Norway’s Central Bank Raises Rates to 1.5 Percent

Norway is the first European nation to raise rates, and the third worldwide. The 25 basis points increase raised the rate to 1.50% and out of the record lowest interest rate. Economic fundamentals have been strong in Norway, and made the decision much easier for the Norges Bank. Exporters will be hit by the appreaciation of the local currency as its rate differential begins to look attractive for investment.

Scandinavia’s only non-European Union member came out of recession in the second quarter after investment in its petroleum industry, a stimulus package equivalent to 4.7 percent of gross domestic product and record-low borrowing costs fueled domestic demand. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose coalition government was re-elected last month, has pledged to raise next year’s spending in excess of national fiscal guidelines even after recovery took hold.


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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
Alfonso Esparza