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New homes designed for divorced couples, students
A socially conscious housing project in Oslo, still under evaluation by local building authorities, aims to help take the financial sting out of divorces and lessen stress on the children. It can also help students buy their own portion of a residential unit, instead of paying high rent with no returns. Real estate development firm […]
Oslo’s new bishop hails open church
It seemed only fitting that the new Bishop of Oslo would be ordained on the Sunday before Christmas. Kari Veiteberg, who’s been called Norway’s version of Pope Francis, upholds the holiday tradition of extending good will all year round and now has reason to celebrate. Veiteberg is Oslo’s 32nd Lutheran bishop since the Reformation but […]
First man convicted in Tysfjord assaults
A man in his 40s from the small but traumatized community of Tysfjord in Northern Norway was sentenced on Monday to five-and-a-half years in prison for sexually assaulting five women. His case is the first of at least 150, after a police investigation finally uncovered a culture of abuse and assault in Tysfjord stretching back […]
Norway drops effort to lead the OSCE
Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide is dropping one of the so-called “prestige projects” led by her predecessor Børge Brende. She doesn’t want to spend the time and money needed to campaign for leadership of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), opting to concentrate instead on winning a seat on the UN […]
Norway had to settle for handball silver
Norway’s wildly popular women’s national handball team lost their title as World Champions on Sunday, after losing by two points to France. The loss put a damper on holiday spirits, but their consolation prize was the silver medal after this year’s World Championships in Germany. Norway had rolled over earlier competitors, not least the Russians, but […]
Norwegians advance to World Championship finals
Norway’s popular women’s national handball team made another demonstrative show of force on Friday, beating the Netherlands’ team by a score of 32-23. Their latest victory propels the Norwegian women to the finals of the handball world championships in Germany. State broadcaster NRK reported that the Norwegian women, who trounced their Russian rivals earlier in the […]
Norway lowered its emissions
As an oil-and gas-producing nation, Norway has long been guilty of generating more carbon emissions at a time when other countries are cutting theirs. New numbers from state statistics bureau SSB this week showed that Norway now is finally making some reductions as well. Norwegian emissions have fallen by 6 percent from their peak in […]
US Embassy confirms sale
The US Embassy in Oslo confirmed the sale this week of the building in Oslo that housed it for nearly 60 years. The embassy moved last spring to a larger and more secure site outside the city center. As reported earlier, the building designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was sold to investment firm Fredensborg […]
Immigration wins more supporters
Norwegians continue to have a more positive impression of immigrants, according to the latest national survey conducted by state statistics bureau SSB. More think it should be easier for asylum seekers to settle down in Norway and that immigrants make a useful contribution to the workforce, while most immigrants themselves are satisfied with life in […]
Labour’s leader denies conflict
Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has been caught this week in a rising storm around his deputy and potential rival Trond Giske. Støre went on national radio Friday morning to deny allegations of both a power struggle within the party and that Giske is guilty of sexual harassament. Støre and his party have been […]
Hint of higher rates boosts the ‘krone’
UPDATED: Norway’s krone has been through another period of extreme weakness during the past week, but it gained strength on Thursday. The boost came after the country’s central bank hinted that it may raise interest rates sooner than expected, and then that rates may rise faster. Norges Bank’s Executive Board decided to once again keep […]
Norway trounces Russia, at least in handball
Norwegian media outlets were having a field day on Thursday, giving prominent coverage to how Norway’s popular women’s national handball team trounced Russia’s team in World Championship action in Germany Wednesday night. The Norwegian women beat their Russian counterparts by a score of 34-17 in the quarter-finals, after what media commentators called “majestic” play. State […]
FM radio fans air pirate broadcasts
Norway officially switched over to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) on a nationwide basis this week, but that doesn’t mean FM radios are only full of static around the country. Nearly 200 local FM radio stations are allowed to keep broadcasting through 2022, while DAB dislikers and FM defenders are starting up pirate broadcasts as well. […]
NATO boss ‘surprised’ by extended term
Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who became secretary general of NATO in 2014, said he was “surprised” but also “honoured” that his term of duty was extended this week by another two years. He thinks it gives him an even stronger mandate than he already had. “I was under the impression that there […]
Oil Fund turns ‘climate activist’
Risk assessments already being made by Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund may now help reverse climate change. The fund’s chief, Yngve Slyngstad, and Nowegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg played key roles at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “One Planet Summit” in Paris this week, with Slyngstad talking about how investors can […]
Russians guided around F35 base
Norway’s newly expanded Ørland Air Force Base has been kept mostly off limits for Norwegian photo-journalists and many others, but Russian officers were given a tour of it last week. The tour can be viewed as an important move towards easing recent tensions between Norway and Russia, while newspaper Aftenposten described it as a “paradox.” Defense […]
New fighter jets flew in ‘jul’ formation
Norwegians all over the country got a rare glimpse of their new F35 fighter jets on Tuesday when two of them, along with 12 of Norway’s older F16s, flew in formation from north to south. It was an unusual display that had a variety of purposes, also as an annual Christmas greeting to all those […]
Competitors clap for Klæbo
Norway’s new ski hero Johannes Høsflot Klæbo remained undefeated after he won his sixth World Cup race in a row in Davos last weekend. Some Norwegian women skiers also struck back with victories of their own, but Klæbo continued to astound everyone including rivals who applauded his success. Frederico Pellegrino of the Italian men’s ski […]
Nuclear fears spur call for iodine pills
Norwegian authorities issued an unusual warning on Tuesday. They claim the risk of nuclear accidents has risen, and they’re asking communities and pharmacies all over the country to stock up on iodine pills to help fend off cancer following any spread of radiation. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the state health directorate (Helsedirektoratet) is worried […]
Listhaug sets off more controversy
Sylvi Listhaug, Norway’s government minister in charge of immigration and integration, set off more debate this week after releasing the results of a study she’d ordered. It confirms that Norwegians with immigrant background are over-represented in crime statistics, a fact Listhaug seized upon while downplaying how the study also shows the degree of over-representation declining […]