Solberg survives anti-terror critics

Prime Minister Erna Solberg avoided a lack of confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday over her government’s failure to improve preparedness for a terrorist attack. She did have to accept the toughest criticism the Parliament can otherwise dish out. State broadcaster NRK reported that Solberg, who just returned from a trip to South Africa and […]

Norwegians urged to ‘be prepared’

Norway’s state directorate in charge of security and preparedness (DSB) has launched a campaign urging Norwegians to be prepared for a crisis. Last summer’s drought and some recent major storms have set off warnings that Norwegians should be able to cope without electricity, water and communications for at least 72 hours. “We live in a […]

State needs new police director

Norway’s justice ministry will soon be launching a search for a new director of the state police. Current state police director Odd Reidar Humlegård has decided to step down when his six-year term ends in November. Humlegård, age 57, said he simply chose not to apply for an extension of his contract. He told state […]

Residents still waiting for mountain to fall

A small group of hardy Norwegians were evacuated once again this week from their homes at the bottom of the unstable mountainside known as Mannen, in a valley in Romsdalen. It’s their seventh evacuation in recent years. Geologists sent out warnings earlier this week and then raised them to the so-called “red alert” level. On […]

Latest disaster film shakes up geologists

Norwegians were streaming to cinemas all over the country this weekend, to see the latest film about a natural disaster on home turf in Oslo. It’s shaking up both them and local geologists, who disagree over whether there’s a real threat of a massive earthquake in a country that has never had one, but does have […]

Solberg hangs on to power, for now

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg showed at least some of the humility expected of her when she faced the Parliament’s disciplinary committee Monday evening. The committee, however, didn’t feel it received enough answers during its all-day hearing on problems and delays in improving security and preparedness for another terrorist attack in Norway. It now wants […]

Opposition feels misled by Solberg

Several opposition parties in Parliament think Prime Minister Erna Solberg misinformed Parliament when she reported that work was on track to secure important buildings in Norway against terrorist attack. Their claims came after the state director of police testified at a hearing on Monday that the prime minister had “misunderstood” the police reports. Torgeir Knag […]

Government grilled on security issues

NEWS ANALYSIS: Seven years after a right-wing extremist’s bomb destroyed Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo, film crews were recreating the grim scene over the weekend for yet another drama about the deadly terrorist attack. It provided an eerie backdrop for a parliamentary hearing on Monday, at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other government officials […]

Solberg stresses security

Prime Minister Erna Solberg seems to realize that the best defense is a good offense: Just days before being called in for questioning by Parliament about her government’s alleged neglect of security improvements, she laid down the cornerstone for the Norwegian police’s new National Preparedness Center. “This is a great day for Norwegian preparedness,” declared […]

Terror preparedness blasted again

Norwegian politicians have been repeatedly criticized for failing to secure some of the country’s most venerable institutions from a terrorist attack. Now the state government is being blasted once again, for not making sufficient progress since the last round of criticism. City and county officials have been targets of criticism as well. The state auditor […]