Norway may broker Venezuelan crisis

Speculation is rising that Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and her diplomats are involved in efforts to broker a solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Norwegian government has been criticized for refusing to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s new president, but may have needed to remain impartial. […]

‘No-deal’ Brexit pact in place

Norway and Great Britain have put into place an agreement that aims to secure the legal status of Norwegians currently in the UK and British citizens in Norway, in the event Britain leaves the EU next month with no firm trade or legal agreements in place. The pact also applies to Norway’s partners in their […]

Profit plunge puts pressure on Posten

They tried to put the best possible spin on their results, even claiming that “we had a lot to celebrate in 2018” with some new markets growing. Top management at Norway’s postal service Posten Norge nonetheless had to disclose a painful 68 percent plunge in fourth-quarter profits on Monday, at a time when households all over […]

Finnmark mining protests underway

Government ministers arriving for the weekly Council of State at the Royal Palace on Friday were met by noisy and angry demonstrators, protesting their decision last week to allow a controversial mining and dumping operation in Finnmark. More protests were held through the weekend, in Alta, Tromsø, Hamar, Flekkefjord, Sunndal, Trondheim and Oslo. The decision […]

PST criticizes counterpart’s data storage request

Norway’s state intelligence gathering agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjenesten) isn’t supporting a request from its military and overseas counterpart E-tjenesten, that the latter be allowed to monitor and store all data crossing the border for 18 months. PST fears it may overlap or collide with its own itelligence gathering. PST is responsible for assessing and handling […]

Sparks fly over Finnmark mining

While local elected officials were celebrating with cake, protests poured in over the Conservative state government’s decision on Thursday to finally allow mining operations on a mountain plateau in Finnmark. It’s expected to generate 300 new jobs in the area, but can also disrupt Samis’ reindeer grazing while dumping debris and tailings into the fjord […]

China’s ambassador leaves in a storm

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway since 2016, is due to bid farewell King Harald V on Friday and leave the country, just after Norwegian intelligence agencies have branded China as a major security threat. The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has refuted and harshly criticized the warnings, while the Norwegian government has also been criticized […]

Giske may make a comeback

Trond Giske, the former top Labour Party politician toppled by sexual harassment charges against him, was disappointed the party won’t take up his case again for further examination. Nor will it pay his attorney’s fees, but Giske claims he wants to remain active in the party and may mount a comeback. Labour sent a letter […]

Diplomatic dispute hits ‘Barnevernet’

A diplomatic dispute that’s erupted between Norway and Poland is expected to force new debate over Norway’s child protection agency (Barnevernet), which itself has been embroiled in conflicts for years. One foreign policy expert calls the current diplomatic stand-off “spectacular,” and said it can be relevant for all foreign families living in Norway. The dispute resulted […]

Police release politician from custody

A Progress Party politician charged with raping a woman after the annual meeting of the party’s Rogaland chapter earlier this month has been released from police custody. He has formally denied any criminal guilt and it’s now up to a prosecutor whether he’ll be indicted. The politician, whose identity has not been made public, underwent […]