HordalandMøre og RomsdalNordlandNord-TrøndelagOppland
OsloØstfoldRogalandSogn og FjordaneSør-Trøndelag
Top news
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 to OPCW.   The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
Norwegian Seafood Council turns marketing focus on India
[Norwaynews] [20.09.2014, 11:12am, Sat. GMT]
As an emerging economy and soon to be the most populated country in the world, India could be a vital potential market for the Norwegian Seafood Council. Over 1 billion people makes for an attractive market, and this has not gone unnoticed by the NSC, which is looking for somewhere to sell salmon once destined for Russia. “Norway has no free trade agreement with India, but we see the potential for it to fall into place,” said Ingelill Jacobsen of the Norwegian body. “And when the time comes we want to be ready, and quickly turn marketing attention there.”
More news
Iran, Norway Underline Enhancement of Ties
[Norwaynews] [20.09.2014, 06:14pm, Sat. GMT]
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende discussed ways to promote all-out relations between the two nations. In a meeting in New York on Friday, the two top diplomats stressed the need for both Tehran and Oslo officials to do their best to utilize each and every capacity and potential to widen and deepen their relations in all sectors. Zarif left Tehran for New York on Tuesday morning to participate in the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting.
Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission
[Norwaynews] [20.09.2014, 11:14am, Sat. GMT]
Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat. President Anote Tong on Saturday ended a Greenpeace-organized tour of glaciers in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, a trip he said left a deep impression that he would share with world leaders at a U.N. climate summit next week in New York.
Norway to send five military officers to U.S. for IS fight plan
[Norwaynews] [19.09.2014, 05:44am, Fri. GMT]
Norway on Thursday announced the decision to send five military officers to the United States to work out together with their American counterparts what Norway can contribute to the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq. The five staff officers could be the start of a wider Norwegian contribution to the international coalition against IS, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported. Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said at a press conference that the officers will join in the planning of a U.S.-led military coalition and consider what Norway's contribution may be.
Ex-Norway PM awarded 'Asian prize'
[Norwaynews] [18.09.2014, 02:05pm, Thu. GMT]
South African anti-apartheid hero Albie Sachs and former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, hailed as the "godmother" of sustainable development, were among five people Thursday presented with the first Tang Prize, touted as Asia's version of the Nobels. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou presented the awards, which honour outstanding contributions to the environment, human rights, medicine and Sinology.
The ASEAN Cultural Night 2014
[Norwaynews] [18.09.2014, 06:54am, Thu. GMT]
The ASEAN Cultural Night 2014, was held on 17 September 2014 in Oslo Norway. It was co-organized by the Embassy of Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.  The aim of the event was to expose the rich and diverse ASEAN culture and cuisine to local Norwegians and to provide good networking opportunities between the Embassies and the guests. About 350 attended the event. The ASEAN Cultural Night was declared opened after Opening remarks by Ambassador of Viet Nam in Norway, Her Excellency Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai.
Russia, Norway delegates to retrace 1944 Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation route in a Victory
[Norwaynews] [17.09.2014, 05:48am, Wed. GMT]
The first international military-history Victory March - 2014 will begin in Murmansk Region on Wednesday along the route of the 1944 Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation, during which Soviet troops dislodged the German army from Russia's polar region and liberated the border areas of Norway, Nikolai Abramov, chief specialist at the committee for interaction with public and youth organizations of Murmansk Region, told ITAR-TASS. The March will involve about 100 people from Russia and Norway. "These are representatives of youth organizations, the authorities of Murmansk Region, military men, and journalists," Abramov added.
Norway homes ‘most overvalued in the world’, says study
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 02:22pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway, Australia and the UK are the three most overvalued property markets, rising the most since 1970, says the latest review from the Bank of International Settlements, The most overvalued residential property in the world is in Norway, a new study reveals. Australian home prices have risen the next highest since 1970, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Quarterly Review, with Asian prices rising the highest in the last year.
Iranian FM Warns Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 11:49am, Tue. GMT]
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Odyssey Norheim cautioned Oslo of the negative consequences of expelling Iranian university students from Norway. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has recently restricted the renewal and issuance of visa and resident permit for Iranian students and skilled workers apparently due to the sanctions against Iran.
Norway's $10 million Donation to Help Sudan's Farmers
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 10:54am, Tue. GMT]
Norway has donated approximately $10 million to help FAO provide conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in South Sudan with critical livelihood support. Norway’s gift will allow FAO to distribute emergency livelihood kits – including crop seeds, fishing tools, vegetable seeds and livestock health kits – to an additional 50,000 vulnerable households, enabling them to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from critical diseases.
Norway mulls contribution to anti-ISIS force
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2014, 04:55pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway is considering making a military contribution to the U.S.-led coalition against the ISIS jihadist group, its foreign minister said Monday. "First of all we have identified additional efforts in the humanitarian field," Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told Norwegian daily Verdens Gang. "But we have an ongoing evaluation whether we could go beyond humanitarian help to also participate in building military capacities," he added, signaling an apparent change in position.
Montenegro and Norway to boost legal cooperation
[Norwaynews] [12.09.2014, 10:07am, Fri. GMT]
Successful implementation of joint projects and the results achieved so far when it comes to the strengthening of the rule of law and judiciary reform process are crucial for boosting cooperation between Montenegro and Norway, DPM and Minister of Justice Duško Marković underlined at the meeting with Ambassador of Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvag. DPM Marković highlighted that Montenegro successfully implemented various projects thanks to the support of Norway, adding that strong efforts of both countries have already given results regarding the judiciary reform process.
Norway backs aspirations of Georgia
[Norwaynews] [12.09.2014, 10:02am, Fri. GMT]
Georgian Parliamentary Speaker David Usupashvili together with the parliamentary delegation met with Norwegian Parliamentary Chairman Omelik Tomesen in Oslo. The parties discussed the Georgian-Russian relations. In this context, the president of the Norwegian parliament noted that Georgia has achieved many positive results in different directions.
Norwegian salmon headed for strong year to US
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2014, 09:19am, Tue. GMT]
2014 could see Norway’s salmon exports to the US reach the highest level seen since 2010 and even the late 1980s, reported the salmon news website iLaks.no. Driven in part by the ban in Russia and trade difficulties with China, Norwegian exporters have turned to alternative markets such as the US. The North American country was by far the biggest market for Norwegian salmon in the 1980s, taking in a third of Norway’s production.
Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks
[Norwaynews] [08.09.2014, 07:45pm, Mon. GMT]
The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program. But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.
Spokeswoman Underlines Iran's Continued Efforts to Resolve Students' Problems in Norway
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2014, 05:26pm, Sat. GMT]
The Iranian Foreign Ministry is seeking to resolve the visa problem of the Iranian students in Norway, a spokeswoman said, adding that the problem of some of them has already been resolved. "As a result of the efforts made by the foreign ministry and the Iranian mission (in Oslo), the problems for the renewal and change of the visa of a number of Iranian students have been solved and the problem of others is expected to be settled by the Norwegian government's constructive measures," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Saturday.
Norwegian missionary doctor awarded 'Love of Lives Medal'
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 09:42am, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian missionary doctor Olav Bjørgaas has been awarded the "Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal" by a Taiwanese non-profit organization in recognition of his contributions to Taiwan. Chou Chin-hua, founder of the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, and Guo Ying-lan, chairwoman of the foundation, presented the medal to Bjørgaas in the Norwegian city of Stavanger Aug. 22.
Norway court says genocide suspect can be extradited to Rwanda
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 07:16am, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian court ruled Wednesday that the extradition to Rwanda of a man suspected of participation in the country's 1994 genocide can go ahead. Eugene Nkuranyabahizi, a 41-year-old Hutu with Burundian citizenship, has lived in Norway since 1999, where he was arrested in May last year. "We are heading for an extradition as the Court of Appeal (in the Norwegian city of Bergen) has found that all the conditions are met," Per Zimmer, prosecutor in the case, told AFP.
15,000 Illegal Immigrants Refusing to leave Norway
[Norwaynews] [04.09.2014, 08:02am, Thu. GMT]
Nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants who have been ordered to leave Norway by authorities are continuing to stay, according to a report by medias. The whereabouts of the vast majority are unknown, causing problems for police and immigration services. Legal notification to leave Norway has been served to nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants by the National Police Immigration Service Norway (Politiets Utlendingsenhet or PU), but they have stayed beyond the deadline.
Two Norwegians hold top positions within Islamic State
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2014, 11:50am, Wed. GMT]
Two Norwegians have commanding positions within Islamic State, the group that is trying to create a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, a media report says. The Norway Post identified one of them as Bastian Vasquez from Skien, in southeast Norway. The other is a Norwegian of African descent from Baerum, outside Oslo, the paper reported. The Norway Post quoted NRK, the country's public broadcaster, as saying that the two take orders directly from the head of IS, Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi.
Norway helps 9 Latvian cities to attract potential investors
[Norwaynews] [02.09.2014, 07:58pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway has decided to provide support to nine Latvian cities, offering opportunities to participate in international exhibitions with an aim to attract potential investors, representative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Marika Vanka informed LETA. From September 2014 until the end of 2015, nine cities of Latvia – Riga, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Liepaja, Rezekne, Valmiera, Ventspils, and Jurmala – will have a chance to participate in international exhibitions to popularize their local products and address the potential investors.
Nordic Perspectives on European Security in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [20.09.2014, 11:54am, Sat. GMT]
Foreign Ministers, officials and leading security experts are gathering at the 11th Global Strategic Review (GSR) in Oslo, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 September. The theme of this year’s conference, convened by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is ‘Geopolitical Risks and Geo-economic Opportunities’ focus on the series of alarming developments that are presently taking place within the international political arena.
Somalia: Prime Minister meets Norwegian Prime Minister in Norway
[Norwaynews] [20.09.2014, 07:00am, Sat. GMT]
The Prime Minister of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, meets Mrs. Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway in Oslo. Both Prime ministers  discussed bi-lateral relations between the two nations, in particular the security situation in Somalia and the support Norway provides to Somalia such as the budgetary support, support on education sector, humanitarian assistance, and job creation for young people. Mustafa Duhulow, the Minister of Information of Somalia was part of the delegation of the Prime Minister of Somalia.
Norway to pledge US$300m for forest protection
[Norwaynews] [19.09.2014, 05:42am, Fri. GMT]
Norway is set to offer around US$300 million to protect forests in a deal to be signed at next week’s New York climate summit. That was revealed by Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s environment minister and president of the December climate talks in Lima, in a media briefing on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon’s gathering of world leaders is not due to have any formal outcomes. But Pulgar-Vidal said: “In a non-formal way, we think and hope that the summit can catalyse action.”
The Hollywood movie Lucy mainly shot in Taiwan now on Norwegian cinemas.
[Norwaynews] [18.09.2014, 08:58am, Thu. GMT]
The female-driven science fiction action film was released all over Norway on September 12 this year.  Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a young American student living in Taipei, Taiwan. But she gets tricked to work for a Korean mob boss and gets by accident a lot of a special narcotic crept into her body. Lucy reaches 100% of her cerebral capacity and begins thereby acquiring increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities.
NOREXECO gets license to become the first dedicated forestry and paper exchange
[Norwaynews] [17.09.2014, 06:24am, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has given NOREXECO ASA a license to operate as a regulated market exchange. NOREXECO plans to open up for trading before the end of 2014 and will become the world’s first and only dedicated exchange for pulp and recycled paper. The license covers financial derivatives within forestry and paper. The first product listed on NOREXECO will be pulp (softwood and hardwood).
Norwegian People’s Aid concerned about South Sudan
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 02:58pm, Tue. GMT]
According to South Sudanese and international media, the government of South Sudan has announced their intention to replace all foreign workers with locals by October 15th. “This is very concerning news, and if correct this could have very serious consequences for the people of South Sudan”, said Liv Tørres, Secretary General of Norwegian People’s Aid. The message came from South Sudanese government officials in a circular this weekend. It remains unclear if the order concerns specific positions listed in the circular or foreign workers in general.
Norway pledges support to Vietnam’s green growth
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 01:00pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway has committed to supporting Vietnam to develop green growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the challenges of climate change. The commitment was declared during talks between the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee in Hanoi on September 15. The Vietnamese side wished to continue working together with Norway in bomb and mine clearance, education and training, maritime, energy and the shipbuilding industry.
Norway has no interest in creating communal tension in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 11:02am, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Grete LØchen assured that Norway has no interest in creating communal tension in Sri Lanka and the Norwegian government shares the values of dignity, respect, diversity and dialogue. "Since Norway in Sri Lanka is often accused in the media of supporting extremist groups and views, let me assure you that Norway has no interest in creating communal tension in Sri Lanka," Ambassador LØchen in her speech at the National Convention on Inter Religious Integration, organized by the National Peace Council (NPC). "My government is deeply concerned about an increasingly polarized world where the narrative is more about exclusion than inclusion," she said.
Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker attends international conference in Norway
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2014, 04:56pm, Mon. GMT]
A delegation led by Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ogtay Asadov attended the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament (ECPP) in Oslo. The conference welcomed 59 Presidents of Parliament from the Council of Europe's Member States, as well as representatives from many neighbouring and observer countries. Opening the conference Olemic Thommessen, the Speaker of the Norwegian Parliament, said the conference was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Norway's constitution.
Norway calls for promoting ties with Vietnam in shipping industry
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2014, 04:53pm, Mon. GMT]
Anniken Huitfeldt, chairwoman of the Norwegian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, called here Monday for boosting ties between her country and Vietnam in areas of maritime, energy and shipping industry. Anniken Huitfeldt made the call while meeting with Vietnam's National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. She said at the meeting that Norway pledges support for Vietnam in carrying out green growth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responding to challenges of climate change, state-run news agency VNA reported.
Kenya and Norway to sign petroleum resources agreement
[Norwaynews] [12.09.2014, 10:04am, Fri. GMT]
Kenya and Norway will sign an agreement on petroleum resources to help the east African country manage new oil discoveries, Norway's new ambassador to Kenya was quoted as saying. "We are considering a long-term agreement with Kenya's ministry of energy and petroleum on effective and socially responsible management of petroleum resources," Victor Ronneberg said, according to a note issued by Kenya's Presidential Strategic Communications Unit.
Norway denounces Hungarian police raids on NGOs
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2014, 10:00pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway said Tuesday that Hungarian police raids on the offices of civic groups critical of the government were unacceptable and showed Hungary is distancing itself from European democratic norms. Police have been investigating several civic groups that distribute or receive funds from the Norway Grants, a program providing money to projects in areas such as environmental protection or social development in Hungary and other less-developed EU countries.
Hundreds of Norwegian criminals to be sent to Dutch prisons
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2014, 09:13am, Tue. GMT]
Several hundred Norwegian convicts will serve their prison sentences in the Netherlands because there is no space for them at home, broadcaster RTL news reports. By contrast, many jails in the Netherlands have empty cells and are being closed down. The prisons where the Norwegian prisoners will live will have Norwegian management and be run according to Norwegian rules but the general staff will be Dutch, RTL says.
Norwegian Prime Minister: worsening relations with Russia to cause higher unemployment
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2014, 05:28pm, Sat. GMT]
Worsening relations between Russia and the West will lead to higher unemployment in northern Norway, the business Dagens Naeringsliv edition cited Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Saturday as saying. The premier arrived at the Arctic site of Tromso for a Conservative Party conference from Newport (Wales) where she participated in the NATO summit. The situation in Ukraine, which was in the focus of the summit, concerns Norwegian people, particularly in northern regions, as tension in relations between Western countries and Russia has a negative effect on Norway’s economic interests, she said.
EU to Ignore Norway’s Call for Measures against Hungary
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2014, 06:43am, Sat. GMT]
Hungary won’t see European Union development funds frozen despite calls from Norway to take punitive steps, a stance prompted by the Hungarian prime minister’s talk of aiming to use authoritarian regimes as models for his country. Norway halted 140 million euro ($193 million) of development funds to the Central European country. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said recently he was going to model his nation on autocratic countries like Russia and Singapore.

Norway to Contribute Troops to U.K.-Led NATO Force
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 09:38am, Fri. GMT]
Reacting to the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the U.K. and six other NATO states are planning to form a joint expeditionary force that would bolster the alliance's power, the Financial Times reported Friday. According to the report, the 10,000-strong force will incorporate air, naval and ground units. It is to be ready to respond to crises rapidly and to hold regular, frequent exercises in Europe and elsewhere.
Norwegian group says employees disappear while researching migrant labor rights in Qatar
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 07:13am, Fri. GMT]
Two Britons researching migrant worker issues in Qatar, the Gulf nation that is due to host the 2022 World Cup, have gone missing after one of them reported being harassed by police, according to the Norwegian human rights group that employs them. The Global Network for Rights and Development said Thursday that researcher Krishna Upadhyaya, 52, and photographer Ghimire Gundev, 36, were supposed to leave Qatar via the capital Doha on Sunday. Their whereabouts are not known.
Over a cup of tea with Anna Saether,the last Norwegian missionary to Taiwan
[Norwaynews] [04.09.2014, 07:27am, Thu. GMT]
An era of Norwegian mission history in Taiwan is over. The last Norwegian long term missionary moved back home in June 2014. In September 2014 there are few Norwegian residents left in Taiwan, but the number of Norwegian students are increasing. During the last years Anna Saether, a missionary sent by Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM), has been the only Norwegian missionary in Taiwan, knowing she will be the last one.
Obama administration rejects Norwegian Air bid for U.S.-Europe flights
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2014, 06:39am, Wed. GMT]
In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new service. The Transportation Department turned down a request by Norwegian Air International that would have allowed the carrier to offer new service between London’s Gatwick Airport and New York, Orlando, Florida, and other U.S. cities. Officials for the airline said they hoped to charge as little as $150 each way. Such exemptions are usually granted European carriers under a U.S.-European Union aviation agreement.
Norwegian ambassador cycles to office
[Norwaynews] [01.09.2014, 11:57am, Mon. GMT]
Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia Stig Traavik sometimes prefers to choose cycling rather than driving a car to his office in Jakarta in order to stay healthy. "I like cycling very much because it is my favorite activity, and I still ride cycle. Norwegian people love cycling very much," Traavik said here on Monday. Traavik along with Norwegian Counselor Per Kristian Roer had attended the inauguration ceremony of National Initiative: The Protection and Recognition of Indigenous People through REDD+ in Vice Presidents Palace.
Special Interest
Africa and Norway
Asia and Norway
China and Norway
Corruption in Norway
Diplomatic relations
Media Freedom
Middle East and Norway
Norwegian Aid
NATO and Norway
Peace Talks
Racism in Norway
Russia and Norway
Spy War
Sex scandal
Srilanka and Norway
Taiwan and Norway
Video clips