PST ‘underestimates white terror threat’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST received tips last year about the young Norwegian white supremacist who murdered his adopted ethnically Chinese step-sister and then attacked a mosque in Bærum during the weekend. PST didn’t take contact with him, even though he had access to weapons, and now they’re accused of not taking right-wing extremists seriously […]

Family thanks public for condolences

The adoptive parents of 17-year-old Johanne Zhanghia Ihle-Hansen, who police believe was murdered by her right-wing extremist step-brother who’s also charged with terrorism, have expressed appreciation for the support and condolences they’ve received, also from Islamic leaders who were targets of their son’s attack on a local mosque. The victim’s high school in Sandvika opened […]

Fafo foundation recalls racism report

After weeks of debate and some harsh criticism, the Norwegian research foundation Fafo has decided to withdraw a recent report on Norwegians’ views on racism. Fafo announced just before the weekend that it plans to correct the report and publish a new version. Fafo wrote on its own website that the highly disputed formulation of […]

Survey indicates underlying racism

A new report from the research foundation Fafo shows broad support among Norwegians for “active policies” to promote equality and prevent discrimination. Around 25 percent of all those questioned, however, said they fully or partially agreed that some human races are more intelligent than others. That topped newscasts on Norwegian Broadccasting (NRK) Monday morning, not […]

Racism raises its ugly head

Norwegian media has been full of several cases lately of what many call blatant racism against politicians. One case even involved offensive statements made by a former member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “It’s a bit special that immigrants are steadily leading the 17th of May Committee,” Inger-Marie Ytterhorn wrote on social media earlier this […]

Oslo police probe hatred towards AUF

Someone has been sending hateful and threatening messages to members of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization AUF, seven years after it was targeted by a right-wing extremist who gunned down scores of young and aspiring Labour politicians at their annual summer camp. Police have now launched an investigation into the anonymous threats, with those […]

Right-wing extremism rings new alarms

Recent displays of right-wing extremism in Norway are raising concerns within the government, the police and among ordinary citizens from Kristiansand to Mjøndalen. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, was accused on Thursday of using “Trump rhetoric” after she compared right-wing extremists to the far left of Norwegian politics. “Right-wing extremism and neo-nazis have a lot in common with […]

SIAN group ordered to leave Arendal

A group called SIAN (Stopp Islamiseringen av Norge), wants to halt the influence they believe Muslims have on Norway, was ordered to leave the annual Arendalsuka gathering this week, after fights broke out between its members and those who oppose the group’s views. State broadcaster NRK reported that SIAN had been allowed to set up a booth at […]

Men’s online forum sparks complaints

While Norway officially mourned the victims this weekend of an ultra right-wing terrorist’s attacks on July 22, 2011, members of the controversial men’s online forum Mannegruppa Ottar were making fun of them. Their so-called “jokes” about the massacre on the island of Utøya six years ago have so alarmed the leader of the national support group […]

Women behind racist attacks in Bergen

Police in Bergen received reports during the weekend that two young Norwegian women were verbally and physically attacking people with non-Nordic features. “She said she was a racist and didn’t like foreigners,” one young Palestinian victim told state broadcaster NRK on Sunday. “I’ve never experienced anything like it before,” Sharif Nidal, who has lived in Norway for seven […]