Kongsberg’s victims’ names released

Police in Kongsberg, the small historic city that was stunned by what most call a senseless massacre last week, released the names during the weekend of the five people killed. All are now believed to have been random victims of a mentally disturbed assailant. All lived in an old section of the city full of […]

Small protest party wins seat in Parliament

A small party formed just a few months with the sole purpose of getting the state to build a hospital in the northern city of Alta managed to win a seat in Parliament in Monday’s election. The party’s founder was as surprised as anyone. Irene Ojala started gathering signatures for her prospective party, called Pasientfokus […]

Hospital nurses remain on strike

Norwegian nurses working at state-run hospitals remained on strike heading into the weekend, even after their colleagues at the local level were ordered back to work. The state nurses may also wind up being forced into compulsory arbitration, if their strike is deemed to pose a threat to life and health. “We really don’t have […]

More teachers and nurses go on strike

UPDATED: More than 600 teachers, day care workers and health care professionals in Oslo have joined 7,390 others who went on strike around Norway Thursday morning, after they failed to win the pay raises they claim they deserve. Their leader admitted it’s “extra difficult” to strike in a pandemic, and stressed that Corona care would […]

Infection rate now outpaces Sweden’s

Norway has had among the lowest Corona infection rates in Europe, and much lower than in neighbouring Sweden. Not anymore. That changed over the weekend and on Monday, another Norwegian died, raising fears of tougher restrictions to stop the spread. “The situation is serious,” said Bergen Mayor Roger Valhammer, who was gravely serious himself at […]

Corona testing fails to meet demands

None of Norway’s major cities meets new Corona virus testing demands, and state Health Director Bjørn Guldvog fears Oslo is losing control over how infection is spreading. Lots of other municipalities in Norway are also struggling to test at least 5 percent of their resident population per week. “I’m uneasy,” Guldvog told newspaper Aftenposten on […]

Nurses want more than applause

Norwegian nurses been flattered by applause from the public, praise in the media and even a video greeting of gratitude last week from Queen Sonja. That doesn’t pay the rent, though, and Norway’s national nurses’ union isn’t ruling out a strike this fall if their pay growth declines. “We expect a wage settlement that reflects […]

More protective garments arrive

New supplies of protective garments and gear for medical personnel were being trucked out to hospitals all over Norway on Monday. Included among the replenishments is around a million face masks. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among those relieved, after concerns of looming shortages as the Corona virus spreads and more patients are admitted to […]

Norway shuts down to control Corona

Restaurants, cafés, bars, schools, day care centers and many companies all over Norway were being urged if not ordered to close or dramatically limit operations on Thursday afternoon. Prime Minister Erna Solberg candidly admitted that new preventive measures aimed at controlling the spread of the Corona virus are the “strictest and most invasive” imposed on […]

No Birkebeiner as Corona spreads

The Corona virus has “entered a new phase” in Norway, public health officials declared Tuesday evening. New cases can’t be traced to infection abroad, and now even the traditional Birkebeiner ski race has been cancelled to discourage crowds and hinder the virus from spreading. As the number of Norwegians infected with Corona hit 277, much […]