Dual citizenship still a few years away

Norway’s conservative coalition government has decided to send a proposal to Parliament that would finally allow dual citizenship on a formal basis. It still may take a few years, however, until the application process is in place. Many foreigners living in Norway and abroad currently have dual citizenship, but they’ve won it as an exception […]

Record number became Norwegian citizens

A total of 21,600 people obtained Norwegian citizenship last year, setting a new record by a wide margin. The number of officially new Norwegians was up by nearly 8,000 over 2016. Fully 80 percent (18,200) of those who applied for and received Norwegian citizenship come from countries outside Europe. That’s not so unusual, since residents […]

Listhaug quits after losing confidence

UPDATED: She’d lost the confidence of a majority in Parliament and would have been held responsible for the collapse of Norway’s conservative coalition government. Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug ultimately suffered the consequences of her controversial behaviour by announcing Tuesday morning that she would resign her cabinet post and instead take one of her Progress Party’s […]

Somalian leader to probe ‘Koran schools’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with her Somalian counterpart at the World Economic Summit in Davos this week, and he promised her that he would investigate concerns about alleged brutality at so-called “Koran schools” in Somalia. Hassan Ali Khaire, who retains a Norwegian passport after arriving in Norway as a refugee in 1989 before returning […]

Ban looms on marriage between cousins

Both ends of the political spectrum in Norway seem to agree on a proposal to prohibit marriage between what Norwegians call søskenbarn, the children of brothers and sisters. The conservative Progress Party and the Labour Party support a ban and will move the proposal forward in Parliament. Norway’s own royal family has earlier engaged in […]

Listhaug sets off more controversy

Sylvi Listhaug, Norway’s government minister in charge of immigration and integration, set off more debate this week after releasing the results of a study she’d ordered. It confirms that Norwegians with immigrant background are over-represented in crime statistics, a fact Listhaug seized upon while downplaying how the study also shows the degree of over-representation declining […]

Government reacts to Koran school abuse

Reports that several Somalian-Norwegian children have been sent by their families to strict Koran schools back in Somalia, where they suffered physical abuse, have prompted government ministers to threaten to withdraw the children’s passports. Then their parents wouldn’t be able to send them out of the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran a series of reports […]

Norway set to allow dual citizenship

After years of denial, the Norwegian government finally appears ready to allow dual citizenship in Norway. A proposal cleared for hearing this autumn looks likely to gain support in Parliament, granting new rights to thousands of Norwegian residents with personal ties to another country. In a twist of irony, it was the immigration-skeptical government minister […]

Culture shock continues over babies left in the cold

As temperatures fall and winter looms, foreign parents in Norway are once again experiencing culture shock over a Norwegian tradition that literally leaves babies out in the cold. The practice of bundling them up and then parking their baby carriages outdoors is viewed as entirely unacceptable to many. “No (expletive deleted) way!” declared one father […]

Thousands excluded from Election Day

It was pouring rain in Oslo and many other Norwegian cities on Election Day Monday. That was at least some consolation, perhaps, for the thousands of permanent Norwegian residents over the age of 18 who couldn’t brave the bad weather and troop to the polls anyway, because they’re not eligible to vote. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently […]