Hopes rise for would-be refugees

Several Afghan citizens who worked for Norwegian defense forces in Afghanistan have received emails from Norway’s defense ministry, informing them that their applications for “assistance and/or re-establishment in Norway” have been registered. They’re now hoping they’ll win asylum in Norway after all. Newspaper Klassekampen reported this week that the former Norwegian employees are mostly in […]

Taliban moves into Norway’s embassy

Nearly 60 members of the Taliban have moved into Norway’s and Denmark’s embassy complex in Kabul, after it was evacuated and closed in mid-August. They allowed a reporter and photographer from Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten to visit, however, and promised they were simply “taking care” of the embassy at present. “This area still belongs to your […]

Nine parties battle for political power

Norway’s election campaign season is relatively short, with an official launch in August and running until Election Day, the second Monday in September. Members of all nine political parties currently represented in Parliament, though, have been jockeying for power since the last election. Here’s a guide to where they stand on key issues in this […]

Left-center parties win school election

Norway’s next generation has spoken, and they prefer new national political leadership from the left side of Norwegian politics. Jonas Gahr Støre and his Labour Party trounced the Conservatives in the traditional election held at high schools all over the country on Tuesday. Labour won 23.3 percent of the vote, 4.5 points less than before […]

Party leader ‘sorry’ about housing flap

Government minister Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, leader of the embattled Christian Democrats party, added to his own political woes on Monday when he had to apologize for taking advantage of the state’s housing benefit for politicians who commute to Oslo. The 36-year-old Ropstad didn’t report moving out of his parents’ home in Southern Norway until just […]

Norway calls for more US ‘humility’

The Norwegian government doesn’t think the US-led withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan last month was the “extraordinary success” that US President Joe Biden thinks it was. Foreign Minister Ine Erik Søreide is calling for more “humility” when NATO evaluates how it spent the past 20 years. Søreide flew to Washington DC late last week […]

Election turns into a ‘political thriller’

With less than two weeks to go before Norway’s national election, polls indicate nothing less than what commentators are calling a political thriller. The Labour, Center and Socialist Left parties have lost their majority that seemed so certain since last winter, meaning the country may end up leaning even farther to the left, or keeping the […]

Oil tax changes shift exploration risk

The Conservatives’ Oil Minister Tina Bru and Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner surprised just about everyone Tuesday evening, when they proposed some climate-friendly changes in Norway’s tax system for the oil industry. The changes, if approved by Parliament, will leave the industry facing much more of the financial risks involved in oil and gas exploration […]

Afghan evacuation ‘completely over’

Norway pulled its last remaining military personnel out of Afghanistan in the early morning hours of Monday. That also brings an end to the chaotic evacuation of  both Norwegian and Afghan civilians during the past week, and the closure of Norway’s last remaining military field hospital at the airport in Kabul. A deadly terrorist attack […]

Minister ‘wakes up’ to el-scooter danger

Transport Minister Knut Arild Hareide now claims to be “deeply worried” over the ongoing rise in serious accidents involving electric scooters, and how they threaten the safety of pedestrians. Hareide’s new proposed restrictions on them were met by criticism that they’re too little, too late. “We want to congratulate Hareide over how he has finally […]