Norwegian women trail men’s political savvy

Despite scoring high in international gender equality comparisons, Norway still has a gap between men and women when it comes to taking an interest in politics.

Norwegian women trail men's political savvy
Norwegian women celebrate a century of the right to vote. File photo: Zen Whisk/Flikr

The survey by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) showed that women trail men in their knowledge of the political field.

Norway had the biggest gender gap in  a cross-country study that compared Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the UK, and the US, compiled by the University of London.

"Maybe it's still like that because dad reads the paper at the breakfast table while mum's talking to the kids," Labour Party politician Marianne Marthinsen told the NRK network in response. 

The low score for Norway surprised the Bergen-based research team

"We actually found the opposite to what we were expecting," said NTNU professor Toril Aalberg, adding that it seemed that countries with the most gender parity had the worst score for men and women taking an equal interest in politics. 

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WATCH: Viral Norwegian Christmas ad where Santa has a boyfriend

A Christmas advert by Posten, the Norwegian postal service, which depicts Santa in a same-sex relationship, has been branded "fantastic" and "perfect" after going viral. 

Pictured is a screenshot from Posten's Christmas advert.
The advert where Santa Claus falls in love with Harry, both pictured above, has caused a stir on social media. Picture from screenshot Youtube/ Posten.

Posten’s Christmas advert titled “When Harry met Santa” — a nod to the 1989 rom-com “When Harry met Sally…” — has caused a splash since it premiered on social media before airing on Norwegian screens this week. 

The new ad follows up on last year’s offering where Santa was angry at the postal service for taking away his “business”. 

The nearly four-minute film sees Santa and Harry build up a bond over several years. However, the pair are restricted to fleeting encounters due to Santa’s packed schedule- until he enlists Posten to ease his workload so the two can spend more time together before sharing a kiss in the final scene. 

The advert was made to mark next year’s 50th anniversary of same-sex relationships being decriminalised in the Scandinavian country.

“This year, it’s all about love – highlighting the fact that 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Norway,” Posten said in a statement to newswire Reuters.

“In addition to showing the flexibility of our services, we want to put it in a socially relevant setting,” it said.

Mats Strandberg, who is married to Johan Ehn, the actor who plays Harry, tweeted, “That’s my husband kissing Santa!”. 

Below you can watch the ad with English subtitles.