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Brits flee Norway leaving fines unpaid

British law-breakers owe the Norwegian state more in unpaid fines than those from France, Italy, Spain and Ireland put together, new figures from the country's state collection agency have shown.

Brits flee Norway leaving fines unpaid
Norwegian traffic cop stopping speeding vehicles - Solum, Stian Lysberg / NTB Scanpix
With 11.4 million kroner in unpaid fines, British people are ahead of Germans, with 8.5 million, and even people from Norway's neighbour Denmark, who owe 7.5 million. 
 
With the exception of the Swedes and the Danes, Norway is powerless to pursue foreigners who leave the country with outstanding penalties for offences committed on Norwegian soil, meaning many Europeans choose to simply leave the country. 
 
"I think they're laughing at us," Oslo's mayor Fabian Stang told TV 2. "I think they say that here in Norway you are free to do whatever you want without any consequences." 
 
The Poles are the worse offenders, owing Norway 38.5 million in unpaid fines, followed by Lithuanians, with 22.7 million in unpaid fines, Swedes with 22.3 million, and Romanians with 14 million. 
 
Country of origin     Total unpaid fines (million kroner)
 
Poland                  38.5 
Lithuania                22.7 
Sweden                 22.3
Romania                14.0
UK                        11.4 
Germany                 8.5 
Denmark                 7.5
Netherlands             3.8 
Spain                      3.6 
Italy                        3.4 
France                    2.5
Ireland                    0.3 
 
 

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said. 

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