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American Election Norway

Watching the US Election from Norway

At approximately 5am (in Norway, the “mourning” after the election) I noticed a tweet trending explaining that Canada’s immigration website had crashed. I laughed, but I wasn’t shocked. Canada has always been America’s neutral neighbor. I’m...
Trondelag

Trøndelag: When Two Become One

Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag are to merge to create a new county named Trøndelag, following a meeting of county officials in Stiklestad last month. The change, which is subject to Parliamentary approval, is planned for January 2018. Currently, Norway...
Nordkapp in Norway

Norway Accelerates Assisted Return for Migrants

For the next six weeks, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is offering a bonus of 10,000 kroner to asylum seekers who are willing to leave the country on a voluntary basis. A separate process is in place...
Red balloons

Local Elections 2015: Norway Shifts to the Left

Norway went to the polls yesterday and the message was clear: despite these being local elections, Norwegians delivered a damning verdict on the governing centre-right coalition parties, as all left-leaning parties gained support. Check the full...
Andrea Hill in Norway

Andrea Hill – Journalism in the Arctic

I recently discovered the Barents Observer, a bilingual English/Russian internet newspaper reporting on news from and about the Barents Region and the Arctic. The site is run by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes. Joining me...
Election campaigning

The Norwegian General Election

One expat's first experience of politics in Norway, including the 2013 Norwegian General Election results. Those who know me from back in the UK will know of my interest in politics. I've been a member of...
Labour Day parade 2012 in Oslo

Norwegian Labour Day

The run of public holidays at this time of year continued today with the traditional 1st May celebration – Labour Day. It also coincided with the first anniversary of my move to Oslo. My, how time...
Rebuilding work in Oslo

Nine Months On: The Breivik Trial Begins

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik finally gets underway on Monday. It's hard to believe almost nine months have passed since the Oslo terrorist attacks. Life in the capital has long since returned to normal, although...
Stortinget in Oslo

A Tour of the Norwegian Parliament

Learn about politics in Norway as you explore one of Oslo's finest civic buildings. Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street Karl Johans gate and step inside one of Oslo's impressive civic buildings...

Visiting the Nobel Peace Center

This weekend I've had the pleasure of Andy's company here in Oslo. On Friday we wandered past the City Hall and the Nobel Peace Center, which reminded me I'd seen the announcement of the 2011 Nobel...