Earnings boost a sagging Equinor

Twenty years after Norway partially privatized its biggest state-owned firm Statoil, the company now known as Equinor could once again deliver strong first-quarter earnings this week. Now the company needs to boost its reputation, too, after scandals tied to huge losses abroad, accidents, safety concerns, climate and environmental violations, and suspected corruption. Last year was […]

Farmers demand billions in support

Norwegian farmers’ two major lobbying organizations have handed over demands for NOK 2.1 billion in taxpayer support for the year ahead, spread over cost coverage, higher prices for their products and direct subsidy from the state budget. It would amount to income growth of nearly NOK 50,000 a year, more than triple what most other […]

SV hurls abortion law back into play

NEWS ANALYSIS: Backed by his party’s best public opinion polls in years, Audun Lysbakken strutted self-confidence when he opened the Socialist Left (SV)’s annual national meeting late last week. By the time it was over, the SV leader’s most important issues had been utterly overshadowed by the party’s overwhelming support for radical liberalization of Norway’s […]

Officers want some chiefs to resign

Norway’s defense establishment has suffered a string of accidents and embarrassment in recent years. Now a group of naval officers are calling for the resignations or firings of Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen and both former and current Royal Norwegian Navy commanders. Newspaper Aftenposten reported just before the weekend that the officers, who sounded alarms last […]

Erna: ‘No plans to change oil policy’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been taking part in this week’s virtual “Leaders Summit on Climate” at the invitation of new US President Joe Biden. He’s called for a global halt to oil drilling in the Arctic, but Solberg has no intention of ending Norway’s own Arctic oil exploration and production. “We have no plans […]

Intelligence agency not so intelligent

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s military intelligence agency known as E-tjenesten has reportedly been rebuked by the Parliamentary commission (EOS) that oversees its activities. The government is intent on keeping EOS’ latest report on the agency’s spying activity secret, though, leading many to wonder what the agency, the military and the government have to hide. EOS’ long-awaited […]

Labour bashed over drug reform rejection

Left-wing parties in Parliament along with those in government were disappointed after the Labour Party rejected the government’s proposal to decriminalize use and possession of small amounts of narcotics. The rejection was met with both harsh criticism and vows to revive the effort. Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre led the opposition to drug law reform […]

Labour goes after ‘ordinary people’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Members of Norway’s long-troubled Labour Party tried hard to come together during their annual national meeting that extended into the weekend. Reaction was mixed on whether they succeeded: Any return to power in the upcoming election may be based more on the strength of potential government partners than themselves. Labour’s core problems are […]

Støre closing in on Erna Solberg’s job

Backed by more favourable polls both for his Labour Party and himself, Jonas Gahr Støre seems to be closing in on his goal over the past six years: to take over as Norway’s next prime minister. It’s looking more and more likely that Støre will be able to replace the Conservatives’ Erna Solberg and form […]

Disagreement halts decision on vaccine

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s public health institute FHI wants to remove AstraZeneca from the state vaccination program because of “very many” cases of serious and even fatal side-effects among Norwegians. The government, however, wants to keep the program rolling, in order to reopen Norway as soon as possible. In a rare public display of high-level disagreement, […]