Pastors end strike after prayers answered

The labour organization representing pastors in the Norwegian Church ended a month-long strike this week, after securing a significant raise in base pay. Strike leaders called that “a victory, both for pastors and other church employees.” The Norwegian Church is no longer a state church but still receives most of its funding from the state, […]

Imported infection now biggest threat

Local officials around Norway are sounding alarms over surprisingly high numbers of Norwegians who’ve been out traveling in recent weeks, and brought Corona virus infection home with them. Thousands of foreign workers and NATO soldiers are now arriving, too, prompting one doctor to call the influx “absolutely crazy.” More Norwegians are getting tested than ever […]

Pastors on strike during holidays

A highly unusual strike among pastors in The Norwegian Church continued through the Christmas holidays. It’s the first time pastors have walked off the job in Norway, and possibly in the world, according to their labour organizations. The strike began earlier this month, over the looming loss of compensation for housing that the clergy was […]

Cheap tickets get Norway flying again

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air is launching new airline routes within Norway this week, prompting rivals to also sell tickets that can cost less than a bus ride in the Oslo area. A professor at the Norwegian business school NHH notes that low fares can always win over Corona fears and Wizz Air’s controversial aversion to […]

Norway reins in on foreign workers

The Norwegian government will no longer exempt foreign workers from quarantine regulations when they arrive in Norway from so-called “red” countries with high infection rates. They won’t be allowed to work until 10 days of quarantine are over. The new rule is aimed at better monitoring people arriving from countries with infection rates of more […]

Wizz Air defies a threatened boycott

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it’s opening a new base in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim, defying an expanding boycott against it. The airline is also doubling its planned number of domestic routes in Norway, before even getting off the ground. Wizz founder and CEO József Váradi conceded that his airline […]

Hurtigruten claims millions in state aid

Norway’s deeply troubled shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten reportedly expects to receive more than NOK 300 million in state aid, to compensate it for cancelled cruises during the Corona pandemic. The line’s management, meanwhile, has gone along with state demands that it no longer use one of its ships as a floating hotel on which crew […]

Record-long talks warded off strike

After a record 22 hours of negotiations in overtime, Norway’s largest trade union federation for industrial workers finally agreed on a new labour pact with the country’s largest industrial employers’ organization. The settlement averted a major strike that would have pulled 28,000 workers off the job. No one wanted a strike that would have further […]

Historic dive in industrial production

Norwegian industrial production continued to fall during the second quarter, down 5.6 percent compared to the same quarter last year. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported that there hadn’t been such a decline recorded since 1990. SSB stressed that the decline was strongly linked to the Corona crisis that raged in all three months […]

Labour talks stalled at the very start

Norway’s most important annual labour negotiations had to be postponed last spring when the Corona crisis hit and the country shut down. When they finally resumed this week, the talks that set the tone for wage earners all over the country broke down after just an hour. “This year we have nothing to give,” claimed […]