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Freak storm causes more damage
A sudden and intense combination of lightning, thunder, heavy rain and extremely strong winds caused more damage just after 4pm in Oslo. Trees were torn down all over the city, including a stately old oak in the park at Sofienberg. “We got reports that trees were knocked down and roof panels were blown off houses,” […]
Murder charges dropped against ex-neo-Nazi
Police in Oslo no longer think that a 55-year-old former neo-Nazi who once was convicted of murders in Hadeland was also responsible for the murder of a 39-year-old man in the valley of Maridalen last month. Johnny Olsen remains charged, however, with desecrating a corpse. The smoldering remains of the 39-year-old were found by hikers […]
Supply ships busy in Russian waters
Norwegian supply ships that offer various services to the offshore oil industry have been busy in Russia’s Arctic waters this summer. It’s welcome business for supply ship owners that lost lots of business when the oil price collapse in 2014 dried up activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Several supply ship owners faced bankruptcy, and […]
‘Regional reform needs a re-start’
Efforts to merge Norway’s counties, to make them bigger and better able to deliver more public services, have stranded in Finnmark and Troms. A heated battle over plans to merge the two northernmost counties now threatens to torpedo regional reform efforts all over the country: The government minister in charge said as much herself during […]
Wolf supporters join meat boycott
The ongoing battle between those trying to preserve Norway’s wolf population and farmers wanting to preserve free-grazing traditions for their sheep and lambs has moved into grocery stores. Wolf supporters are joining a boycott rooted in social media against the purchase of all meat caught in conflicts. Sausage made from sheep meat in Norway (called […]
Rates kept stable as growth slows
Norway’s central bank (Norges Bank) opted against raising interest rates on Thursday, while economists warned of weaker economic growth and “deep concern” about US President Donald Trump’s trade wars. A rise in interest rates still looms in September. The central bank’s executive board stated that the current “upturn” in the Norwegian economy that began when […]
Arctic cycling race gets underway
The cycling world’s Arctic Race of Norway began rolling from Norway’s northern town of Vadsø on Thursday, but without Norwegian star Edvald Boasson Hagen and his teammate Mark Cavendish. Their Team Dimension Data was fronting others, though, for the long-weekend race around Finnmark, and more big names like Christophe Laporte and Warren Barguil were in […]
Rain eases ban on outdoor grilling
Enough rain has fallen in the past week that the state meteorological institute has dropped its overall warning of high forest fire danger. Most extraordinary local bans on campfires and outdoor grilling, however, remain in place. While some areas along the West Coast have dropped the grilling bans, too, emergency authorities in Oslo and Østfold […]
White wine flowed in the summer heat
For the first time ever, Norwegians drank more white wine than red wine in July. Red wine has always dominated the market in Norway, but this summer’s record high temperatures for weeks on end clearly led to a change in preferences. The numbers presented by state wine monopoly (Vinmonopolet) that controls and distributes retail sales […]
PST’s boss calls minister ‘careless’
The head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) said on Wednesday that investigators may not be able to determine whether former government minister Per Sandberg’s mobile phone was compromised when he opted to take it with him on trips to China and Iran. Benedicte Bjørnland said Sandberg was “careless” in connection with his […]
Lofoten ‘saved’ from oil, for now
The scenic and highly popular coastal areas around Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja in Northern Norway will likely be spared from controversial oil exploration and production activity offshore. The oil industry is unhappy, but political reality has even set in among trade unions and other organizations keen on the jobs oil activity could create. The first […]
‘Circus Sandberg’ clouded debate
Norway’s first nationally televised political party leader debate of the season was utterly overshadowed Tuesday night by the ongoing storm stirred up by former government minister Per Sandberg and his controversial summer holiday in Iran. Sandberg’s admitted security violations both before and during the trip to Iran were repeatedly used by opposition party leaders in […]
Hockey stars drew a huge crowd
Far more Norwegians showed up for an unusual charity ice hockey match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium over the weekend than normally show up for the football matches normally held there. They were drawn by Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello and other top players from the NHL. “It’s fantastic to see so many people here,” Zuccarello […]
Record rain after record drought
The heavy rain that fell over much of Southern Norway during the weekend set records that seemed to take various areas from one extreme to the other after this summer’s drought. Three places in central Norway recorded their wettest August day in the past 78 years, but the drought isn’t over. Weather stations at Sverresborg […]
Telenor boss targets Svendsen
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Tuesday that the chief executive of Telenor, Sigve Brekke, has tried to squeeze out the company’s lone woman in top management, Berit Svendsen. Several sources told NRK that Svendsen is now fighting to hang on to her post as head of Telenor’s Scandinavian operations. Svendsen, age 55, was a top […]
Pakistanis celebrate national day
Not unlike Americans celebrating the 4th of July in Frogner Park, Oslo’s large Pakistani community was gathering at Ekeberg on Tuesday to celebrate their national day. For some children with Pakistani roots, it means they get to march in two national parades: Norway’s on the 17th of May and Pakistan’s on the 14th of August. […]
Appeals court trims terror convict’s jail term
A 34-year-old Norwegian man from the small town of Verdal in Trøndelag was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years and three months in jail, after being convicted of joining the terror organization ISIL and planning terrorist attacks with ISIL members. The appeals court ruling is three months shorter than a sentence handed down last November […]
Teenage murder suspect ‘tried to hide’
The Bjørgvin Prison in Bergen set off full police alarms Monday evening after guards suddenly lost sight of a 17-year-old murder suspect in their custody. He jumped over one of two fences surrounding the prison’s recreation yard but was later found, still on prison grounds. It was initially feared that the teenage boy, who has […]
Security issues hit Solberg’s coalition
NEWS ANALYSIS: The past few week’s political storm over errant government minister Per Sandberg was supposed to die down on Tuesday, but was leaving lots of damage in its wake. Opposition politicians are milking it for all its worth, as they seem to seek new ways to topple Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative government coalition. […]
Political battles move to Arendal
The usually peaceful coastal town of Arendal in Southern Norway was once again becoming the scene of lively debate this week, as thousands of politicians, social activists, business leaders, labour and non-governmental organizations gather for the annual event known as “Arendalsuka.” This year’s gathering is especially timely, with a resurgent Labour Party suddenly on the […]