Northerners defend Nordland gateway

An overwhelming majority of Norwegians have defended a symbolic gateway to Northern Norway that stands just north of the Nordland county line. They firmly reject a local university lecturer’s proposal that it be torn down because he thinks it’s artificial and unnecessarily divides the country from the south. Fully 83 percent of nearly 50,000 votes […]

Storm cut Norway in half

The powerful remains of the tropical storm dubbed Sally slammed into Northern Norway on Monday, flooding the E6 highway at Rana to such an extent that no vehicles could cross over it. Since the highway runs from the Swedish border in the south all the way to the Russian border in the north, that effectively […]

Extra ferry may end Helgeland chaos

Embarrassed politicians in Nordland County finally came up with the millions needed to charter in an extra ferry this week, after several days of kilometer-long lines of cars trying to travel among the islands of the Helgeland coast. Officials had hoped Norwegian tourists would make up for the lack of foreign tourists in Norway, but […]

Troms and Finnmark file for divorce

The unhappy forced merger of Norway’s two most northerly counties, Troms and Finnmark, has already resulted in an attempted split. Neither county wanted to merge in the first place, but had to comply with unpopular national regional reform. Now the merged county known as Troms og Finnmark, which sprawls over an area as big as Denmark, […]

Island won’t let residents leave

Norway’s northern island community of Træna was caught in conflict at home this week, after local officials banned all municipal employees from leaving the islands between now and April 13. Several objected and now lawyers are getting involved. Træna, known for its annual summer music festival as well as its scenic location on the Arctic […]

Corona pits region against region

Norwegians have been pulling together in recent weeks to limit the spread of the Corona virus, with one new survey showing that 90 percent support the state government’s Corona containment measures. Local officials, however, have also been setting their own quarantine rules that disrupt business and industry, pit regions against one another and put them […]

Corona-hit military asked to halt exercises

A local mayor in Northern Norway is calling on the military to halt its annual Cold Response winter exercises in the area that involve around 15,000 participants from NATO countries. He fears a spread of the Corona virus, after at least one soldier has tested positive and hundreds of others had to be placed in […]

‘Extreme low pressure’ disrupts aviation

More than 20 weather stations around Norway are reporting record low air pressure systems following weekend storms. The situation has affected some aircraft including domestic carrier Widerøe’s, which had to cancel several flights in Northern Norway on Monday. The low pressure affects the aircraft’s instruments, opening the potential for errors that could make flying unsafe. […]

Sami celebrate amid climate concerns

Sami flags flew all over Norway on Thursday as the country’s indigenous people celebrated their own national day. The president of the Sami Parliament complained, though, that many of Norway’s new climate programs ignore Sami interests. Aili Keskitalo stressed in her New Year’s address last month that “powerful forces” have been “working against the Sami.” […]

Arctic tax break offer sparks interest

The mayor of the small town of Bø in Vesterålen, Northern Norway, was in Oslo on Monday to futher promote his local council’s decision to cut fortune taxes as a means of attracting investment. Not as much promotion as he’d thought was needed, though, after a major British paper picked up on the tax break […]