could finally give her health minister Bent Høie a hug. Solberg led the country through the Corona virus crisis and can now scrap most restrictions still in place, but not all. “Even though everyday life will be like normal for most people, […]

Solberg wrapped up her ‘farewell tour’

Norway’s outgoing prime minister, Erna Solberg, spent most of this past week on her last major official trip abroad. She and her foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide bowed out on the international stage at the UN General Assembly in New York, before both return to their seats in Parliament when a new Norwegian government takes […]