PST scolded for registering MPs

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has been officially criticized for registering Members of Parliament (MPs) simply because they also were members of various parliamentary groups aimed at promoting friendship with specific countries. Now the MPs themselves are being urged to be more open about the friendship groups and their membership lists. Newspaper VG reported this […]

Large parties jump during virus crisis

Norway’s Labour and Conservative parties have both attracted many more voters during the Corona crisis, according to a new public opinion poll. Their gains come at the expense of other smaller parties, not least four that now, quipped one commentator, seem to require intensive care. All four of them (the Reds, the Greens, the Christian […]

Greens politician subject to probe

Hanna Marcussen, Oslo’s top politician in charge of city planning and development, is caught up in a probe of her involvement with 252 decisions in 71 building projects since she took office in 2015. She’s charged with conflicts of interest, since her sister and her brother are both architects in firms tied to the projects. […]

More billions roll into crisis funding

NEWS ANALYSIS: It took years of debate before Norwegian politicians agreed to spend a few billion kroner on projects like a new gateway airport or national museum. Now those pricetags seem like small change compared to the hundreds of billions of state funding committed during just the past two weeks, to offset the ill effects […]

Corona pits region against region

Norwegians have been pulling together in recent weeks to limit the spread of the Corona virus, with one new survey showing that 90 percent support the state government’s Corona containment measures. Local officials, however, have also been setting their own quarantine rules that disrupt business and industry, pit regions against one another and put them […]

Parliament reined in the government

The Norwegian Parliament refused to entirely go along with the government’s request for emergency powers during the Corona virus crisis. In an unusual session held on Saturday, opposition parties “took control over crisis management” but all nine parties in both Parliament and the government agreed in the end. The government was granted the emergency powers […]

Lawsuit can halt plans to tear down ‘Y-blokka’

Opponents of plans to tear down a low-rise concrete building in Norway’s government complex, which was bombed by a right-wing extremist in 2011, have sued the state ministry in charge. They claim the state has refused to carry out a thorough process by failing to listen to their objections. The plaintiffs include the state and […]

Norway equipped to tackle Corona crisis

The Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) suffered through another terrible day on Monday, as the price of Norway’s biggest export product, oil, also sank to less than half its value just earlier this month. Despite a steady stream of layoff notices, not least at Norwegian Air, even one of Norway’s most critical commentators thinks few countries […]

State rides to the Corona rescue

The usually quarreling parties in Parliament set aside political differences on Monday and got the government to further sweeten its economic crisis package for Norwegian businesses and workers. After working through the night, they announced unprecedented measures to help get Norway through its biggest national emergency since World War II. As the Oslo Stock Exchange […]

Two new ministers stride into crisis

NEWS ANALYSIS: Right in the middle of Norway’s biggest crisis in years, Prime Minister Erna Solberg also had to formally name two new cabinet ministers on Friday. It was a rush job that was the last thing Solberg needed on an already extraordinarily busy day. Both ministerial appointments were also the result of unfortunate events. […]