Prime minister’s spouse fends off cancer

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her husband, Sindre Finnes, were on Norway’s national newscasts Tuesday night, urging everyone watching to check any changes in their skin. He and Solberg revealed this week how he received a cancer diagnosis just before the Christmas holidays. “The word kreft (cancer, in Norwegian) is always so frightening,” Solberg told […]

New Year’s babies in Tønsberg and Elverum

Norway’s New Year’s babies arrived at 12 minutes past midnight on January 1st, in both Tønsberg and Elverum. A total of five babies were born with the first hour of 2019. The first two arrived at the same time, a girl in Tønsberg and a boy in Elverum. “It’s always extra special to help deliver […]

Extended sick leave aims to cut it

The Norwegian government, national employers’ organization NHO and major national labour federations have agreed to extend employees’ rights to call in sick, but don’t fear the system will be abused. Rather, enhanced confidence in employees aims to keep them healthier, and reduce the work load on physicians. Workers earlier have been able to call in […]

Multi-challenged man runs for mayor

Torstein Lerhol is a 32-year-old politician for the Center Party who hopes to become the next mayor of Vang, a scenic mountain municipality in Oppland County. He weighs less than 40 pounds and lies in a wheelchair, but doesn’t see that as a problem. “I have joked that the only tasks I don’t think I’ll […]

Government halts nurses’ strike

Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie of the Conservative Party felt compelled on Tuesday to order compulsory arbitration in a wage conflict between private health care firms and striking nurses. That will also halt a lockout Wednesday that would have prohibited all nurses at targeted facilities from going to work. The national nurses’ union (Norsk Sykepleierforbund) had […]

NHO imposes lockout against striking nurses

National employers’ organization NHO took the unusual step on Thursday of declaring a lockout against striking nurses at privately run health care facilities. The nurses have been on strike since October 25, and now accuse NHO of trying to force public authorities to end the strike. Local or state authorities can step in if life […]

Cancer rate highest in Rogaland

More than 33,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in Norway last year, according to new statistics from the state cancer register (Kreftregister). The county where the most incidences of cancer were recorded was Rogaland on the West Coast. The total of new cancer diagnoses nationwide was 33,564, bringing the total number of people living with […]

Norwegians urged to ‘be prepared’

Norway’s state directorate in charge of security and preparedness (DSB) has launched a campaign urging Norwegians to be prepared for a crisis. Last summer’s drought and some recent major storms have set off warnings that Norwegians should be able to cope without electricity, water and communications for at least 72 hours. “We live in a […]

More rape victims are seeking help

Just days after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced a Peace Prize that boosts awareness of sexual violence, comes news that rape remains a major problem in Norway itself. New statistics show a strong increase in the numbers of women seeking help from health centers that receive victims and can secure evidence of their alleged assaults. […]

Hospital protests break out in Oslo

Reality is setting in for Oslo-area residents and their political representatives, that they face losing their biggest local hospital. The state plans to phase out and then shut down Ullevål University Hospital, a sprawling, historic health care institution that’s played a huge role in many Norwegians’ lives, and send all its patients to expanded and […]