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  • Profit plunge puts pressure on Posten

    They tried to put the best possible spin on their results, even claiming that &#8220;we had a lot to celebrate in 2018&#8221; with some new markets growing. Top management at Norway&#8217;s postal service Posten Norge nonetheless had to disclose a painful 68 percent plunge in fourth-quarter profits on Monday, at a time when households all over [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Teenage criminals worry police most

    Police have already claimed that juvenile crime, often violent and involving stabbings, was their biggest problem in Oslo last year. It still is, and it&#8217;s spreading nationwide, with boys as young as 10 included among the offenders. A fatal stabbing in Bergen over the weekend climaxed a brawl that mostly involved young men. Teenagers also [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Helicopter crash kills both on board

    A man and woman in their 40s from Rogaland were killed when the helicopter they were flying crashed Sunday in steep mountain terrain near Røldal. An investigation into the cause of the private helicopter crash was already underway on Monday. The helicopter is believed to have taken off around 3pm Sunday afternoon, bound for Karmøy [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Finnmark mining protests underway

    Government ministers arriving for the weekly Council of State at the Royal Palace on Friday were met by noisy and angry demonstrators, protesting their decision last week to allow a controversial mining and dumping operation in Finnmark. More protests were held through the weekend, in Alta, Tromsø, Hamar, Flekkefjord, Sunndal, Trondheim and Oslo. The decision [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Storms caused ‘enormous’ damage

    Local officials and not least home- and vehicle owners were assessing the damage caused over the weekend by the latest severe storm to slam into Nordland County. Damage estimates were hitting tens of millions of kroner, not least in Vesterålen. Sture Pedersen, mayor of Bø in Vesterålen, reported how the storm raged all night, damaging [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Kristoffersen wins first World Championship

    Henrik Kristoffersen, a 24-year-old skier from Rælingen outside Oslo, finally won his first gold medal in World Championship competition on Friday. Kristoffersen flew down the grand slalom course in Åre, Sweden, and was described by one commentator as an &#8220;artist on skis.&#8221; Kristoffersen beat Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who took silver, and Alexis Pinturault of [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Yacht owner flew doomed helicopter

    Norway&#8217;s accident investigations board has delivered its final report on a near-fatal helicopter crash that occurred in Bergen in May 2017. It has concluded that wealthy Hong Kong businessman Charles Chan was flying the helicopter himself, and had little experience when he attempted to land it on his luxury yacht anchored offshore. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Norway won snow crab conflict

    Norway&#8217;s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Latvian fishing vessel that was convicted of illegally trapping snow crabs off Svalbard. The high court concluded that Norway, which has control over the Arctic island group through an international treaty, has exclusive rights to harvest the crabs. The Latvians&#8217; legal complaint has been working its [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Critics rage against new Amundsen film

    Roald Amundsen remains one of Norway&#8217;s greatest heroes, a polar explorer who brought pride and fame to a newly independent country at the turn of the 20th century. A new film about him premiered nationwide in Norway on Friday, but got off to rather poor start. Norwegian critics have panned the film, calling it everything from [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Central bank chief backs oil industry

    NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway&#8217;s oil industry and its supportive Norwegian government have won backing from the country&#8217;s central bank chief to keep on pumping and looking for more offshore oil and gas reserves. In an annual and much-followed speech Thursday evening, Øystein Olsen also opted against commenting on how the government spends Norway&#8217;s oil revenues, for [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Giske may make a comeback

    Trond Giske, the former top Labour Party politician toppled by sexual harassment charges against him, was disappointed the party won&#8217;t take up his case again for further examination. Nor will it pay his attorney&#8217;s fees, but Giske claims he wants to remain active in the party and may mount a comeback. Labour sent a letter [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Røkke’s tower can’t save the seas

    Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke has been met with thumbs down from political leaders in the Oslo suburb of Bærum, who refused to approve his plan for a skyscraper at Fornebu. Now Røkke may take his plan elsewhere, or even out of Norway. The building plans unveiled last year in the presence of Prime Minister [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • PST criticizes counterpart’s data storage request

    Norway&#8217;s state intelligence gathering agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjenesten) isn&#8217;t supporting a request from its military and overseas counterpart E-tjenesten, that the latter be allowed to monitor and store all data crossing the border for 18 months. PST fears it may overlap or collide with its own itelligence gathering. PST is responsible for assessing and handling [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Sparks fly over Finnmark mining

    While local elected officials were celebrating with cake, protests poured in over the Conservative state government&#8217;s decision on Thursday to finally allow mining operations on a mountain plateau in Finnmark. It&#8217;s expected to generate 300 new jobs in the area, but can also disrupt Samis&#8217; reindeer grazing while dumping debris and tailings into the fjord [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Stavanger plagued by rats

    Pest control experts say they haven&#8217;t seen so many rats in Stavanger for 30 years. They&#8217;re questioning whether the increase in the rat population is linked to Norway&#8217;s transition to poison-free extermination efforts. The City of Stavanger doubled its funding for pest control last year, but it doesn&#8217;t seem to have helped. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • China’s ambassador leaves in a storm

    Wang Min, China&#8217;s ambassador to Norway since 2016, is due to bid farewell King Harald V on Friday and leave the country, just after Norwegian intelligence agencies have branded China as a major security threat. The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has refuted and harshly criticized the warnings, while the Norwegian government has also been criticized [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Terror-charged Russian can’t stand trial

    A 20-year-old Russian who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery last month has been declared too mentally ill to stand trial, at least for now. His defense attorney said he&#8217;s been diagnosed as suffering from a form of psychosis. &#8220;After a preliminary examination, the court-appointed psychiatrist believes he was in a state of psychosis [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Kidnappers offer to prove Hagen is alive

    Criminals claiming to have abducted the wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman are now offering to prove she&#8217;s still alive. The family has had a new round of contact revealed this week. Police and the family of Anne-Elisabeth Hagen are extremely careful with what information they dislose to the media. Police said earlier this week [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Diplomatic dispute hits ‘Barnevernet’

    A diplomatic dispute that&#8217;s erupted between Norway and Poland is expected to force new debate over Norway&#8217;s child protection agency (Barnevernet), which itself has been embroiled in conflicts for years. One foreign policy expert calls the current diplomatic stand-off &#8220;spectacular,&#8221; and said it can be relevant for all foreign families living in Norway. The dispute resulted [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Police release politician from custody

    A Progress Party politician charged with raping a woman after the annual meeting of the party&#8217;s Rogaland chapter earlier this month has been released from police custody. He has formally denied any criminal guilt and it&#8217;s now up to a prosecutor whether he&#8217;ll be indicted. The politician, whose identity has not been made public, underwent [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>