Latest Norway government News

Norway king ill after meeting virus-positive minister

Jan. 28, 2022 05:41 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s 84-year-old King Harald V will take a few days off with cold symptoms, the palace said Friday, a day after meeting with Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt who later tested positive for the coronavirus. The royal household said in a brief...

Norway's PM says Russia build-up is `a sign of weakness'

Jan. 26, 2022 13:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Norway’s prime minister, whose country borders Russia and is a founding member of NATO, said Wednesday he believes it’s “a sign of weakness” that President Vladimir Putin has to express Moscow’s political views by an “extraordinary” military buildup. ...

Afghan talks focus on aid, women's rights as hunger grows

Jan. 25, 2022 18:05 PM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Three days of talks between the Taliban, Western diplomats and other delegates on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and human rights were wrapping up Tuesday in Norway, with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi praising the discussions, which he said “went very well." ...

Taliban talks in Norway raise new debate about recognition

Jan. 23, 2022 17:10 PM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Taliban delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Sunday started three days of talks in Oslo with Western officials and Afghan civil society representatives amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The closed-door...

Norway killer Breivik tests limits of lenient justice system

Jan. 21, 2022 13:48 PM EST

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik spends his days in a spacious three-room cell, playing video games, exercising, watching TV and taking university-level courses in mathematics and business. Halfway through a 21-year sentence and seeking early...

Taliban to hold meeting in Norway next week

Jan. 21, 2022 09:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Taliban delegation plans to travel to Norway next week for talks with the Norwegian government and several allied countries, as well as meetings with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry...

Nobel body criticizes Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy over war

Jan. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, on Thursday issued a very rare admonition to the 2019 winner, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, over the war and humanitarian crisis in his country’s Tigray region. “As...

NATO chief applies for job as Norway's central bank governor

Dec. 14, 2021 07:13 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he has applied to be the next governor of Norway's central bank in an appointment that would last for six years if he gets the job. The current governor of Norges Bank, Oeystein Olsen, is retiring...

Norway caps indoor gatherings to ward off coronavirus

Dec. 08, 2021 06:58 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian government is introducing a 10-person limit for gatherings at private homes to counter an uptick in COVID-19 cases, although the number will be increased to 20 on Christmas and New Year's eves. It also is capping attendance at public events without...

Norway reports omicron cases linked to company party

Dec. 02, 2021 14:22 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At least 50 people in and around Norway's capital have been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant, and the cases are connected to a Norwegian company’s Christmas party in an Oslo restaurant, officials said Thursday. The Norwegian...