No increase in the key interest rate

The executive board of Norway’s central bank (Norges Bank) has acted in line with economists’ recommendations this time, announcing Thursday that there would be no increase in its policy rate. It remains unchanged at 1.5 percent. Norwegian economists making up an interest rate panel for the country’s major business newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv (DN), were surprised […]

Interest rate hike aimed at stability

The executive board of Norway’s central bank defied many local economists and other central bankers around the world on Thursday by going ahead with its plan to boost interest rates. The board wants to maintain economic and financial stability amidst “solid” economic growth, while also trying to rein in debt and housing prices. The modest […]

Historically weak krone recovers a bit

It’s been 17 years since it cost more than NOK 9 to buy one US dollar, but that’s how weak the krone was through the weekend. It regained some strength on Monday, but not much, and now interest rates may not be raised after all. As the krone traded at around NOK 8.97 late Monday […]

Interest rates steady, shares recover

The executive board of Norway’s central bank kept its key policy rate unchanged at 1.25 percent on Thursday. The Oslo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, seemed to be recovering from a sharp decline on Wednesday. “The upturn in the Norwegian economy is continuing broadly as expected in June,” the bank board stated, while “underlying inflation has been […]

Central bank raises interest rates

Interest rates rose another quarter-point on Thursday, after Norway’s central bank decided that it was time to gently step on the country’s economic brakes. Norges Bank‘s governor, Øystein Olsen, also warned that another interest rate hike looms later this year. “Our current assessment of the outlook and balance of risks suggests that the policy rate […]

Interest rates rise on a strong economy

Norges Bank raised its key policy rate on Thursday in a move that was widely expected but also debated. Norway’s central bank board ultimately decided that economic growth is stronger than expected, and the country’s currency immediately strengthened on the news. The quarter-point rate rise to 1 percent was modest and at least may cheer […]

Prospects bright for Norway’s economy

Norwegian economists agree that New Year prospects are bright for the country’s economy in 2019. They predict economic growth of 2 percent, low interest rates, lots of activity in the oil and oil service sectors and even a “perfect” real estate market. “Oil investments will shoot up, and that yields positive impulses for the rest […]

Economists relieved as rates stay low

Economists had warned against any increase in Norwegian interest rates right now, and the country’s central bank may well have taken note. Its governor and board decided on Thursday to keep Norges Bank’s policy rate unchanged at just 0.75 percent, opting to delay an increase until the spring. “Our current assessment of the outlook and […]

DNB raises its mortage rates

Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, didn’t waste any time in raising interest rates on its home loans. It became the first Norwegian bank on Friday to warn customers that rates would rise by a quarter-point from November 4. DNB’s increase comes just a day after Norway’s central bank announced the same increase in its key policy rate. […]

Interest rates begin to creep upwards

The executive board of Norway’s central bank cautiously raised interest rates on Thursday for the first time in seven-and-a-half years, but not as much as predicted. An increase was widely expected and even viewed as good news because it’s a sign of renewed strength in the Norwegian economy, while some economists question whether the rise […]