Rescue ship finally gets migrant aid

Another migrant drama in the Mediterranean finally ended on Friday, when Malta agreed to transfer 356 people rescued at sea by Norwegian ship Ocean Viking to vessels outside its territorial waters, and then take them ashore. Six other EU countries have agreed to take them in, but not Norway itself. The drama has been embarrassing […]

Sparks still flying over migration pact

Norway, as expected, formally supported the UN’s new international pact to handle migration this week, but Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide still had to defend it in Parliament, against complaints from one of her own government partners. Opposition politicians claim the Progress Party’s challenge was simply a staged promotion of its own long-standing opposition to […]

UN migration pact sets off brawls

Police in Oslo had to deal with street brawls during the weekend, following what turned into a violent demonstration against the UN’s proposed Global Compact for Migration. Norway’s decision to support the UN pact has also set off major disagreement within the government coalition itself. It’s the first time one of the current Norwegian coalition […]

Fortune tax hits foreign workers

Starting this year, some foreigners who live in their home country but work in Norway will have to pay Norwegian taxes on their wealth at home. The changes come despite Finance Minister Siv Jensen’s plans to cut taxes on Norwegians’ own net worth, or eliminate them altogether. British and Dutch workers who remain based in […]