With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

February 05, 2020

The radical-right Progress Party (FRP) withdrew from Norway's coalition government on January 20. This is a big defeat for FRP leader Siv Jensen, whose big ambition was to prove his party was koalitionsfähig, or "coalition capable." After six years in government, the conflict between the populist...

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

November 05, 2019

The World Happiness Report published by the United Nations in March this year identified Norway as the world’s third happiest country. The Scandinavian nation is doing remarkably well when it comes to key variables that influence well-being, such as income, freedom, trust, life expectancy,...

The Far Left Is on the Rise in Norway

April 11, 2019

For the time being, populist red-green forces seem to have robbed the radical right of its language as well as its voters. On March 1, Norway’s far-left Red (Rødt) party polled at 7.6% — its highest ever result. If an election was called today, this could translate to 14 members in the...

Norway Has Failed to Combat a Climate of Hate

August 01, 2018

Norway's politicians have not dealt with or intervened to undermine the racist ideology that made Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 attacks possible. In July, Norway remembered the victims of the Utøya and Oslo attacks of 2011. A temporary memorial was unveiled with the names of those killed. The...

The Making of a “Shithole” World

January 19, 2018

Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of US foreign policy are worse. The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some US diplomats have referred to the country as...