Oil Fund tapped for more crisis aid

Norway’s government is once again dipping into the country’s huge sovereign wealth fund to cover billions worth of more financial aid for Corona crisis-hit businesses, local governments and individuals. Opposition politicians are keen to dip even deeper, to preserve jobs and ward off bankruptcies. “We are lucky in Norway, very, very lucky,” Finance Jan Tore […]

Norway closing to most non-residents

The Norwegian government closed the country’s borders from midnight Thursday to nearly everyone who doesn’t live in the country. The goal is to ward off imported Corona virus infection, especially the new British strain that’s out of control over much of Europe. “In practice this means that the borders will be closed to all who […]

Norway expands Corona restrictions

The Norwegian government has expanded the region in which tough new Corona virus containment measurements will apply, to include 15 more municipalities in the greater Oslo area. It opted to allow the reopening, however, of all outlets of the state wine and liquor monopoly Vinmonopolet. The latter relaxation “wasn’t an easy decision to make,” admitted […]

10 regions shut including Oslo

Health Minister Bent Høie ordered a new Corona shutdown on Saturday that includes schools, day care centers, restaurants and most all stores including the state liquor monopoly Vinmonopolet in 10 Norwegian municipalities. The shutdown affecting around a million people is aimed at eliminating the new British strain of the Corona virus that’s both highly contagious and […]

Political posturing infects Corona rules

NEWS ANALYSIS: Four opposition parties in Parliament stirred up a fuss this week after joining forces to defy and even overturn national rules aimed at halting the spread of the Corona virus. The opposition politicians claim they were just doing their job of challenging the government, while their critics retort they were merely trying to grab […]

Norway wishes Biden the best

King Harald V was quick to send a congratulatory message to the new US President Joe Biden, while Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran non-stop direct coverage of Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Biden has won a warm welcome in Norway, where public interest in the recent US turbulence has been enormous. Most were still breathing sighs of […]

Government gives up its ban on drinks

Pressure from opposition parties in Parliament all but forced Norway’s Conservatives-led government coalition to drop its nationwide ban on serving alcoholic drinks from Friday. Now local officials will be able to decide for themselves if restaurants can, for example, offer wine with dinner. Health Minister Bent Høie of the Conservatives confirmed Tuesday evening that the […]

Erna retains tough anti-infection rules

Still shaken by the post-holiday spike in Covid-19 infection in Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg is extending most of the “social shutdown” rules her government imposed right after New Year. There will be some easing of visitation rules at home, but Solberg still sees a pressing need for strict regulations to keep infection from spreading. […]

Government seeks curfew permission

Alarmed by the prospect of a third wave of Corona infection, the Norwegian government has proposed imposing curfews for the first time. The proposal calls for ordering Norwegians to mostly remain indoors for as long as 21 days, but Justice Minister Monica Mæland hopes it won’t be necessary. The proposal from the health ministry comes […]

Premier retains her popularity

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been firmly guiding Norway through its worse crisis since World War II during the past year, and that’s clearly maintained her popularity among Norwegian voters. Fully 53 percent favour her over the opposition’s candidate for prime minister, and her Conservative Party remains the largest in the land. The numbers confirmed […]