Sandefjord mayor target of arson

Police in the coastal city of Sandefjord were quick to confirm that someone tried to set fire to the home of the city’s long-time mayor, Bjørn Ole Gleditsch of the Conservative Party, during the weekend. An investigation is underway. Gleditsch himself had arrived home in a taxi late Saturday night to discover flames along one […]

Corona crisis unity dissolves into chaos

NEWS ANALYSIS: National crises often bring people and political rivals together. Less than four months after uniting during the Corona crisis, however, the gloves came off and political chaos descended on Parliament before it recessed for the summer holidays. Longstanding party alliances also seemed to shatter in the process, with Labour even teaming up with […]

Au pair abusers can be banned

Among new laws and regulations taking effect in Norway from July 1st is a measure aimed at protecting au pair from exploitation and abuse. Families found to have used their au pair merely as overworked and underpaid domestic help, for example, can be banned from ever taking in au pair again. News bureau NTB reported this […]

Solberg squashes new EU debate

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative Party still wishes Norway would join the EU, but she’s not keen on launching a new debate on EU membership any time soon. That disappoints her own party’s youth group and, likely, one of her government coalition partners. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that debate has already been flying […]

Norwegians losing confidence in USA

Increasing numbers of Norwegians want to cooperate less with the United States of America and more with Europe, according to a new survey conducted by the Oslo-based foreign policy institute NUPI. The survey results indicate that Norwegians’ opinions of the US are changing after four years of Donald Trump in the White House. Researcher Øyvind […]

Norway comes to grips with racism

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of demonstrations, news stories, and personal accounts of discrimination, Norwegians are coming to grips with racism in their otherwise egalitarian society. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, criticized for initial silence over police brutality in the US against George Floyd, has been speaking out again, too. “After the police violence that led to […]

Scolded ex-Statoil boss finally speaks

Helge Lund, the former long-time chief executive of Norway’s state oil company Statoil (now Equinor), is finally speaking out about the huge losses the company suffered in the US on his watch. He now admits that he and his management team invested too much, spent too much, and should have done things differently. The 57-year-old […]

Troms and Finnmark file for divorce

The unhappy forced merger of Norway’s two most northerly counties, Troms and Finnmark, has already resulted in an attempted split. Neither county wanted to merge in the first place, but had to comply with unpopular national regional reform. Now the merged county known as Troms og Finnmark, which sprawls over an area as big as Denmark, […]

Labour mayor faces corruption charges

Another Norwegian politician is in legal trouble, after the Mayor of Nittedal north of Oslo was charged with serious corruption after several months of a secret investigation. Hilde Thorkildsen of the Labour Party insists, however, that she’s done nothing wrong. Nittedal’s mayor was called in on Tuesday for questioning by Norway’s white collar crime unit […]

Norway may finally meet climate goals

Carbon emissions in Norway declined 3.4 percent last year, according to new updated numbers from state statistics bureau SSB. Emissions totalling 50.3 million tons were the lowest in 27 years and now officials think Norway may meet its climate goals for 2020. “These are encouraging numbers and show that the government climate policies are working,” […]