Orphan brought to Norway from Syria

Norway’s chapter of Save the Children (Redd Barna) hopes the repatriation last week of an orphan from a refugee camp in Syria to Norway signals the start of more children of Norwegian IS warriors and their mothers being rescued as well.  “For us it’s completely unacceptable that Norwegian authorities are letting Norwegian children languish in […]

President elected as more drama swirls

Drama continues to engulf Norway’s Parliament (Stortinget) even as its 169 members settled on and elected a new president from the also-troubled Labour Party. Masud Gharahkhani, a 39-year-old son of refugees from Iran, said he was “humbled and proud” to win confidence at a time when it’s otherwise in short supply. Gharahkhani succeeds Eva Kristin […]

NRK journalists arrested in Qatar

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt and Norway’s embassy in Abu Dhabi took contact with authorities in Qatar after two journalists from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) were arrested by police in Qatar late Sunday night. They’d spent last week gathering information in connection with the upcoming World Cup, and the Norwegian government is shaken over how officials in […]

‘Look to Norway?’ Not right now…

NEWS ANALYSIS: Many Norwegians are proud of how the legendary US president, Franklin D Roosevelt, once urged Americans to “look to Norway” for inspiration during World War II. Now many may hope the world is looking the other way, amidst drama and scandal in the Norwegian Parliament that’s undermining the traditional confidence Norwegians have in […]

New Corona rules ‘not good enough’

Doctors at over-burdened Norwegian hospitals were not pleased when the new government rolled out what it claimed were stricter Corona containment measures on Friday. “They won’t even demand that people use face masks,” Dr Ole Kristian Fossum, head of the intensive care ward at Akershus University Hospital just outside Oslo, complained to state broadcaster NRK […]

Drama at Stortinget ends in resignation

UPDATED: The new and suddenly embattled president of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), Eva Kristin Hansen, had earlier refused to give up her second-most powerful position in Norway, even after breaking the Parliament’s own rules and exploiting its housing benefit. After a dramatic day that hit a climax when police announced Thursday evening they’d be investigating […]

Storting’s president under pressure

The new president of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), who ranks second only to the king, suddenly seems to be a bit small. Eva Kristin Hansen of the Labour Party is the latest top politician to admit to wrongfully accepting use of one of the Parliament’s fully paid commuter apartments in the capital. Her admission came only […]

Budget battle tests new government

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and his new Labour-Center minority government is being put to the test this week, over its newly revised, proposed and much-criticized state budget proposal. Negotiations over how Norway should raise and spend its taxpayers’ money will also set the tone for whatever solidarity exists on the left side of Norwegian […]

Now Norway’s own climate fight looms

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway supports the dramatic outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, with Norwegian officials insisting it’s “major step in the right direction” and environmentalists calling it “better than nothing.” Perhaps that’s all that could be expected in an oil-producing nation with a government that, even in the midst of the Glasgow […]

Forced mergers can be reversed

Norway’s new Labour-Center government is busy offering to reverse mergers that were forced upon many counties and municipalities by the former Conservatives-led government. Warnings are also going out, however, that breaking up can be expensive. Local governments around the country have been told that they can apply for the equivalent of divorce, but only until […]