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Small plane crashes into wheat field
Two men were confirmed dead on Tuesday after the small plane they were flying reportedly went into a spin, dove behind some trees and crashed into a field at Holmestrand, southwest of Oslo. Witnesses said the two men on board, aged 47 and 48, had performed some “acrobatic tricks” in the air before they ran into trouble. […]
Labour unions try to boost membership
Less than half of all workers in Norway are now represented by labour unions. The country’s largest trade union federations are teaming up for the first time to try to reverse the trend and organize more employees. “We all agree that a strong labour movement is important for good social development,” Ragnhild Lied, leader of […]
Job uncertainty swirls around Total takeover
French oil company Total’s pending acquisition of Mærsk Oil in Norway has raised questions over how many people may lose their jobs.  Plans call for Mærsk’s 41 employees in Norway to be integrated into Total Norge, which currently has 438 employees in Norway. Both companies have operations in Stavanger. Total Norge, however, confirmed it’s cutting staff […]
Johaug: ‘I am completely crushed’
She’s been the darling of Norwegian cross-country skiing fans, known for all her victories in international competition, for screaming and laughing with joy after crossing the finish line first, and for even throwing herself into the open arms of King Harald V. On Tuesday Therese Johaug told Norwegian reporters she was “completely crushed” after an international […]
Johaug barred from upcoming season
Champion Norwegian skier Therese Johaug’s use of a lip cream that she didn’t realize contained a steroid has ended up ruining not only the last ski season for her, but the upcoming one as well. A tough 18-month ban on competition handed down Tuesday means she won’t be allowed to compete in either the Winter Olympics or […]
Fears of violence mar back-to-school
It’s back-to-school week in Norway, but not all students are returning to festive opening ceremonies at their local schools. Fears of violence and assaults even on teachers has prompted one high school in Oslo to control entry, prompting at least one of its teacher to resign in protest. Silje Gloppen, age 37, told newspaper Dagsavisen […]
Optimism returns to ‘all’ of Norway
Finans Norge, Norway’s national trade association for the banking and finance industry, released a survey on Tuesday showing that economic optimism has now returned even to areas hardest-hit by the oil price collapse. That should boost the country’s conservative government parties in the upcoming election, for having led the nation through an economic crisis, but those public […]
‘Kongens nei’ sweeps the Amanda prizes
A film about how Norway’s King Haakon VII refused to capitulate to invading Nazi German forces in 1940 won eight Amanda prizes, Norway’s equivalent of the Oscars, over the weekend. The prizes are dealt out at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Kongens nei (The King’s ‘no’) won for best Norwegian cinema film, best […]
Vandals tear down party’s election booth
An election booth run by the right-wing political party Demokratene in Oslo was vandalized and all but torn down during the weekend. It’s the latest sign of hostilities and divisions within Norwegian politics. News bureau NTB reported that the vandalism occurred shortly after midnight Saturday. Max Hermansen, who tops the Oslo Democratene’s list of candidates for […]
Museum launches search for stolen Viking jewelry
The University of Bergen’s Historisk Museum has posted photos online of some of an estimated 400 items stolen from its storage rooms earlier this month. They’re calling it a “professional” heist in which thieves climbed up scaffolding and broke a window leading into the building’s seventh floor. Museum officials were at first unsure about what had been […]
Norske Skog wins another reprieve
“Considerable progress” in its debt negotiations with creditors has helped troubled Norwegian forestry firm Norske Skog gain more time in its battle to avoid bankruptcy. The deadline for the negotiations, set for Friday, has been extended until Wednesday as prospects for refinancing and recapitalization rose. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Monday that Norske Skog now expects to […]
NRK upset by flap over anchor’s hijab
Norway’s state broadcasting company NRK has received more than 3,000 complaints over an upcoming new TV program, tied to the parliamentary election in September, that allows its Muslim anchor to wear her hijab on air. “I see that there are strong and dark forces that don’t want young Muslims to be visible,” claims NRK’s chief, Thor Gjermund Eriksen. The […]
‘No increase’ in terror threat
Neither immigration nor the recent spate of terrorist attacks around Europe has raised the threat of an attack in Norway, claim both government and police officials. Calls are going out, though, for re-arming the police and more barriers on city streets, while plans for Norway’s new police preparedness center have finally been approved. Justice Minister Per-Willy […]
King Harald sends condolences to Spain
Norway’s King Harald V joined leaders around the world in sending messages of condolence to the people of Spain, following Thursday’s terrorist attack in Barcelona. The Norwegian government also sent its sympathy shortly after at least 13 people were killed when a van believed to have been driven by a teenage Muslim ran them down. […]
Thousands have already cast their votes
More than 100,000 registered Norwegian voters have already cast their ballots in the upcoming parliamentary election, after polls opened for early and absentee voters last week. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that around 107,000 had voted as of Thursday. “It’s been busy,” Gitte Helland, leader of the Service Center in Porsgrunn south of Oslo. “Elections are fun, and we’re […]
New airport terminal opens in Bergen
Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in the middle of a re-election campaign, was on hand at the airport in her hometown of Bergen this week for the official opening of its new terminal. It comes just months after Oslo’s main airport also underwent a major expansion. Bergen’s airport at Flesland had been under pressure from the rising numbers […]
High costs emerge in oil drilling debate
If Norway went along with calls from climate experts and its own Greens Party to halt all new oil exploration, the country would likely still be able to maintain its welfare state but at a “dramatically” higher cost to its citizens. That’s the conclusion of new research, presented just as protesters temporarily stopped some oil drilling in […]
Mela opens during big festival weekend
No less than five music festivals are being held in Oslo this weekend, with the Norwegian capital’s most multi-cultural event of the year, the annual Mela Festival, already sprawling over the waterfront plaza in front of City Hall. It was opening on Friday for a three-day run that usually attracts big crowds of food- and music lovers, who […]
Right-wing extremism rings new alarms
Recent displays of right-wing extremism in Norway are raising concerns within the government, the police and among ordinary citizens from Kristiansand to Mjøndalen. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, was accused on Thursday of using “Trump rhetoric” after she compared right-wing extremists to the far left of Norwegian politics. “Right-wing extremism and neo-nazis have a lot in common with […]
Immigrants battle under-employment
Highly skilled and highly educated immigrants in Norway have long faced huge challenges finding work in line with their qualifications. Their battles not only point up underlying prejudice on the part of employers: A new study shows that Norway’s failure to include them in the workforce is also costing society as much as NOK 6 […]