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 […]

Police ban neo-Nazi march after all

Fears of violent confrontations with counter-demonstrators have made police  think twice about allowing a neo-Nazi march in the southern Norwegian city of Fredrikstad this summer. Now it’s been banned, because of the potential for “serious disturbance of the peace, order and legal traffic” through town. Police in Fredrikstad had earlier allowed the march by the Swedish-based […]

Police allow Nazi march in Fredrikstad

Police in the southern Norwegian city of Fredrikstad have decided to allow a Swedish neo-Nazi group to hold a demonstration against homosexuality this summer. The decision has upset local residents and government officials, and counter-demonstrations are already being planned. “Paragraph 100 in our constitution, the right to express yourself, is so strong in Norway,” Inge […]