Foreign minister under fire for travel expenses

Foreign minister under fire for travel expenses
On the move: Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende. photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix
Børge Brende faces criticism after it was revealed on Wednesday that the foreign minister has spent 250 days in just over one year travelling outside Norway - far more than his predecessors.

Brende, a member of Norway's Conservative Party, registered – by the end of November and since the government changed – 251 days and nights of  travelling, costing taxpayers 1.4 million kroner.

The most expensive trip he has taken was to the US in October. A ten-day long stay, including attendance at the annual assembly of the World Bank in Washington, cost alone 121,924 kroner.
 
A confidential summary of his expenses that NTB received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows that Brende has burned off more money than his predecessors from the Red-Green party. All ministers’ travel expenses were shown in the confidential document which goes all the way back to January 2011.

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