City Hall files police report after threats

Officials at the Oslo City Hall have reported a local resident to the police, several months after he caused a disturbance, threatened security guards and top city politicians, and made several racist remarks in a meeting with members of the City Council’s culture committee. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Monday that the director of the City Council’s […]

Raja’s back, but party still ‘sick’

The Liberal Party’s arguably most charismatic politician, Abid Raja, has decided he’s well enough again to return to work. Both he and the Liberals’ leader Trine Skei Grande immediately made the media rounds, insisting they’d settled their differences that had made Raja sick, but their alleged reconciliation may not be enough to heal what’s really […]

Norway to crack down on Airbnb

The Norwegian government is poised to tighten and clarify regulations for short-term rental of residential property, in new legislation sent to Parliament on Friday. The goal is to crack down on what government minister Monica Mæland calls the “pure hotel operations” that have sprung up since online accommodation service Airbnb entered the market. The main […]

Parliament approves dual citizenship

UPDATED: It was a big day for long-term expatriates in Norway and Norwegians who’ve moved abroad. After years of debate, a majority in Parliament finally approved dual citizenship in Norway on Thursday for all those who have strong ties to both their homeland and their country of residence. “I think this is a day of […]

Justice minister threatened

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) is investigating threats lodged against Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara of the conservative Progress Party. Both his family car and their home have been hit by taggers, and someone also apparently tried to set the car on fire. “PST can confirm that an investigation has begun into threats […]

Politicians threatened at Oslo City Hall

Several top city politicians were threatened by a member of the public earlier this autumn, during a meeting of the Oslo City Council’s committee for cultural issues. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week that committee members from various political parties were badly frightened, while the man scaring them was ultimately allowed to just walk away. The […]

Solberg survives anti-terror critics

Prime Minister Erna Solberg avoided a lack of confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday over her government’s failure to improve preparedness for a terrorist attack. She did have to accept the toughest criticism the Parliament can otherwise dish out. State broadcaster NRK reported that Solberg, who just returned from a trip to South Africa and […]

Multi-challenged man runs for mayor

Torstein Lerhol is a 32-year-old politician for the Center Party who hopes to become the next mayor of Vang, a scenic mountain municipality in Oppland County. He weighs less than 40 pounds and lies in a wheelchair, but doesn’t see that as a problem. “I have joked that the only tasks I don’t think I’ll […]

Schools urged to offer Christmas services

Norway’s education ministry is urging all schools around the country to offer religious services to their students before the Christmas holidays, or an alternative for students who don’t want to take part in Norwegian (Lutheran) Church services. “It’s great that so many schools already offer students a visit to church in connection with Christmas,” Education […]

Drama behind the state budget talks

They’ve mostly put on smiles for the cameras, but there’s been so much drama and apparent conflict within the Liberal Party that its deputy leader and chief negotiator, Abid Raja, is now out on sick leave. The Liberals’ leader, Trine Skei Grande, has had to publicly apologize after getting caught speaking badly about Raja to […]