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07:39:24 — Saturday, 10th October, 2015



Budget 2016: Norway’s 2.5 per cent government

A percentage sign

This year’s draft national budget proposal contains new tax bands and allowances. Some 9 out of 10 taxpayers might be winners, but many levies are raised.

Published on 7th October, 2015 at 18:53 under news by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 7th October 2015 at 19:28.

Leather travel case

2016 Budget: Income tax gets shake-up

The Rightist bipartite coalition’s draft national budget proposal sees the government giving with one hand, taking away with the other.

Published on 7th October, 2015 at 12:16 under news by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 7th October 2015 at 18:57.

Is a greener Oslo on the horizon?

A greener Norwegian capital?

Green power has reached Oslo.

Published on 1st October, 2015 at 12:19 under columns by Ilan Kelman.

Vinmonopolet beer selection

Noteworthy Norway brewery and distillery tours

You’re certain to learn something new about Norwegian drinking culture, microbreweries, or akevitt distilling—and all while having a good time!

Published on 21st September, 2015 at 09:55 under entertainment by Molly Jones.

A gavel

Nestlé KitKat patent bid rejected

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) dismisses the confectionary giant’s legal attempt. Norway Kvikk Lunsj’s manufacturers are pleased with the ruling.

Published on 17th September, 2015 at 11:47 under news by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock.

Norway-Russia nuclear accidents deal due

Both countries are to sign a bilateral agreement to notify one another of these, Tuesday.

Published on 14th September, 2015 at 22:00 under news by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.


8,000 Syria refugees insufficient, Norway Peace Council says

Norwegian border
A demonstration is planned in Oslo as increasing numbers of refugees from war-torn Syria seek asylum in Norway.

Published on 11th September, 2015 at 11:17 under news
by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock.

Oslo-Stockholm train popularity speeds ahead

SJ's X 2000
The weeks-old route has seen a huge growth in passenger numbers in just a short space of time.

Published on 8th September, 2015 at 12:42 under news
by Michael Sandelson.


Arctic Circle film event rolls

Nordkapp around Midnight
Norway’s smallest cinematic festival kicks off this week, with 62 films available for viewers at the edge of the world.

Published on 7th September, 2015 at 13:56 under entertainment
by Tove Andersson.

There’s more to kroner than oil

Thousand-kroner notes
Oil is terrifyingly below $50 a barrel. Norwegian unemployment sits at a ten-year high. More than twelve kroner buys a Pound.

Published on 2nd September, 2015 at 21:56 under columns
by Ilan Kelman.


DNB regrets anti-Semitic card

DNB's HQ in Bjørvika, Oslo
Norway’s banking major apologises for routines breach.

Published on 1st September, 2015 at 18:20 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 2nd September 2015 at 07:04.

Stavanger Cathedral organ renewed

Stavanger Cathedral from the East
The repaired Baroque Period-inspired instrument is to undergo reinauguration following a punch-up over pipes.

Published on 1st September, 2015 at 10:28 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 1st September 2015 at 12:07.


Natalia Strelchenko death: Suspect played with Stavanger, Trondheim Symphony Orchestras

The Norwegian citizen, understood to be the Late international concert pianist’s husband, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Published on 31st August, 2015 at 22:15 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 31st August 2015 at 22:35.

Mineral extraction, renewable energy threaten Nordic Sámi rights, UN says

Sami Parliament (illustration photo)
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expresses concern about their land rights situation in Norway,…

Published on 31st August, 2015 at 12:12 under news
by Marit Fosse and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 31st August 2015 at 12:25.


Schlumberger-Cameron purchase may spawn more Norway M&A

Some USD 3bn will get oil service company leaders thinking about following suit on the Mergers and Acquisitions front, an analyst thinks.

Published on 27th August, 2015 at 13:59 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 27th August 2015 at 14:16.

Eni-Coast Authority Arctic oil spill deal greenwashing, environmentalists say

Italian energy company Eni and Norway’s Coastal Administration agree to share emergency response resources in Northern Norway. Greenpeace has no time for PR…

Published on 26th August, 2015 at 12:48 under news
by Michael Sandelson.


British Airways increases Norway routes

Sola airport apron
Stavanger gets two new services that franchise partner SUN-AIR is flying on behalf of the UK airline.

Published on 25th August, 2015 at 10:18 under news
by Michael Sandelson.

Norwegians eye Arctic exhibition park

Inside the Svalbard Museum
Svalbard could get its own ‘Jurassic Park’, showcasing fossils found in the archipelago.

Published on 24th August, 2015 at 10:46 under news
by Sarah Bostock.Last Updated on 24th August 2015 at 12:28.


UN: Norway racist, Islamphobic trends links need further research

The UNHCR’s Elimination of Racial Discrimination Committee has concluded considering Norway’s reports on implementing the Elimination of All Forms of…

Published on 21st August, 2015 at 10:57 under news
by Marit Fosse.

Exploring Nansen’s humanitarianism

The book cover
Uncover the multifaceted life of Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen in a new book on the world-famous voyager.

Published on 20th August, 2015 at 10:15 under columns
by Molly Jones.


Welfare Minister’s immigrant statements problematic, researcher says

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Robert Eriksson
Robert Eriksson states the number of immigrants on welfare is too high and wants to address the issue. Statistics Norway (SSB) forecasts a rising population…

Published on 19th August, 2015 at 11:29 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 19th August 2015 at 18:07.

Norwegians in 2015: what do they do?

Beer in fridge (illustration photo)
Do we shower or bathe, are we rich, as equal as we claim to be, and do we read papers or not? Statistics Norway (SSB) has the answers.

Published on 18th August, 2015 at 12:42 under columns
by Tove Andersson.


Authorities lop the Lupine

Lupines in a field with cows
They are easily visible along the roads and loved by many. But colorful lupines do not impress Norway’s Environment Agency.

Published on 17th August, 2015 at 12:33 under news
by Tove Andersson.Last Updated on 17th August 2015 at 22:37.

Will the next UNSG be a Norwegian female?

Portraits of UN Secretary-Generals
All eight United Nations Secretary-Generals so far have been men. Two Norwegian leaders have the potential to be the first female head.

Published on 14th August, 2015 at 10:16 under columns
by Ilan Kelman.


Auf Wiedersehen Stavanger, Lufthansa says

A Lufthansa CRJ900
The German airline ceases flying the Sola-Frankfurt route after some 12 years.

Published on 11th August, 2015 at 01:17 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 11th August 2015 at 10:32.

Hunt for escaped Norway prisoner continues

Bastøy island and prison
A 23-year-old sex offender who ran away from Vestfold County’s Bastøy Island Prison remains on the run.

Published on 7th August, 2015 at 14:17 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.


Oslo University in suspected bomb operation

UPDATED: Police in the Norwegian capital sealed off four buildings and the entrance to Blindern underground station. Some university staff and students were…

Published on 5th August, 2015 at 11:15 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 5th August 2015 at 11:54.

Lilyhammer comes to Notodden

Steven Van Zandt
It was Steven Van Zandt as Frank Tagliano who presented this year’s NBF Notodden Blues Festival Blues Award to Daniel Eriksen, also winner of the Spellemann…

Published on 31st July, 2015 at 23:13 under entertainment
by Tove Andersson.Last Updated on 5th August 2015 at 13:01.

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Norway supermarket beers over the limit
Supermarket trolleys (illus. photo)

Some 60 per cent exceed permitted levels, tests show.

Foreigners can borrow a Norwegian
Books in Fyrverkeriet Library, Raufoss

Fyrverkeriet Library in Oppland County’s Vestre Toten municipality is running a project to create meetings between immigrants and natives of the Scandinavian country.

Asylum seekers cycle past Norway-Russia border agreement
Signs in Russian

Several have legally crossed the only common border post point.

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