Corona aid extended well into 2021

The Norwegian government, under pressure from Parliament, has decided to extend both state-financed unemployment benefits and compensation for business losses caused by Corona containment measures. All workers currently laid off will now be assured financial assistance at least until July 1. That announcement came Monday, after opposition parties in Parliament had demanded that the roughly […]

Government seeks curfew permission

Alarmed by the prospect of a third wave of Corona infection, the Norwegian government has proposed imposing curfews for the first time. The proposal calls for ordering Norwegians to mostly remain indoors for as long as 21 days, but Justice Minister Monica Mæland hopes it won’t be necessary. The proposal from the health ministry comes […]

‘Master plan’ for climate draws flak

The Norwegian government rolled out its new “master plan” for meeting climate goals on Friday, just a day after state meteorologists confirmed that last year was Norway’s warmest ever. The plan for cutting the emissions blamed for climate change met an immediate storm of criticism, but also some praise. Opposition parties complained that the government’s […]

Premier retains her popularity

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been firmly guiding Norway through its worse crisis since World War II during the past year, and that’s clearly maintained her popularity among Norwegian voters. Fully 53 percent favour her over the opposition’s candidate for prime minister, and her Conservative Party remains the largest in the land. The numbers confirmed […]

Oslo and Bergen can ban fossil-fueled cars

City officials in Oslo and Bergen are planning to make life even more difficult for motorists without electric cars. They’ve won state approval to ban cars fueled by gasoline or diesel in certain neighbourhoods and, by 2030, everywhere within the city limits. It’s the latest extreme political initiative in the drive to make Oslo and […]

Trump fans in Norway retreat

NEWS ANALYSIS: There’s a lot of soul-searching going on among Norway’s most conservative politicians, especially by the Norwegian who twice nominated the now-shamed US President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. More liberal politicians in power have also been targeted for having kept quiet too long about the leader of the country widely regarded […]

An ‘unacceptable attack on democracy’

Norwegian leaders reacted with shock and dismay on Wednesday to the dramatic events unfurling in what they’d all long viewed as the world’s capital of democracy: “What we’re now seeing from Washington is a completely unacceptable attack on democracy in the USA,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg stated after she and millions of other Norwegians watched […]

Erna orders new social shutdown

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her government imposed a new round of even tougher social restrictions on Sunday evening, all aimed at halting the spread of the Corona virus. The bans on social gatherings take effect from Monday (January 4). “We have seen after Christmas that fewer people are testing themselves, and of those who […]

Corona vaccine arrives in Norway

Prime Minister Erna Solberg could smile over news that Norway is getting much more Corona vaccine than initially planned, and it finally arrived on the holiday known as Annen juledag (Second Christmas Day). The first shipments were driven into Ullevål Hospital Saturday morning, with vaccinations set to begin on Monday. “I’m glad we’re able to […]

Oil ministry scolded over Equinor

Norway’s State Auditor General (Riksrevisjonen) has concluded that the government has done a poor job following up on its large ownership stake in state oil company Equinor. The oil ministry failed, according to state auditors, to make enough demands for information regarding Equinor’s deeply troubled international operations. Equinor has been in trouble for months over […]