Lots of changes from July 1st

Ferry fares are being cut, taxes on soft drinks have been lowered and interest rates on student loans are rising. Those are just some of the changes ushered in since Parliament closed for the summer recess. New laws and tax rates often take effect from either January 1st or July 1st in Norway. Among the […]

Norway ‘broke human rights’

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Norway violated the human rights of businessman Hroar Hansen when its courts threw out his appeals in a battle over real estate.  Newspaper VG reported that Hansen now expects Norway’s Supreme court to reconsider his long-standing disagreement with Terje Høili, the billionaire owner of a grocery […]

Breivik claims isolation is torture

Convicted Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik wants to petition the courts to have his ongoing isolation deemed unlawful, after 33 months in solitary confinement, reports newspaper Aftenposten. Lawyers for the man who killed 77 people in his July 22, 2011 attacks, along with some other legal experts, argue the isolation is an additional penalty on […]

Prostitution law battlelines drawn

A review into Norway’s laws banning the purchase of sex won’t be finished until June, yet debate has raged over the issue this week with many sides already taking a political standpoint. The Conservative (Høyre), Liberal (Venstre) and Progress (Fremskrittspartiet, FrP) parties all announced platforms to scrap the prostitution ban and their youth representatives want […]

Insurance company wins age battle

Supreme Court ruled yesterday afternoon that the internal retirement age at 67 set by insurance company Gjensidige does not conflict with the age discrimination rules in labor law. Karin Haare Johansen, 68, sued her long-time employers in the hopes that she would be able to work until age 70. Johansen, supported by the Finance Sector […]