Norway joins new Russia sanctions

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide confirmed on Thursday that Norway is attaching itself to new sanctions that the European Union (EU) is imposing against top officials in Russia. It means Norway faces sanctions from Russia in return, but Søreide claims it’s worth the risk.  “We can’t accept that opposition politicians are poisoned with military poison, […]

High court boosts MP’s jail term

Norway’s Supreme Court has added four months to the jail term handed down to Mazyar Keshvari, a former Member of Parliament for the conservative Progress Party. He’ll now need to spend 11 months in prison after being convicted of defrauding the Parliament itself. Keshvari was charged with delivering 72 claims for travel expense compensation over […]

Russian ‘downturn’ long time coming

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of the opposition in Parliament, could agree on at least one thing on Wednesday: Russian cyber attacks on Members of Parliament and its employees mark a serious “downturn” in relations with Norway. Tensions had already been rising, prompting Norway to step up defense efforts […]

‘Historic’ reaction to Russian hacking

The Norwegian government is mounting what commentators are calling an “historic” reaction against Russia. It was front-page news on Wednesday after Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide blamed Norway’s neighbour in the north for an attack on the Norwegian Parliament’s email systems, and then went public with it. “This is a very serious incident, affecting our […]

Half the wolf population under threat

Wildlife commissions in four regions of southeastern Norway sided with ranchers and landowners on Thursday in calling for a wolf hunt aimed at wiping out five wolf packs now living in wolf zones where they’re supposed to be protected. That’s twice as many as the commissions’ professional secretariat advised. The commissions for the regions of […]

Liberals get a lift in the polls

Norway’s small Liberal Party (Venstre) seems to finally be reversing a long trend of miserable standings in public opinion polls. Another new measure of voter preferences has boosted the Liberals over the important sperregrensen, the magic 4 percent that gives political parties full representation in Parliament. Media outlets are calling it “the Guri effect,” after the […]

Corona truce over, budget battle begins

Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner presented his first state budget on behalf of the government on Wednesday, claiming it was aimed at bringing Norway out of the Corona virus crisis. Opposition parties led off by Labour briefly acknowledged how they’ve cooperated on doing just that, before attacking the proposed budget for allegedly increasing social differences […]

Labour limps into crucial new session

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Parliament launched into its new session on Monday, Norway’s once-mighty Labour Party is down in the dumps. Not even a new party program that tried hard to set Labour apart from its rivals has managed to win support, leaving the party with its worst poll result ever just when parliamentary debate began. […]

Corona measures face more skeptics

Public skepticism to Corona containment measures suddenly seems to be rising in Norway, especially now in Oslo, and officials at both the state and local levels are worried. The skepticism and resistance come after many months of cooperation and the spirit of what’s known as dugnad, in which everyone contributes to the common good. Newspaper […]

Drama clouds the political landscape

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian politics turned dramatic this month, after a left-wing Labour Party veteran from a troubled area of Oslo defected to the Center Party, sparking fury among former colleagues. An attorney best known for defending a mass-murderer had also just resigned from Labour to start a new party with disgruntled members of the Christian Democrats, […]