Father and son duo Norway’s top earners

Father and son business duo Trond and Frederik Mohn have taken the top two spots on the list of Norway's largest income tax-payers, paying a combined 213.7 million kroner ($36m) in 2012.

Father and son duo Norway's top earners
Trond Mohn (left) and Frederik Mohn (right) in front of a portrait of company founder Frank Mohn - Frank Mohn AS
Their Bergen-based company, Frank Mohn AS, supplies pumps to the oil and gas industry. 
"I think I pay exactly the right amount of tax. I pay it gladly," Trond Mohn, 70, who has long been Norway's largest income taxpayer, told E24.
Trond Mohn, a member of the Labour Party, said the new government's plans to limit the personal tax data made public by Norway's tax authorities was "a bad idea". 
"I think tax data should remain available and open. There is a tradition in Norway of an open and transparent society," he said. 
Trond Mohn earned 323.7 million kroner in 2012, while his son earned 142 million. 
Next in line came hedge fund owner Espen Nordhus, with income of 104 million, followed by Seadrill chief executive Alf Christian Thorkildsen (102m), Peter Groth, chief executive of the Aspelin Ramm property group (96m). 
Bestselling author Jo Nesbø was the top earner in the cultural space, with income of 39 million kroner.   
Many of Norway's richest men were notable for their absence from the list of top income tax payers. 

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Norwegian city announces plan to stop naming streets after men

The city council in Bergen has proposed that streets, squares and municipal buildings no longer be named after men apart from in "very special cases". The plan has provoked opposition in some quarters.

Norwegian city announces plan to stop naming streets after men
Bergen harbour. Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash

The council will take a final vote on the proposal next week.

Katrine Nødtvedt, City Councillor for Culture, Diversity and Gender Equality in Bergen, said that the drastic proposal was needed to get a message across.

“Previously you would work on the basis that you would choose a female name if you could think of anybody suitable. Instead, we should be actively working to correct the gender balance,” she told newspaper VG.

According to the city council’s website, the change in naming conventions is a part of “Project Female Name”, which will look at street names and women’s history.

The city councillor believes the proposal should get the go-ahead.

“There has long been a political majority in Bergen to promote women and name more streets and public places after women,” Nødtvedt told Dagbladet newspaper.

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In 2018, the city council in Bergen decided that the municipality should increase the number of places number after women. There were 229 streets in Bergen named after people at the time, of which 28 were female names while 201 were male names.

“When you see that it is the result after 950 years of Bergen’s history, I think many understand that drastic measures are needed,” Nødtvedt said.

She also explained that the city wouldn’t be closing the door on naming places after men altogether.

“At the same time, we allow for very special cases where there are men who has a special connection to a place in the city, and then we will be able to assess it,” the councillor said.

However, the plan has provoked a strong backlash in some quarters.

“Decisions that force equality at street name level, I think is just sad and a little pathetic,” the former mayor of Bergen, Trude Drevland, told VG.

“If we are to succeed in achieving gender equality, then it won’t be measured by 50/50 names of streets and places on the back of a forced decision,” she added.