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Mixed reaction to latest ministerial embarrassment

Oddmund Hoel has narrowly avoided becoming the third government minister in charge of research and higher education to resign in disgrace during the past year. He readily admitted, though, that kissing and hugging the woman who serves as a...

NRK tried to avoid promoting Qatar

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) didn't want to air promotional material from Qatar's tourism agency during this summer's European football championships, but found out it doesn't have a choice. A request to drop the promos from "Visit Qatar" was quickly turned...

Inflation declines, but food prices rise

Norway's consumer price index (CPI) fell for the fifth month in a row in May, aided by a sharp reduction in electricity rates and new car prices. The country's notoriously food prices, though, rose yet again and are likely...

DFDS sells its Oslo cruise-ferries

Danish shipowning company DFDS is selling its cruise-ferry operations between Norway and Denmark, marking the end of an era for what's fondly called danskebåten (the Danish boat) among Norwegians. The ships have been carrying passengers, vehicles and some cargo...

Housing prices rise again

Despite all the concerns over higher interest rates, housing prices in Norway rose again in May. Real estate brokers are reporting more homes on the market and lots more interest from would-be buyers. Norway's national real estate organization, Eiendom Norge,...

Labour’s labour minister halts strike

Norway's Labour Party insists that it fully supports workers' rights to strike, but its Labour Minister Tonje Brenna has halted a major strike by the state's most highly educated workers for the second time in a week. The strike...

Temperatures dive, snow in the forecast

After several weeks of unusually hot weather, a chilly rain was pouring down over most of central- and southern Norway this week and snow was expected in the mountains. Thermometers had fallen by as much as 15 degrees in...

Strikes hit police, universities, ministries, even weather forecasters

Most threatened strikes have been averted at the last minute in Norway this spring, while some strikers were ordered back to work this week. An ongoing strike by the labour federation Unio, however, has kept expanding: It represents a...

New fatal accident at Preikestolen

UPDATED: The trail heading up to Norway's popular Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) was closed for several hours on Monday, after a hiker slipped and fell close to its summit. The hiker's body, which fell 200 meters, was later found with the...

Unemployment rises but more Ukrainians hired

A total of 119,000 people in Norway are now officially unemployed, pushing the country's unemployment rate up to 4 percent last month. That's still considered relatively low, though, and more Ukrainian refugees have found work. The latest numbers from state...

More Michelin stars shine over Norway

All the usual hype and hugs were in place when Guide Michelin doled out its latest round of stars to Norwegian restaurants this week. Norway now has two restaurants with three Michelin stars, one with two stars and 17...

Greens Party urges new national park

Norway's newest national park just officially opened east of Oslo and now the Greens Party is already proposing another one, in Rogaland. It's the only county in Norway that now lacks a national park. "That's sad," Greens leader Arild Hermstad...

Norway’s currency gets a bit stronger

After months of unusual weakness, Norway's krone has strengthened against most all major currencies, especially the US dollar. It dipped again on Tuesday, but exchange rates were a bit more favourable for Norwegians on the verge of the summer...

Southern Norway recovering from some extreme weather

The Norwegian capital was recovering on Tuesday after sudden, torrential rain set off flash floods on Monday. The extreme weather, accompanied by lots of lightning and thunder, also knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Repairs were rapidly...

Norway boosts crisis preparedness

War in Europe, digital threats and climate change have prompted Norwegian officials to expand their crisis preparedness guidelines and even cooperate more closely with the EU. Everyone in the country should now be able to get along without water,...

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