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Norway accepts EU energy rules avoids dispute with Brussels


OSLO: The centre-right minority government feared that rejecting the EU’s Third Energy Package, designed to enhance energy flows and improve regulatory oversight, would put Norway on a slippery slope to a Brexit-like ending of its close EU relations. For the past 24 years, Norwegian companies have enjoyed market access on equal terms with companies in the EU via the European ... Read More »

Norwegian salmon exports to China rose last week


OSLO: Norway exported 307 tonnes of fresh salmon to China last week, up from 215 tonnes the previous week and up from 45 tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed on Thursday.  Norwegian producers see Chinese demand as an important factor to balance growing global salmon supply. Norway’s average export price last week stood ... Read More »

Norway’s retailers see lower growth in sales


OSLO: Norwegian retail sales will probably grow by 3.0 percent on a nominal basis in 2018, below a September forecast of 4.0 percent but up from 2.5 percent in 2017, the Enterprise Federation of Norway, also known as Virke, predicted on Monday. The forecasts, measuring the value of all sales, are not adjusted for inflation. Statistics Norway expects core inflation ... Read More »

Norway govt may fall on minister’s no confidence vote


OSLO: Norway’s right-wing government could resign this week if the justice minister loses a no-confidence vote after she triggered outrage among survivors of a 2011 gun massacre, media reported Sunday. In a Facebook post on March 9, Sylvi Listhaug, a member of the populist and anti-immigration Progress Party (FrP), had accused the opposition Labour Party of considering “the rights of ... Read More »

Norway’s electric car demand is outstripping supply


OSLO: Driven by generous tax breaks (carrot) and increasing road tolls (stick), demand for EVs has been rising rapidly. Because of these tax breaks, electric cars can be sold at the same price as fossil fuel vehicles. EVs, however, are considerably cheaper to run. This makes it attractive for Norwegian consumers to replace their diesel or petrol cars by electric ... Read More »

Norwegian salmon exports to China excluding Hong Kong fell last week


OSLO: Norway exported 215 tonnes of fresh salmon to China last week, down from 222 tonnes the previous week and up from 51 tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed on Thursday. Norwegian producers see Chinese demand as an important factor to balance growing global salmon supply.   Overall export total volumes rose to ... Read More »

Norway oil region’s business outlook strongest since 2013


OSLO: Business conditions deteriorated slightly in Norway’s western oil-producing regions in the last three months, but companies are becoming more and more optimistic with regards to their outlook, a sentiment survey showed on Friday.  The price of crude oil, Norway’s key export, fell sharply from mid-2014 to early 2016 but has since staged a partial recovery, while non-oil exporters are ... Read More »

Norway’s $1tn sovereign fund almost doubles its exposure to Ireland


OSLO: Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund increased its exposure to Ireland in 2017, almost doubling its investment in Irish companies and government debt, and taking a stake in AIB. The Government Pension Fund Global , a vehicle for saving for future generations in Norway, held $1.7 billion in Irish debt and equity assets in 2017, up 78 per cent on ... Read More »

Statoil invests in offshore digitalisation in Norway


OSLO: An integrated operations support centre and a drilling operations centre will help reach Statoil’s ambition of increasing value creation from operated fields in Norway by more than 2 billion USD from 2020 to 2025 before tax. Prime minister Erna Solberg visiting the centre Established in Bergen, the centres will be connected stepwise to all Statoil installations on the Norwegian ... Read More »

Norway’s $1t oil fund worried over market crisis


OSLO: Its equities and bond investments dropped 23% that year. But the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund was saved by both a big inflow of money from Norway’s petroleum revenues as oil prices remained high and a large boost from the exchange rate as the krone weakened, Yahoo reported. Many are now wondering what would happen to Norway’s $1 trillion ... Read More »

Norway waits out Trump’s trade war


OSLO: Norway hasn’t prepared any counter-measures,” to any sudden, punitive customs fees that may be imposed on goods imported from Norway, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide told news bureau NTB on Friday. Søreide isn’t ready to slap reciprocal fees on imports from the US that would add to their price: “I think there has to be a very high threshold ... Read More »

Norway Swiss envoys upbeat on free trade pact


OSLO: Norway and Switzerland are optimistic that economic ties between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will be strengthened after the Senate ratified a free trade agreement. This came after Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez hailed the ratification on Monday, saying the FTA “is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s strategy of pursuing trade relations with non-traditional [and]high-potential ... Read More »

Norway retakes crown as largest fresh salmon supplier to China


OSLO: Norway has returned to the top of whole, fresh Atlantic salmon exporting countries to China, after a significant improvement in market access over the past few months. And with free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations continuing apace, zero tariffs would see the country gain even greater market share for salmon, as well cod, red fish, Greenland halibut, mackerel, shrimp and ... Read More »

Fund goes green Norway’s firms struggle to keep up


OSLO: Many Norwegian companies lag high standards for reporting their impact on the environment that the Nordic nation’s $1 trillion wealth fund is championing abroad in 2018. The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, which is barred by the Norwegian government from investing at home, wants the 9,100 companies in which it holds stakes to submit data on issues such as ... Read More »

Economic transition period for oil revenue is over Norway says


OSLO: The target rate of inflation in the Norwegian economy was lowered because a transition period of phasing in oil revenues is over, the government announced. When the initial inflation target rate of 2.5 percent was introduced, Norway was just phasing oil revenue into its economy. Now, the ministry said, that period is over. “A key argument for maintaining a ... Read More »

Norway set to ban semi automatic weapons


OSLO: Norway is set to ban semi-automatic weapons almost seven years after a far right-wing extremist killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage, the deputy leader of parliament’s justice committee said on Thursday. The July 22 massacre in 2011 “was committed using that type of weapon. We need to get rid of them,” Peter Froelich told broadcaster TV2. ... Read More »

Norwegian salmon exports to China rose last week


OSLO:  Norway exported 291 tonnes of fresh salmon to China last week, up from 192 tonnes the previous week, recovering after Chinese new year celebrations, and up from zero tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed on Thursday. While the volumes accounted for a fraction of total exports of 15,748 tonnes last week, Norwegian ... Read More »

Hamilton blueberry tech firm Technologies sold for $67m to Norwegian giant


OSLO: A Hamilton fruit technology manufacturer has been bought by a Norwegian giant. A $66.9 million acquisition of BBC Technologies – a family-run producer of sorting and packaging machines for small fruits – was announced to the Oslo stock exchange on Tuesday. The deal with Norway-based TOMRA Foods, and the deal will have BBC Technologies grow its already $34m per year in exports.The ... Read More »

Local business owner headed for Norwegian ski race


OSLO: Brande came to the U.S. for college and attended the University of Wyoming’s College of Business. He has been involved in his community and state ever since, founding Handel Information Technologies in 1997, graduating from the 2006 class of Leadership Wyoming, serving on a number of state boards and teaching at UW. In March, Brande plans to return to ... Read More »

Norway’s February consumer confidence drops to 9.1 points


OSLO: Norway’s monthly consumer sentiment index (CCI) dropped to a four-month low of 9.1 points in February from 13.1 points in January, surveying firm Opinion said on Friday. The index hit an all-time low in December 2015 of minus 11.7 points along with a sharp fall in the price of oil, Norway’s main export, but has since rebounded following a ... Read More »