January 22, 2000 |
Not since the Vikings marauded across Europe more than a millennium ago have the people of Norway wielded so much influence on peace and security in the world. From the "Oslo channel" that produced a 1993 breakthrough in the Middle East to the Guatemala cease-fire three years later, Norwegians lately have played the role of mild-mannered mediators in some of the world's most intractable conflicts.
November 4, 1990 |
Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland took power Saturday, vowing to revive stalled talks on ties with the European Community, the issue that toppled the previous center-right government. Brundtland, taking office for the third time as head of a minority government, unveiled a 19-member Cabinet including nine women to take over from a year-old coalition headed by Jan Syse, which fell last Monday.
October 30, 1990 |
Norway's government resigned Monday after the junior member of the year-old coalition refused to support increased ties to the Economic Community. Prime Minister Jan P. Syse called it "regrettable" that the Center Party quit his three-party alliance.
October 14, 1989
Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned Friday as head of her minority Labor government, clearing the way for a center-right coalition to take power. The action followed a loss by her Labor Party of eight Parliament seats in the Sept. 11 election. It was the party's worst showing since 1930. Brundtland, 50, Norway's first female prime minister, formally handed her resignation to King Olav V at his castle in central Oslo.
October 7, 1989 |
Norway's minority Labor government will officially step down on Oct. 13, Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland's office said Friday. It will be replaced by three center-right parties that earlier this week formed a coalition, prompted by Labor's dismal performance in national elections last month. State Secretary Arne Strand said Brundtland would probably stay in charge over the weekend until Oct. 16 when Conservative leader Jan Syse takes over as prime minister.
December 15, 1988 |
Only once, a thousand years ago during the Viking period, did a Nordic influence briefly dominate, with Scandinavian warriors ranging from the East Coast of North America--500 years before Christopher Columbus--to the Black and Caspian seas. The Norse admiringly described the attacking frenzies of their finest warriors as a state of being "berserk"--a Norse word absorbed into English. The Vikings also gave the name "Russ" to the Slavs who later adopted it for themselves as Russian.