Oil Fund ‘sell-off’ sends mixed signals

NEWS ANALYSIS: Political intrigue fueled the Norwegian government’s decision just before the weekend to sell off stock in companies devoted to oil exploration and production. The decision grabbed lots of attention it may not have deserved, and sends mixed signals about how top Norwegian politicians evaluate the risks of being as involved in the oil […]

Men think women have won equality

Two-thirds of all men questioned in a new survey believe women are equal to men in Norway. Only a quarter of women questioned believe that’s true, however, as the debate over gender equality rolls on. The survey, conducted by research firm Respons Analyse for state broadcaster NRK, was released to coincide with Friday’s March 8th […]

Liberal Party gathers in Hell, in crisis

NEWS ANALYSIS: Embattled politician and government minister Trine Skei Grande was due to literally lead her Liberal Party’s annual meeting into Hell this weekend. The annual meeting, being held at the Hell Hotel near Trondheim, comes just after release of the Liberals’ worst poll results ever, but Grande won’t admit her party is in crisis. […]

Norway won’t help IS fighters home

Norwegian citizens who traveled to the Middle East to fight for or support the brutal Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization can’t expect to be brought home again at taxpayer expense. They’ll have to seek consular assistance themselves from where they are, claims Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. “As the situation is now, we won’t be […]

Forlorn frigate may sail once again

The once-proud Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad is finally back at home port in Bergen, severely gashed and rusting after four months underwater. Raising the sunken frigate, which collided with an oil tanker in early November, has already cost taxpayers dearly and now government officials want to repair it so it can sail again. Naval officers […]

New threats against the justice minister

The state’s police bomb group was sent to the home of Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara during the weekend, after a threatening letter was found in his mailbox. It was the latest in a series of threats made at the minister’s home since late last year. “The letter has been secured and we’re conducting a […]

School climate strikes spread

Elementary, high school and college students in Norway are joining their counterparts abroad in shirking school on Fridays, to rally for the climate and against politicians who they don’t think are doing enough to halt climate change. Thousands were out protesting again this week in front of local City Halls and government buildings, from Kristiansand […]

Labour grew tired of Giske’s conflicts

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre seemed relieved on Friday that the constant controversy around his former deputy, Trond Giske, may finally settle down. Støre made it clear that he thinks Giske showed poor judgment by dancing late at night with young women, as mobile phone cameras rolled, just a year after violating the party’s […]

Labour cancels Giske’s comeback

UPDATED: Politicians and labour officials were reeling once again on Friday over a new video showing the Labour Party’s embattled former deputy leader Trond Giske out dancing with a young woman late at night last weekend. It was the proverbial last straw for Giske, who finally gave up part of his political comeback attempt and then […]

Norway may broker Venezuelan crisis

Speculation is rising that Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and her diplomats are involved in efforts to broker a solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Norwegian government has been criticized for refusing to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s new president, but may have needed to remain impartial. […]