No suspects in threats against minister

Police and their special intelligence agency PST felt compelled to meet the press in Oslo this week after Norway’s justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara, was threatened yet again over the weekend. They’ve come under criticism for failing to avert attacks on his home. “We are investigating these incidents as our highest priority,” PST director Benedicte […]

Politicians rally in support of minister

Prime Minister Erna Solberg wasn’t the only one expressing strong support for her justice minister over the weekend, after Tor Mikkel Wara’s home and family were subjected to yet another threat. Politicians from left to right were condemning the latest incident as a threat to democracy itself. “The sum of all these attacks makes those […]

Oil Fund ‘sell-off’ sends mixed signals

NEWS ANALYSIS: Political intrigue fueled the Norwegian government’s decision just before the weekend to sell off stock in companies devoted to oil exploration and production. The decision grabbed lots of attention it may not have deserved, and sends mixed signals about how top Norwegian politicians evaluate the risks of being as involved in the oil […]

Men think women have won equality

Two-thirds of all men questioned in a new survey believe women are equal to men in Norway. Only a quarter of women questioned believe that’s true, however, as the debate over gender equality rolls on. The survey, conducted by research firm Respons Analyse for state broadcaster NRK, was released to coincide with Friday’s March 8th […]

Liberal Party gathers in Hell, in crisis

NEWS ANALYSIS: Embattled politician and government minister Trine Skei Grande was due to literally lead her Liberal Party’s annual meeting into Hell this weekend. The annual meeting, being held at the Hell Hotel near Trondheim, comes just after release of the Liberals’ worst poll results ever, but Grande won’t admit her party is in crisis. […]

Norway won’t help IS fighters home

Norwegian citizens who traveled to the Middle East to fight for or support the brutal Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization can’t expect to be brought home again at taxpayer expense. They’ll have to seek consular assistance themselves from where they are, claims Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. “As the situation is now, we won’t be […]

Forlorn frigate may sail once again

The once-proud Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad is finally back at home port in Bergen, severely gashed and rusting after four months underwater. Raising the sunken frigate, which collided with an oil tanker in early November, has already cost taxpayers dearly and now government officials want to repair it so it can sail again. Naval officers […]

New threats against the justice minister

The state’s police bomb group was sent to the home of Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara during the weekend, after a threatening letter was found in his mailbox. It was the latest in a series of threats made at the minister’s home since late last year. “The letter has been secured and we’re conducting a […]

School climate strikes spread

Elementary, high school and college students in Norway are joining their counterparts abroad in shirking school on Fridays, to rally for the climate and against politicians who they don’t think are doing enough to halt climate change. Thousands were out protesting again this week in front of local City Halls and government buildings, from Kristiansand […]

Labour grew tired of Giske’s conflicts

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre seemed relieved on Friday that the constant controversy around his former deputy, Trond Giske, may finally settle down. Støre made it clear that he thinks Giske showed poor judgment by dancing late at night with young women, as mobile phone cameras rolled, just a year after violating the party’s […]