Jensen branded as being ‘desperate’

Political opponents claim it’s a sign of desperation that Progress Party leader Siv Jensen called them the equivalent of “goddamned socialists” during the party’s annual meeting this weekend. They think the party’s dive in public opinion polls is prompting Jensen to resort to such rhetoric in the run-up to difficult local elections this fall. Jensen, […]

Spy chief candid to the bitter end

In his unusual but typically candid manner, Lt General Kjell Grandhagen told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) last December that he didn’t know how long he’d live after New Year. Terminally ill with bone marrow cancer, the highly decorated career officer and former chief of Norway’s military intelligence agency made it all through the winter, remaining […]

Norway set to ban disposable plastic

This may be the last summer that Norwegians can buy disposable plastic items like spoons, forks, knives and cups for picnics or camping trips. Climate and Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen proposes a ban on sales that may take effect next year, ahead of an EU ban in 2021. “I want to ban sales of these […]

Sylvi’s back, to both cheers and groans

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s scandal-ridden Progress Party needed something to rev up dejected troops at its annual national meeting this weekend, and got it: Prime Minister Erna Solberg reappointed the party’s highly controversial Sylvi Listhaug to her cabinet, just a year after Listhaug was forced to resign as justice minister. “This appointment must either mean that […]

May Day launched election campaigns

Thousands of Norwegians turned out all over the country for traditional workers’ rallies and parades on their May 1st Labour Day holiday. Top city officials in Oslo, meanwhile, used the occasion to launch their political campaigns for re-election this fall. “Dear comrades!” bellowed Raymond Johansen from the podium at Youngstorget, a central square in Oslo […]

Farmers demand more subisidies

Norway’s powerful farm lobby presented record-high subsidy demands of NOK 1.92 billion on Monday. They’re encouraged that they’ll be dealing with a new agriculture minister from the Christian Democrats party this year, who’s viewed as much more farmer-friendly than her recent predecessors from the Progress Party. Agriculture Minister Olaug Bollestad, who also serves as a […]

Lack of humility led to Giske’s fall

NEWS ANALYSIS: Trond Giske, the former government minister and deputy leader of the Labour Party, wielded power and influence in Norway for many years. Now he and his partner Haddy Njie have spoken out for the first time on Giske’s dramatic loss of power and position in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him, […]

MP leaves Progress after new complaint

Norway’s conservative Progress Party confirmed on Friday that it had received another complaint about its controversial Member of Parliament, Ulf Leirstein. It won’t be investigated further, though, because Leirstein had announced earlier in the day that he was leaving the party after 30 years. Leirstein wrote on social media that the last year had “been […]

Equinor slammed again in Australia

Norway’s state oil company Equinor is being accused of making a “sham” out of the public feedback process over its highly controversial oil drilling plans in the rough and deep seas off Australia’s southern coast. It only responded to 13 of around 32,000 public comments in its draft plan for the Great Australian Bight, and […]

Norwegian defense ‘has been weakened’

Only their smiles were perhaps surprising when Norway’s defense chief, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, presented his annual report to Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen this week. It came as no surprise when the former submarine commander had to admit that Norway’s defense was weakened by last autumn’s frigate collision, just as Russian sabre-rattling has worsened security. “The […]