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Embattled politician drops her holiday
While most top Norwegian politicians are taking a least a week or two off this summer, Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande is already on the campaign trail in an effort to win back voters instead. Grande’s small party that once held government power now finds itself battling to simply retain representation in Parliament. Grande thus figures […]
Ferry revolution well underway
More than 50 electric ferries will be in service on the fjords around Norway by the end of 2020, reported the state highway department this week. Environmental organization Bellona called it a “fantastic revolution” in a country that relies on ferries as a critical mode of transport. The world’s first battery-driven ferry started sailing in Norway, on the Lavik-Oppedal […]
Oslo museum projects in exclusive exhibition
Two Norwegian museums currently under construction have made it into an exclusive exhibit of international projects viewed as being the museums of the future. Both the now-rising Munch Museum in Oslo and Norway’s new National Museum are included. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that the two Oslo projects were singled out as being part of museums that distinguish themselves […]
Norway shifts to automatic gear
There’s a quiet automobile revolution going on in Norway that will likely make life a lot easier for visitors renting cars who never learned how to drive with a clutch and manually shift gears. More and more new cars are now being sold with automatic, prompting industry experts to predict that manual transmissions will disappear over the […]
Satellites to monitor fishing and oil spills
Norway launched two satellites from Kazakhstan late last week, to monitor shipping traffic, illegal fishing and oil spills. The first signals were already being registered during the weekend. The two satellites NORSAT-1 and NORSAT-2 are the first of 70 small satellites being released from a Sojusbærerakett, launched from the Russian base in Bajkonur in Kazakhstan. […]
Old US Embassy waits for a buyer
The “Stars ‘n’ Stripes” no longer fly over the old US Embassy building in Oslo, and its police guard house across the street seems as abandoned as the darkened structure itself. Sale of the now-strangely quiet property has been delayed, but its real estate agent still expects a buyer to emerge by the end of the year. […]
Seafood exports break all records
Despite a decline in the export of trout, herring and shellfish, Norwegian seafood exports have never been higher than they were during the first six months of this year. Their value reached NOK 46.3 billion (USD 5.6 billion), also aided by a relatively weak krone. Sheer volume rose 4 percent, to 1.3 million tons, while the […]
Tourists greeted by building projects
Thousands of tourists arriving in Oslo this summer have been greeted by major construction projects, not least around the busiest and most popular spots in town. Neither City Hall Plaza (Rådhusplassen) nor the area around Oslo’s central train station have been particularly welcoming. The biggest eyesores are found near City Hall, where city officials themselves have landed in trouble […]
Norway shuttering the summer ‘seter’
PHOTO FEATURE: The long tradition of moving sheep, cattle and goats up to grazing land at higher elevations lives on in Norway. A new study shows, however, that fully 99 percent of the traditional mountain dairy farms known as a seter or støl, where women looked after the animals and made butter and cheese, have been shut down. […]
Listhaug to tighten citizenship rules
Norway’s controversial immigration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, is back on the job after a brief maternity leave and keen to make it even more difficult for foreigners to settle in Norway and become Norwegian citizens. Now she wants to raise residence requirements from the current seven years, to 10. “Norwegian citizenship shall be difficult to attain,” […]
Norway’s ‘krone’ sails strongly ahead
Norway’s now-decorative currency, the krone, is getting stronger along with the country’s economy. It’s risen considerably against the US dollar and other key currencies just in the past few weeks, and economists predict that will continue. “Things have been going much better (in the Norwegian economy) than expected,” economist Erik Bruce, chief analyst for Nordea Markets, […]
Fatal boat fire under investigation
The state search and rescue service for Southern Norway is asking the national accidents investigation board (Havarikommisjonen) to investigate a fire on board a private boat in the Oslo Fjord during the weekend. It claimed the life of a woman who was trapped inside the boat. News bureau NTB reported that one person was rescued relatively unharmed […]
Lofoten soiled by tourists’ garbage
Norway’s Lofoten islands, known for their spectacular scenery, are attracting so many tourists again this summer that local officials can’t keep up with all the garbage they generate. Local residents are worried, as trash piles up alongside overfilled containers and some visitors use the nature as an open-air toilet. “I think Lofoten is in the process […]
Norway lets down women’s football
When Norway’s national women’s football team lost their opening match in the European Championships on Sunday, it wasn’t the only disappointment team players have had to deal with. Neither professional Norwegian clubs nor the national football federation NFF is willing to seriously invest in women’s football, a paradox in a country that otherwise prides itself on […]
Research taps into onset of Alzheimer’s
Norwegian researchers, in conjuction with colleagues in California, have developed new genetic testing that can provide answers as to when a person develops Alzheimer’s Disease.  Its use raises ethical questions, though, and not everyone wants to know. Professor Ole A Andreassen at the University of Oslo has been part of the team developing the test. He […]
Police probe cattle injuries
A cattle owner in Valdres has reported injuries suffered by 10 of his free-grazing cattle to police after the animals were found bloody and with deep cuts earlier this week. One cow had to have her tail amputated and it’s feared someone has intentionally abused the small herd. Farmer Embrik Før of Vestre Slidre found his herd injured and […]
Widerøe cancels more flights
Norway’s small domestic airline Widerøe cancelled several more scheduled flights late this week, disrupting travel plans for scores of passengers. Like their bigger rival Norwegian Air, the airline lacks enough flight crews. “Some of the cancellations have been warned in advance, but we had to cancel some additional flights the last two days and today,” […]
Highway officials warn against summer stress
It’s summer holiday time in Norway, and thousands have hit the road on their way to holiday homes or other destinations. They’re also likely to wind up behind motor homes, tour buses and camping vans, and highway officials don’t want that to cause accidents. “Many will think that they can just pass (larger, slower vehicles) […]
Nobel leader denied a visa to China
The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee was denied a visa to China on Friday. Berit Reiss-Andersen wanted to take part in the funeral of Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, who died on Thursday, but her visa application wasn’t even accepted. Reiss-Andersen, a prominent Norwegian attorney by profession and member of the Norwegian Labour Party, […]
Solberg under new attack over Liu
Prime Minister Erna Solberg was under attack again on Friday by human rights activists who think she has betrayed her own government’s human rights policy. The latest criticism comes after the death on Thursday of China’s jailed human rights promoter Liu Xiaobo, who didn’t get the support from Norway that many feel was warranted in his […]