Postal service profits on service cuts

Norway’s postal service (Posten Norge) is a shadow of its former self, after a wave of post office closures and major cuts in delivery service. It is, however, earning money. Posten reported pre-tax profits last week of NOK 248 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a loss of NOK 167 million in the same […]

Postal service to cut delivery once again

Norwegians stopped getting their mail delivered on Saturdays last fall. Now the Norwegian postal service (Posten) looks set to win state permission to only deliver the mail every other day. The state transport ministry, which also is responsible for communications in Norway, sent out its proposal to hearing this week regarding changes in the frequency […]

Slow postal service nullified votes

The Norwegian postal service Posten is supposed to live up to its motto of delivering on time, but ongoing cutbacks have resulted in numerous delays and reduced deliveries around the country. Now that’s had an adverse effect on Monday’s parliamentary election. Hundreds of absentee ballots have been delivered too late to local election boards. State broadcaster NRK reported […]

Postal service’s service breaks down

Norway’s postal service (Posten Norge) has been the subject of lots of customer irritation in recent months, following the closure of post offices, rising postal rates and declining service, episodes of slow delivery or no delivery at all. On Friday the postal outlets now set up in local grocery stores to replace closed post offices, were […]

Postal service to cut another 550 jobs

Norway’s struggling postal service, Posten, looks set to lay off another 550 employees. The job cuts loom after the Parliament’s transport committee went along with plans to merge the two classes of postal service and cut staff at six postal terminals. Posten, wholly owned by the state, has faced major competition from email and other […]

New postal chief breaks a barrier

Norway’s volatile postal system, Posten Norge, has been closing post offices and reinventing itself for years as it goes through constant transformation in a digital era. Now it has a new chief executive, and her appointment marks another major change: Tone Wille is Posten’s first female top executive in its 369-year history. “Yes, I’ll be Posten’s first […]

Cargo jet crash shocks Posten Norge

Only small fragments remained of a cargo jet that crashed during the night while transporting mail for the Norwegian postal service Posten. Postal officials were expressing shock and sorrow Friday morning after news came that the crash killed the jet’s two cockpit crew members on board, and all its mail was lost. “We are all very upset by this […]

Postal service wants to drop ‘A-post’

Norway’s struggling postal service (Posten Norge) wants to combine its first- and second-class delivery systems known as “A- and B-post,” and thus do away with A-post’s expectations of overnight delivery. Customers can confirm that such expectations often aren’t fulfilled anyway. State authorities now demand that 85 percent of all A-post be delivered overnight, while B-post should arrive within three […]

Postal monopoly set to end

Three of the four non-socialist parties that have been negotiating to form a new government have said they don’t want to allow the Norwegian postal service (Posten) to maintain its monopoly on delivery of letters. A coalition among them thus will likely halt the only reservation Norway has raised under its economic agreement with the […]

Post offices face major shutdown

The Norwegian postal service (Posten Norge) announced Tuesday that it will shut down 149 post offices by 2014, with only 29 surviving the massive closures in Norway plus one on the Norwegian-controlled Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The move will affect around 1,000 postal employees and it’s already been approved by the Norwegian Parliament. Norway only […]