Norway comes to grips with racism

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of demonstrations, news stories, and personal accounts of discrimination, Norwegians are coming to grips with racism in their otherwise egalitarian society. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, criticized for initial silence over police brutality in the US against George Floyd, has been speaking out again, too. “After the police violence that led to […]

Racist attacks draw toughest jail term

UPDATED: A court in suburban Oslo handed down Norway’s strictest punishment on Thursday to a young Norwegian man who murdered his Chinese-born adopted sister last summer and then tried to massacre Muslims at a local mosque. He defended himself by claiming that he had to carry out his deadly attacks in order to save the white […]

Utøya neighbours still fighting memorial

Residents living near the island of Utøya, where a right-wing gunman massacred 69 young Labour Party members on July 22, 2011, have once again resorted to legal action to block construction of a memorial to the victims in their neighbourhood. They don’t want more reminders of the massacre, or a constant stream of visitors to […]

Preparedness was ‘not a real priority’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Does it take a crisis to get political leaders to respond to looming threats? Yes, according to two Norwegian academics who have analyzed 233,000 speeches in Parliament over the past 21 years. They only found 81 mentions of the word “pandemic,” just as an investigation into how the current government has addressed the […]

‘Y-blokka’ fans may drop lawsuit

Protesters who’ve been trying to preserve the damaged government office building known as “Y-blokka” say they’re evaluating any further legal action, after the Oslo County Court ruled against them and cleared the way for it to be town down. “Spirits are low, we have to decide what we’re going to do now,” Gisle Løkken, president […]

NATO chief also working from home

NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has first-hand experience in dealing with a crisis that forced him out of his office. Now he’s been working from home again along with millions of others all over the world, tackling an attack not from a terrorist this time but from a virus. “My life is affected like everyone […]

Lawsuit can halt plans to tear down ‘Y-blokka’

Opponents of plans to tear down a low-rise concrete building in Norway’s government complex, which was bombed by a right-wing extremist in 2011, have sued the state ministry in charge. They claim the state has refused to carry out a thorough process by failing to listen to their objections. The plaintiffs include the state and […]

PST probed after right-wing attack

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST, officially charged with evaluating and handling the most serious threats against national security, is now under investigation itself. At issue is how PST handled and failed to ward off last year’s deadly attack by another young Norwegian right-wing extremist. A key area under probe is how PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) responded […]

Right-wing threat matches Islamists’

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST now believes that it’s just as probable that a new terrorist attack will be carried out by right-wing extremists as by Islamic extremists. Politically motivated violence by both extremist groups has emerged as the biggest threat currently facing Norway. Hans Sverre Sjøvold, the new chief of PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), is […]

Terror recovery takes a long time

More than a million Norwegians committed and even forced themselves to watch state broadcaster NRK’s highly acclaimed TV series about their national trauma on the 22nd of July, 2011. It’s taking a long time to recover and not least rebuild Norway’s heavily damaged government complex after the twin attacks that day by a lone right-wing […]