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  • ‘Goliat’ platform in trouble again

    The huge Goliat oil platform, Norway&#8217;s first in the Barents Sea, is still plagued by so many technical problems that safety regulators are warning they&#8217;ll issue an injunction to halt operations if the problems aren&#8217;t solved. The order comes just after Goliat came under new management and altered ownership this week, and as Norway must [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Finance minister warns lenders

    &#8220;Too much consumer loan debt can become a problem,&#8221; warned Finance Minister Siv Jensen after calling in lenders offering unsecured loans at high interest rates. Jensen told them that if they don&#8217;t restrict activity themselves, new regulations will. Jensen was joined by Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara and the minister in charge of consumer issues, [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Northug cries as he bows out of skiing

    Petter Northug is better known for being tough and sassy when he won races and mocked his rivals, but he dissolved into tears on Wednesday when he finally announced his long-predicted resignation from professional skiing. After 12 years at the highest levels of his sport, Northug is finished after a recent batch of disappointing results. [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Heads shake over Crimea ‘nonsense’

    The former leader of Norway&#8217;s conservative Progress Party, Carl I Hagen, has never made a secret of how much he missed politics after retiring. The now 74-year-old politician still thrives in the spotlight, grabbing it once again this week in an appearance on Russian TV that brought him more attention and criticism back home. Hagen&#8217;s [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Slow start to shopping season

    Norway&#8217;s Christmas shopping season got off to a slow start, reports retail trade association Virke. Total sales during the traditional kick-off week at the end of November were down 4.2 percent compared to the same week last year. Credit card use increased, adding to concerns over Norwegians&#8217; rising consumer debt level. Norwegians have long had [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Norway falls in climate rankings

    Norway&#8217;s Climate and Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen was worried before he traveled to the UN&#8217;s climate summit in Poland this week, and he had good reason to be. While he voiced concern over &#8220;too many disagreements&#8221; among participating nations, Norway itself hasn&#8217;t done very well in cutting its own carbon emissions, and tumbled in new [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Standing ovations for Nobel Laureates

    The applause seemed to go on forever at Monday&#8217;s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were honoured with lengthy standing ovations, for drawing international attention to sexual violence as war crimes that must be punished. &#8220;We thank you for seeing the suffering, and devoting your life to the battle [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Congo nightmare turned lucrative

    Just after the October announcement that a heroic doctor in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo had won this year&#8217;s Nobel Peace Prize, a former Norwegian-British soldier launched a lucrative tour around Norway to speak about his years in prison in Congo. Now a member of Norway&#8217;s Parliament thinks Joshua French should repay the state [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Court calls murder ‘an execution’

    The Hedmark County Court found the husband of Janne Jemtland guilty on Monday of not only murdering her but carrying out a cold and calculating execution. The court found no circumstances for a mild sentence, ordering that Svein Jemtland be jailed for 18 years. He had first reported his wife missing after a holiday party [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • City Hall files police report after threats

    Officials at the Oslo City Hall have reported a local resident to the police, several months after he caused a disturbance, threatened security guards and top city politicians, and made several racist remarks in a meeting with members of the City Council&#8217;s culture committee. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Monday that the director of the City Council&#8217;s [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Snow halted prime minister’s car

    It started snowing in Oslo just before the weekend, adding to the upcoming holiday atmosphere but causing problems for guests leaving a prominent julebord (pre-holiday party), at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other politicians were among the guests. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the party was attended by around 100 journalists who regularly cover political issues [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Bomb suspect held in prison

    A Norwegian man in his early 40s from Skedsmo was ordered held during the weekend for at least four weeks in prison, charged with sending a bomb to the main police station for Norway&#8217;s eastern police district. He appealed the custody order immediately. The man has a long record of vandalism, sexual assault and hatred [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Au pair case heads for Supreme Court

    Norway&#8217;s highest court (Høyesterett) has agreed to hear an appeal filed by a wealthy Oslo businessman and his wife, who&#8217;ve been convicted of violating Norway&#8217;s au pair program. The violations resulted in alleged exploitation of young women from the Philippines, who came to Norway under what&#8217;s supposed to be a cultural exchange program but ended up [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Nobel winners seek justice for women

    Security was tight around the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Sunday, after a week in which news broke about threats against Norway&#8217;s justice minister and politicians in Oslo&#8217;s City Hall. Inside the institute, this year&#8217;s highly acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winners were calling for far more security and justice for victims of arguably the worst sort [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Justice minister carries on after threat

    Tor Mikkel Wara, who took over as Norway&#8217;s justice minister just last spring, is unsure why someone would deface his home and car with a swastika and the word racist. He claims it won&#8217;t influence how he works as one of the country&#8217;s top politicians. &#8220;We won&#8217;t give in to these types of threats,&#8221; Wara [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Police arrest man for sending a bomb

    Handwriting analysis and DNA evidence led police to arrest a man in his 40s on Friday, and charge him with sending a bomb to the eastern police district&#8217;s main station in Ski earlier this week. The incident was described as not just an attack on the police but on Norway&#8217;s democracy. The man now held [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • More challenge collision report

    Both the owner of the tanker that collided with the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and workers at the shipyard where the frigate was built have challenged a preliminary report on the collision issued last week by Norway&#8217;s state accident investigation board. That follows accusations that the report has downplayed the role of the crew on [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Raja’s back, but party still ‘sick’

    The Liberal Party&#8217;s arguably most charismatic politician, Abid Raja, has decided he&#8217;s well enough again to return to work. Both he and the Liberals&#8217; leader Trine Skei Grande immediately made the media rounds, insisting they&#8217;d settled their differences that had made Raja sick, but their alleged reconciliation may not be enough to heal what&#8217;s really [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Norway to crack down on Airbnb

    The Norwegian government is poised to tighten and clarify regulations for short-term rental of residential property, in new legislation sent to Parliament on Friday. The goal is to crack down on what government minister Monica Mæland calls the &#8220;pure hotel operations&#8221; that have sprung up since online accommodation service Airbnb entered the market. The main [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Parliament approves dual citizenship

    UPDATED: It was a big day for long-term expatriates in Norway and Norwegians who&#8217;ve moved abroad. After years of debate, a majority in Parliament finally approved dual citizenship in Norway on Thursday for all those who have strong ties to both their homeland and their country of residence. &#8220;I think this is a day of [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>