Stalled UK trade deal stirs concern

Norway’s and the UK’s failure to strike a new post-Brexit free trade agreement by January 1 is unleashing new concerns, even with an interim transition deal in place. It also points up conflicts, within Norway’s own negotiating team, that once again have pitted Norway’s powerful farming lobby against its important fishing industry. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]

Employers’ group rings Brexit alarm

Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO is warning that Norwegian businesses need to prepare for chaos when post-Brexit transition pacts between the EU and the UK expire on December 31. Progress on firming up new agreements has been slow. News bureau NTB reported last week that Norway and the UK may not have their own free […]

China accused of a ‘moral collapse’

Reaction to Chinese authorities’ crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy continues in Norway, with several top politicians now keen on offering asylum to the former British colony’s pro-democracy activists. One former Norwegian government minister is even calling China “the world’s largest dictatorship.” “I also think we need to evaluate whether this is a country with which […]

Solberg backs joint Brexit talks with UK

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she’s keen to cooperate with her partners in the European Economic Area (EEA/EØS), Iceland and Liechtenstein, to jointly negotiate a new trade and policy pact with the UK. The three EEA members met in Oslo on the first working day after the UK formally withdrew from the EU, and therefore the EEA […]

Norway, UK sign own Brexit deal

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide signed Norway’s own “Brexit agreement” with the UK in London Tuesday afternoon. It’s aimed at securing existing rights for Norwegian and British citizens in each other’s country after the UK leaves the European Union at midnight on Friday. Søreide claimed there “will be no changes in the relation between our […]

Norwegians and Swedes face off

Rivalry and friendship between Norwegians and Swedes extends back over the centuries, but recently their embassies in Stockholm and Oslo got curious: What do they really think about one another today? Surveys were launched and the latest batch of results suggests a lack of insight into just how important bilateral relations are. Newspaper Aftenposten reports […]

Solberg optimistic after British vote

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was quick to congratulate her British counterpart Boris Johnson, after his Conservative Party’s landslide victory in Thursday’s general election. She thinks, like many others, that it will lead to more “predictability” after years of uncertainty, but others aren’t so sure. “When the Conservatives have now gained a majority (in the British […]

Norway braces for new Brexit chaos

This week’s Brexit drama is once again being followed anxiously in Norway, which struggled with its own EU referendum results in 1994. Now Great Britain is Norway’s single biggest trading partner, and Norwegian seafood exporters in particular don’t want, for example, to see their fish rot in any long lines at customs if the UK […]

Weak ‘krone’ may get even weaker

After more than a week of trading at around NOK 9 to the US dollar, Norway’s biggest bank is predicting that the country’s currency may lose even more value. DNB Markets thinks it will cost NOK 10.20 to buy a euro around Christmastime. The investment banking arm of Oslo-based DNB wrote in its latest economic […]

Brazilian free trade deal ignites fury

The timing could hardly have been worse, or even more internationally and politically embarrassing for the Norwegian government: As fires raged in the Amazon, and just a week after Norway withheld funds because of Brazil’s alleged violations of rain forest preservation, Norway and its fellow members of the European Economic Area have entered into a […]