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Housing scandal unfolds in Oslo
Political and administrative officials at Oslo’s City Hall are alarmed, and accused of lacking control, after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) has revealed a pattern of suspicious real estate deals that left the city paying inflated prices for public housing units. All purchases of residential units for welfare clients have been halted and an investigation is underway. […]
New hospital to be built for Mjøsa region
After 15 years of debate over its location, state health authorities have decided against building a new hospital for the large and growing area around Lake Mjøsa in any of the region’s four largest cities. Instead of placing the hospital in either Hamar, Elverum, Gjøvik or Lillehammer, it will be built at Moelv, where the […]
Charity drive raises millions for Unicef
Norway’s annual charity drive organized by state broadcaster NRK and known as TV-aksjonen, raised NOK 218.5 million (USD 28 million) on Sunday for Unicef. The money poured in from Norway’s roughly 5 million residents and will be used to help more children in poverty-stricken and war-torn areas go to school. The fund-raising effort was boosted […]
Fall foliage lights up the autumn days
PHOTO FEATURE: Norway has been in the midst of another spectacular autumn characterized by fall foliage that literally seems to light up forests, countryside and urban landscapes. The sun came out briefly in Oslo on Monday, but it’s the fall colours that provide colour and light during some recently dreary days. Norway’s tourism industry hasn’t […]
Oil Fund caught in a power struggle
The head of Norway’s central bank, Øystein Olsen, and the man running the central bank’s unit in charge of managing Norway’s huge Oil Fund, Yngve Slyngstad, disagree on the fund’s future. Their disagreement has now been branded as a “power struggle” that can only be settled by the state politicians ultimately responsible for the fund, […]
Sørlandet hit by more flooding
UPDATED: Heavy rain in Southern Norway sparked more flooding that forced closure of the E18 highway from Arendal in Aust-Agder all the way to Kragerø in Telemark on Sunday. Five county roads were also closed, but most were reopening on Monday. There was so much water on the road around Lundevatnet that driving was hazardous. […]
Boxer Brækhus wins again
Norway’s world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus won yet another match over the weekend, beating Mikaela Lauren of Sweden in what was judged as a technical knock-out. It was Brækhus’ 32nd professional victory when she defended her title during the Oslofjord Fight Night. Commentators claimed Lauren, age 41, didn’t have a chance against Brækhus, age 36. […]
Trump chooses envoy to Norway
US President Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate a retired rear admiral who now works for a health care strategy company as his ambassador to Norway. One Norwegian commentator called Trump’s choice of Kenneth Braithwaite “surprising.” The White House offered no reason for the choice in its official statement but described Braithwaite […]
‘An historic day for Norway as a nation’
There was reason for smiles and laughter amidst the fall foliage in Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s garden on Friday. Even academic political experts were calling it “unique and historic” when three women could meet there to celebrate holding all three top government posts in Norway. The appointment on Friday of Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide as […]
Solberg presents new ministers
It’s official: Ine Eriksen Søreide is now Norway’s new foreign minister and the first woman to ever hold the post. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was visibly proud to formally announce her appointment on Friday, while also presenting the man who will succeed Søreide as defense minister and another woman who’ll succeed him as government minister […]
Film on July 22 terror wins state funds
British filmmaker Paul Greengrass has received NOK 17.21 million (USD 2.1 million) in state incentive funding from the Norwegian government. The money is aimed to help finance his upcoming film about events leading up to the bombing and massacre carried out by a young, ultra-right-wing Norwegian on July 22, 2011. The film, entitled Norway, will […]
Telenor lays off another 79 workers
Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor is cutting back again, this time at divisions in Gjøvik and at company headquarters at Fornebu, west of Oslo. The goal is to cut costs and make operations more efficient. The company announced this week that its “Fixed & TV” division in Gjøvik will be shut down, with a loss of […]
Southern Norway braced for rainy weekend
State meteorologists were warning residents of Southern Norway, especially the area from Kragerø to Kristiansand known as Sørlandet, to prepare for more intense rain during the weekend. The heavy rain can also cause more damage and flooding. The area is still mopping up after severe flooding just three weeks ago. Now flood warnings were posted […]
Selje hotel director convicted of arson
The owner and manager of a popular waterfront hotel in Selje, near Norway’s West Cape, has been convicted and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, for setting the hotel on fire. The arson was found to be part of an attempted insurance scam. The fire that broke out in November of last year destroyed the […]
Angry Jagland angers others
Thorbjørn Jagland, the former Norwegian prime minister who’s been serving as secretary general of the Council of Europe since 2009, has landed in conflicts both at work in Strasbourg and, once again, at home in Norway. Jagland is now fiercely fending off scathing criticism over his failure to act years ago on corruption claims against […]
Women consolidate their power to rule
NEWS ANALYSIS: First they all went to a rock concert together last weekend. The next day, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), the three women gathered again on Sunday afternoon at Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s residence behind the Royal Palace, to discuss how they could soon lead Norway’s non-socialist government. Negotiations for a new, expanded non-socialist […]
Mysterious deaths tied to isolation
The deaths of a 68-year-old woman and her two daughters, age 35 and 28, have set off sorrow and soul-searching in the large Oslo apartment complex where they lived. They hadn’t been seen, or missed, since last summer but police claim all three “chose to isolate themselves.” Their bodies were found late last week in […]
Suspicion swirls on holiday island
The mayor of an island community that’s a popular holiday destination in Southern Norway has asked local police to look into suspected irregularities regarding its building permit process. Speculation is rising over whether some wealthy owners of holiday homes will be ordered to tear down the so-called hytter they may have been illegally allowed to build. […]
Ex-Kongsberg boss appeals jail term
A former sales director at state-owned Kongsberg Gruppen was sentenced on Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted on charges of tax evasion, money laundering and misappropriation of funds amounting to more than NOK 50 million. Dag Tore Sekkelsten, who was responsible for Kongsberg’s sales to Romania, filed an immediate appeal. “Sekkelsten is […]
Kurdistan conflict hits Oslo oil firm
Shares in Norwegian oil company DNO were recovering on Wednesday, following a dive earlier this week that was tied to the ongoing conflict over Kurdistan. DNO is one of the few international firms with large oil reserves in the area, as operator of the Tawke field northeast of Kirkuk. The region has been much in […]