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New restart for Norway’s government

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre had to replace more of his ministers this week, after yet another one let him down. He clearly hopes his new line-up can remain intact until next year's national election, which...

King Harald heads back to work

Norway's 87-year-old King Harald V will be back at work on Monday, reports the Royal Palace staff in Oslo. He's been off on sick leave after an ill-fated birthday holiday trip to Malaysia in February. Most would have retired long...

‘Krone’ weakens again but Norway secures its use for cash payments

The value of Norway's historically weak krone sank again heading into the weekend, but Norwegians have at least been assured of legally being able to spend their kroner in cash form. Despite the government's constant push towards digitalization, it's...

Asylum terms extended for Ukrainians

The Norwegian government plans to extend the current collective protection for refugees from Ukraine from three to five years. The plan will allow more time for both Norwegian authorities and Ukrainian refugees themselves to decide on their future. "The situation...

Norway tops in foreign aid

A new overview of foreign aid contributions from countries attached to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) places Norway at the top. It confirms how Norway still aims to share its wealth, especially when there's a war...

Frustrated farmers roared into town

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway should have avoided noisy demonstrations by angry farmers like those seen around Europe this spring, since one of the country's most farmer-friendly parties shares government power. Sloppy politics and endless demands by farmers already wallowing in...

Norway boosts aid to Moldova

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide started this week not only with an unannounced visit to Ukraine but also to neighbouring Moldova, which has taken in around 100,000 Ukrainian refugees since Russia attacked Ukraine in 2022. Norway is also boosting...

Norway firm on support for Ukraine

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was in Kyiv this week, to assure the beleaguered Ukrainians "of our support ... for many years ahead." It will be funding many sectors now, aimed at meeting the most crucial needs at...

Trains halted all over Norway

Train passengers faced delays nationwide on Tuesday, after all lines were suddenly brought to a halt in Eastern-, Southern- and Western Norway. Officials initially blamed a signal error, then a major power failure, and it was all another example...

Several strikes averted

It's taken a lot of intense marathon negotiations, but representatives for both labour unions and employers have been able to shake hands over a series of wage and benefit settlements so far this spring. Construction workers, hotel workers and...

Disgraced biathlon boss sentenced to prison

Anders Besseberg, the Norwegian sports bureaucrat who headed the International Biathlon Union (IBU) for 25 years, has fallen victim to the expensive watches, prostitutes and hunting trips he accepted from foreign officials, mostly Russian. A court in Norway ruled...

Another minister forced to resign

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre had to demand the resignation of yet another member of his government on Friday, after Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol of his own Labour Party was formally accused of willfully cheating on her master's thesis...

New faces propel Peace Prize process

The young new leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't the only fresh face behind the Oslo-based process of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize. Jørgen Watne Frydnes has another new colleague on the committee and now its five members also...

Man held after defacing Nidaros Cathedral

Police in Trondheim have arrested a man in his 40s after he was caught tagging one of the country's most revered and historic buildings from the Middle Ages: Nidaros Cathedral. His vandalism is being viewed as especially serious, claimed...

Police clear two former ministers

The economic crime unit of the Norwegian police (Økokrim) has closed its cases against two former government ministers. Anette Trettebergstuen of the Labour Party and Ola Borten Moe of the Center Party had both resigned their posts amid a...

Sami demonstrators cleared in court

All of the 18 Sami demonstrators who'd refused to pay fines for ignoring police orders to end their occupation of a government ministry last year were acquitted by the Oslo County Court on Tuesday. One of their lawyers called...

Labour union leader claims ‘big victory’

After months of heated debate over record-high executive compensation and an unwillingness to share company profits with workers, Norwegian union leaders have been fighting back. They scored what's being called "a big victory" on Sunday, after industrial employers finally...

Woman charged in new murder case

Police in Våler, northeast of Oslo, have arrested a woman in her 50s for murder, after a man was found dead late Saturday night in the small community of Braskereidfoss. It has a population of just 257, and the local...

Surprise jump in housing prices

Real estate officials seemed as surprised as everyone else, when they analyzed new average prices for March and found them to be up by 5.9 percent over the same month last year. More potential buyers have also been turning...

Defense build-up takes shape

NEWS ANALYSIS: First came news this week that far more young Norwegians face an expanded military draft. Then came confirmation that the Andøya air station in Northern Norway will be revived as a base for long-range surveillance drones, before...

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