Foreign minister under fire for travel expenses

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.

Foreign minister under fire for travel expenses
On the move: Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende. photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

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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