Frazer Norwell: Journalist & editor

Frazer is a freelance journalist, having worked in both the UK and Norway. He has both editorial and reporting experience in web and broadcast journalism. Currently, he is the editor of The Local Norway, which is a part of the multi-regional, European, English-language digital news publisher The Local. He lives in Oslo and enjoys skiing, cooking, football and hiking.


Phone: 07340 179907  Email: frazernorwell@hotmail.co.uk Twitter:@FrazerNorwell 


Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority will implement a permanent flight ban over Equinor's facilities in Aure in Møre og Romsdal, and two Equinor facilities in Øygarden in Vestland. The flying ban extends to flying unmanned aircraft, such as drones and model aircraft, and comes into force immediately, energy publication EnergiWatch reports. Only emergency services and neighbours to the facility will be exempt from the ban. Håvard Vikheim, director of communications and public relations at th

How incentives have struggled to attract residents to north Norway

Measures to attract people to live and work in northern parts of Norway have largely failed, according to a new report. Lower student loans, income and employer taxes and cheaper energy have all failed to attract enough people and businesses to the region, the report commissioned by Vista Analyse and commissioned by the Ministry of Local Government and Districts found. In 1990, measures were introduced in Finnmark and seven municipalities in north Troms to combat high unemployment and lower li

Nine things to know if you are visiting Norway in December

If you are travelling to Norway this December, here are a few key things to remember, from essential practical info to the best things to see and do. Norway is expected to see a cold snap throughout December, making the country even colder than it already is during the winter. So far, temperatures have been two degrees lower than usual for the time of the year. This means wrapping up will be essential. Layering-up and wool are the key elements for staying warm in Norway during the winter. RE

Norwegian word of the day: Julebord

What does julebord mean? A julebord, or "Christmas table", is a traditional Norwegian gathering with your co-workers. The event typically includes dinner, drinks (lots of them), speeches, and dancing. Although, some companies will hold theirs in November or January. Organisations, clubs and sports teams will organise their own too. Additionally, your friends and family may host an informal one at your own home. Therefore, you could end up being invited to quite a few during December. One tip i

Norway to deport 83-year-old woman over failed residency application

Takako Ellefsen, who has lived in Norway three times during various stages of her life and was married to a Norwegian for 46 years, was told by immigration authorities that she had not met the conditions to be granted a residence permit, public broadcaster NRK reports. Ellefsen, who is Japanese, had previously lived in Norway during the 60s and late 2000s before relocating to Norway again in 2020. She had hoped to remain in Norway for the rest of her life before being buried next to her husband

Have your say: Your questions on Norway answered

Whether you've lived here for a while, just arrived, are moving soon, or have an interest in Norway, there'll undoubtedly be a few questions that regularly spring to mind. Whether it's cultural, practical or something more left-field, feel free to ask (almost) anything. We'll try to answer the best ones, or the ones with the most helpful answers for others, in a future article. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below.

How much money do you need to earn for a good life in Norway?

There is no need to beat around the bush, Norway is among the most expensive countries in Europe. However, the high prices are offset, to an extent, by the generally high salaries in the country. So, it would be fair to say that Norway is – as a rule of thumb – very expensive to visit, but when one takes into account that the country also has pretty high salaries (at least compared to most of Europe), it may end up being the case that Norway is not as expensive for people living and working in

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

This week police will sharply increase the number of stops to test for drink and drug driving as part of its annual action week against being behind the wheel whilst intoxicated. “An intoxicated driver exposes not only themself but also other road users to danger. We ask everyone to contribute to road safety by driving without drugs,” Knut Smedsrud, chief of the emergency police, said in a press release. The risk of being involved in an accident is 68 times higher for a drunk driver than a sob

Record energy prices in central Norway

The weekend energy price record for central Norway was shattered on Sunday. During the day, an average price of 2.71 kroner per kilowatt hour, including VAT, taxes and grid rent, was recorded, Europower reports. Over the past 18 months, central and northern parts of the country have been able to avoid price records being shattered weekly and monthly, unlike the south. However, prices have recently begun to spike in the north and central areas of Norway, with those areas seeing similar price le

Moving to Norway: How much money do I need to live in Tromsø?

Located in the heart of the Arctic wilderness is Tromsø, sometimes referred to as the 'Paris of the north' by Norwegians. Previously the city was the last port of call before heading off on Arctic expeditions. These days Tromsø, despite its small size, is a modern and vibrant city. As the largest urban area in northern Norway, it, along with Bodø, acts as a hub for those who want to live in northern parts of the country. If you fancy living in a city with the midnight sun in the summer and th

House prices in Norway fall for third consecutive month

Home prices in Norway fell by 2.2 percent in November, the latest figures from Real Estate Norway (Eindom Norge) show. When adjusted for seasonal variation, as the property market tends to trend downwards during the latter half of the year, house prices fell by 0.9 percent. André Kallåk Anundsen, a housing researcher at OsloMet, told business and financial site E24 the fall was due to a higher cost of living and rising interest rates. “This is a natural response to interest rates rising and f

Tens of thousands of people in Norway might end up without a valid driving license from the New Year

“We are concerned that so many people still have not renewed their driving licence. Now, those who want to continue driving after the New Year need to take urgent action,” department director Lill Tove Amundsen in the Norwegian Road Administration noted in a recent press release. From January 1, 2023, driving licenses that are larger than bank cards will no longer be valid. If you want to continue driving, you need to renew your driving license by the end of 2022. People who still need to rene

Norwegian word of the day: Vors

What does it mean? Vors is a slang term and shortening of vorspiel, which means pre-party. So the English equivalent would be pre-drinks/pre's or pre-game, depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean you hail from. Vorspiel, or vors now that we’re cool and colloquial, typically refers to drinking or gathering before a social occasion or night out on the town. Vors is very common before a lot of nights out. If after a night out you want to keep the party going, then you can have a nachspiel

Why energy prices in Norway will rise in December

It’s unlikely to be a season of good cheer when it comes to energy prices in Norway this Christmas, as prices will rise sharply in December. While the average price in November was 140 øre per kilowatt hour in November and around 132 øre in Oslo in October, consumers will have to pay considerably more in December. Energy expert Tor Reier Lilleholt told the newspaper Bergens Tidende that households could expect to pay around 2 kroner per kilowatt hour, including fees after energy support has be

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

The drug Paxlovid, used to treat Covid-19, will be stocked in Norwegian pharmacies from December 8th, Norway’s Minister of Health, Ingvild Kjerkol, has announced. The medicine reduces instances of severe illness in those more at risk of developing a serious bout of Covid-19. “I am happy that we can now offer corona patients with a high risk of serious illness this treatment. It reduces the risk of a serious course for the individual, in addition to helping to reduce the burden on the health se

IN PICTURES: Norway’s most beautiful buildings

Stunning fjords, jaw-dropping mountains and natural phenomena like the Northern Lights draw tourists in their millions to Norway. Despite the excellent natural scenery, there are quite a few man-made sights to marvel at. From 17th-century buildings to 12th-century churches and modern architectural marvels, these are some of Norway’s most beautiful buildings. The Architectural Uprising (Arkitekturupprororet) recently awarded Ramme Fjordhotel its top accolade for 2022. Despite its old-worldy ext

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Norway and Germany want a NATO hub for undersea infrastructure Germany and Norway want to start a NATO-led alliance to protect critical underwater infrastructure following two explosions on gas pipelines in the fallout from the Ukraine war. "We are in the process of asking the NATO Secretary General to set up a coordination office for the protection of underwater infrastructure," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told a press conference in Berlin. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said th

EXPLAINED: Norway’s plans for a tourist tax

Around 10 million tourists flock to Norway annually, drawn in by its majestic fjords, world-famous hikes, rugged wilderness and bucket-list activities such as Northern Lights tours. Many travellers already remark that the country is incredibly expensive. However, the cost of being a visitor in Norway could soon increase as the government plans to introduce a new tax on tourism-related activities. Earlier this week, the minority government consisting of the Labour Party and Centre Party, agreed

What are the most common reasons Americans in Norway contact the U.S. embassy?

In addition to fulfilling their diplomatic roles, embassies offer several vital services to their nation's citizens living abroad. Whether it's clarifying questions, offering assistance with urgent matters or renewing passports, many living abroad will use their embassy's services at some point. There are around 10,000 American citizens living in Norway, and the most common questions that the U.S. Embassy in Norway receives are regarding travelling as a dual citizen and the citizenship rules f
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