Challenges pile up for new PST chief

Hans Sverre Sjøvold took over as the new chief of Norway’s police intelligence agency PST just last spring. Since then he’s had to deal with another terrorist attack by a young white supremacist, more right-wing extremism and probes into questionable PST operations, while facing charges of illegal weapons possession himself. Sjøvold insists, however, that “the […]

PST targets more right-wing extremism

The arrest in Oslo this weekend of a right-wing nationalist from the US marks the latest example of how Norway’s police intelligence unit PST views conservative extremism as a serious security threat. The American, identified as Greg Johnson, was arrested at what was supposed to be a secret gathering to promote racist and anti-Semitic ideology. […]

Iron roses form new July 22 memorial

It’s been eight years since Norwegians impulsively laid down thousands of roses outside Oslo’s Cathedral to honor the 77 people killed in a right-wing terrorist’s attacks on the government and the Labour Party. Now a thousand roses made of iron have risen at the same spot, part of a new permanent memorial to the victims […]

Prime minister’s office won’t return

Norway’s Office of the Prime Minister (Statsministerens kontor, SMK) won’t be returning to the top floors of the government complex that was bombed by a Norwegian right-wing extremist in 2011. Security and memorial issues mean that when reconstruction of the complex is finally completed, the prime minister will move into another building on the refurbished […]

Men convicted for expressing hatred

Two cases of expressing hatred have ended in convictions and even a jail term for the men involved. Norway is cracking down on the hatred generally carried out by white Norwegian men, on the grounds it’s not covered by the country’s constitutional freedom of expression. Newspaper Aftenposten reported this week that a 60-year-old Norwegian man […]

Security boosted at mosques, court

UPDATED: Norwegian police and the public themselves were boosting security at mosques around the country, as Muslims began their most important holiday season this week. In Oslo, neighbours literally formed a ring around a local mosque after a young Norwegian man fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Bærum and also was charged with killing […]

Mosque shooting widely condemned

A young Norwegian man who fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Oslo Saturday evening was refusing to talk with police on Sunday. He’s in custody, charged with murder and attempted murder, while Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined other top politicians in condemning what’s being investigated as a terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist. “All […]

Two arrested for vandalizing July 22 memorial

Police in Tønsberg have arrested two suspects in their 20s, charged with spray-painting a swastika on the city’s memorial to victims of the deadly attacks by a right-wing extremist on July 22, 2011. The vandalism was carried out on the eighth anniversary of the attacks on Monday. “The two are arrested and charged with damaging […]

July 22 memorials ‘important as ever’

Survivors of the July 22nd attacks eight years ago gathered once again with top political leaders on Monday to remember victims and denounce extremism. After a difficult start to the day, the fight against right-wing extremists seemed more important than ever. Newspaper Tønsbergs Blad reported early Monday that one of the July 22nd memorials in Tønsberg […]

Norway sympathizes with New Zealand

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, top political colleagues and survivors of Norway’s own terrorist attacks in 2011 were quick to express sympathy and support for the people of New Zealand on Friday. Norwegian prison officials, meanwhile, discounted a claim by the man who gunned down scores of worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch that he’d been in […]