Tag Archives: Norway

From top Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar with Michelle Hennessy (left) and Roseanne RooBeek from Reuters and being interviewed by Axel Threfall on Reuters media about Ireland’s economy and our global presence at Davos, Switzerland.

This morning.

World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

Mr Varadkar said he hoped that the ultimate [UK/EU] free trade arrangement could resemble “Norway Plus”, but that it would have to be a “specific” agreement.

The kind of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) envisaged has generally been regarded as following a spectrum between the EU-Canada agreement, which reduces tariffs but has little by way of services, and the EU-Norway arrangement, where Norway has virtually full access to the Single Market, but has to abide by all EU rules and pay into the EU budget.

However, speaking on Bloomberg TV during his first full day at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort, Mr Varadkar said that neither Norway nor Canada were appropriate models.

‘Norway plus’ model for UK may be possible, Taoiseach says (Tony Connelly, RTÉ)


John Harrington writes:

“From [homeless charity] Focus Ireland…In comparison to ‘our peers’…”

Yesterday: Tony Groves: Abnormal Normality

Installations by Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen in and around the forests of his scenic homeland.

It’s all about the balance of nature and human culture, if you’re interested.


Golden Oriole

Manky, noisy, funky long-form sounds from Norwegian “tech-noize” two-piece Golden Oriole.

Accosting Ireland on the following dates this weekend: Friday in Dublin’s Bello Bar, Saturday in An Spailpín Fánach in Cork City, and Sunday in Sal’s of Waterford.

They mightn’t know what’d be after hitting ’em.

Golden Oriole



Yes. Way.

David F writes:

Got this today from Norwegian, the airline. State imposing a tax on the airlines, the airlines passing it on to the customers.

AND they’re imposing it retrospectively. So, you booked a flight in Jan for any time after June, you get pinged 80nok (about €10 euro)…


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Acrobatic flyer Horatio Llorens braves the sub -zero skies of Trømso, Norway to soar in his motorised paraglider against the green-blue backdrop of the Aurora Borealis.



And slip-on loafers.


Sochi 2014: Norwegian curlers back with their wacky pants at Winter Olympics (Toronto Star)