Government starts talking expansion

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her two other coalition leaders could celebrate five years of cooperation earlier this fall, and now are negotiating to stay in power for at least another three. Policy negotiations with the Christian Democrats finally began Thursday night, after more drama during the day, but no results are expected until […]

Opposition parties keen to raise taxes

As the state budget dust settles on the conservative side of Norwegian politics, every single party on the left side is proposing budgets that contain billions of kroner in higher taxes. That’s not as controversial in Norway as in many other countries, but highlights clearer differences among the eight parties in Parliament, and clearer choices […]

No funds for new Viking ship museum

Norway’s government was once again being accused on Wednesday of allowing the country’s Viking heritage to rot. State budget negotiations failed to provide funding to preserve its priceless Viking ships, or start construction on a renovated museum for them that would be dedicated to the Viking age. “We are very disappointed,” said Håkon Glørstad, director […]

Complaints fly over state budget deal

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has moved closer to her dream of leading a majority non-socialist government, after representatives from all four political parties involved agreed on a new state budget proposal Tuesday night. There’s already lots of complaining, though, especially from Solberg’s government partner, the Progress Party. The budget breakthrough remains significant as Solberg’s Conservatives, […]

New state budget talks underway

The embattled Christian Democrats are carrying on their crusade for more influence. Now they’ve launched into state budget negotiations with the government parties that could lead to them joining the current conservative government coalition and finally giving it a majority in Parliament, but their participation currently carries a price tag as high as NOK 10 […]

Widerøe threatens route cancellations

The Norwegian airline serving small airports around the country claims that a new airline passenger tax can result in major cuts in service to outlying areas. It’s threatening that routes in Finnmark and along the West Coast can be especially affected. The government’s recently proposed state budget includes new methods of calculating the tax that’s […]

State budget’s everyday effects

Details of the government’s state budget proposal this week will have an effect on the everyday lives of most Norwegians if they win majority support in Parliament. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights: There won’t be any increase in Norway’s 25 percent VAT (called moms in Norwegian) but there will be some slight […]

State budget aims for political appeal

Finance Minister Siv Jensen presented the conservative Norwegian government coalition’s state budget proposal on Monday that seems to offer something for everyone. While Jensen stressed that “it’s good for the country,” it was widely viewed as especially good for the small Christian Democrats party that will ultimately decide the fate of both the budget and […]

Flat 25% tax urged for foreign workers

Among the changes in the conservative coalition government’s revised state budget proposal on Tuesday is a simplification of income tax rules for foreign workers. A host of other proposals may be felt by Norwegians as well. Finance Minister Siv Jensen and her government colleagues think current income tax rules for foreigners working in Norway for […]

Revised budget taps less from Oil Fund

Finance Minister Siv Jensen has long wanted to invest more of Norway’s oil revenues at home, in everything from better roads to more nursing homes, instead of in stock markets abroad. She’s nonetheless going along with plans to tap the country’s huge Oil Fund for even less than the conservative government coalition projected in its […]