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Threat forced the evacuation of a Hurtigruten ship

Police ordered the evacuation Wednesday night of more than 300 people who were on board one of the Hurtigruten ships that cruise along the Norwegian coast. The evacuation came after a threat was lodged against the vessel while it...

Norway tracks Russian ‘spy ship’

Norwegian defense forces including some F35 fighter jets were tracking the movements this week of a Russian research vessel that military experts believe is used for espionage. A former chief of defense thinks it's mostly part of efforts by...

Rain helps ease water restrictions

Some autumn storms with lots of rain have raised water levels in mountain reservoirs, and eased the need for restrictions on water consumption in Oslo. City officials have lifted measures put in place to save water last spring. The conservation...

Warnings fly around the government

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and his finance minister, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, have been warning about tough times ahead for months. Now the public seems to be warning them: Another new poll has given opposition parties a solid majority in...

British frigate joins North Sea patrols

The British Navy is sending one of its frigates to help back up the Norwegian Navy in defending oil and gas installations in the North Sea. Magazine Teknisk Ukeblad reports that the defense reinforcements come after a meeting of...

New airline cuts flights

Norwegian airline Flyr, which just started taking off last summer, announced it would be cutting routes from November to March. One airline analyst predicts others may do the same, because of lower demand. "We're heading into a challenging winter," said...

Norway both scolds and negotiates with Russia at the same time

Norway has heightened security around all critical infrastructure and harbours, and called the Russian ambassador in on the carpet in Oslo. At the same time, however, Norwegian officials invited Russian counterparts to renegotiate fishing rights in the Barents Sea,...

Parliament opens amidst crises

King Harald V read what many called the most serious speech from the throne they'd ever heard during the formal annual opening of the Norwegian Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament themselves, meanwhile, are also trying to recover from...

War overshadows upcoming Peace Prize

It's been a long time since the Norwegian Nobel Committee needed to choose a Peace Prize winner in the midst of war in Europe. Its members must announce a new Nobel Laureate on Friday however, and top candidates include...

Norway tightens Russian border control

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl flew up to Northern Norway's border to Russia on Sunday to meet with local police and defense forces stationed in the area. The visit comes after the government announced stricter border control and that...

Police call for more help at Mongstad

Norway's western police district has asked the military for help, if the need for extra security around Equinor's huge oil and gas plant and refinery at Mongstad becomes long term. Unidentified drones were seen flying over the supply base...

Gas leak and emissions ‘enormous’

Methane gas emissions were swirling over Scandinavia this week, after explosions on two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea blew out a total of four holes in them. In addition to all the gas bubbling to the surface...

Defense forces sail out to oil fields

UPDATED: Norwegian naval vessels were sailing out to offshore oil and gas installations on Friday, and may be joined by NATO allies, after more reports of unidentified drones flying around the Ekofisk field. Since the installations are now considered...

Embassy demonstration turned violent

Police arrested more than 90 people on Thursday after a demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in Oslo turned violent. Several of the demonstrators tried to break into the embassy, located in the Norwegian capital's fashionable Frogner district. Police resorted to...

Princess Martha Louise loses support

A majority of Norwegians no longer thinks Princess Martha Louise should represent the Royal Family in official duties. A new survey also found that only 13 percent think she should. That's record low support for any of the royals, and...

Tall Ship sailed around gas leak

One of Norway' three classic old sailing ships, the Christian Radich, suddenly found itself too close for comfort while sailing from Oslo to Gotland in the Baltic Sea on Monday. It picked up "unusual echoes" on its radar, and...

Prime minister: ‘Sabotage suspicions have been strengthened’

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference that "information we have received today strengthens further suspicions" that the gas leaks from Russia's Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea are the result of sabotage. Støre...

Norway’s pipelines now branded as a ‘prime target for sabotage’

Norway's offshore oil and gas installations and pipelines have suddenly emerged as "probably Europe's biggest sabotage goal," according to one of the country's leading military researchers. Both the government and various companies involved were scrambling on Wednesday to boost...

Teachers ordered back to work

Norway's labour minister, Marte Mjøs Persen, is from the Labour Party herself and usually honours workers' right to strike. On Tuesday evening, though, she ordered teachers nationwide to end a strike that's dragged on since June. "The two sides unfortunately...

National team disappoints its fans

Norway's national football team has some of the best professional players in the world, but just can't seem to make it work. Tuesday night's latest loss to Serbia knocked them out of the top spot in their Nations League...

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