Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Norway finally outlaws stalking

Share this article

Norway finally outlaws stalking
Norway previously did not have specific legislation on stalking. Photo: Heiko Junge / Scanpix
10:49 CEST+02:00
A law goes into effect on Thursday that officially bans stalking in Norway.
Unlike other Scandinavian countries, Norway has not had a specific ban on stalking thus making cases very difficult to prosecute. 
 
“Now we have it finalized. It’s a great day for those who have been subjected to stalking,” Justice Minister Anders Anundsen told Dagbladet. 
 
The change to the penal code entails including a section specifically stating that “one who repeatedly threatens, follows, observes [or] contacts” an individual can be punished by up to four years in prison. 
 
“This provision affects the most serious form of stalking, which can hamper an individual’s freedom of movement and be extremely troublesome,” Anundsen said. 
 
Conservative spokesman Hårek Elvenes told NTB in March that when the new law takes effect it will be “possible to prevent, investigate and prosecute stalking more effectively”.
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master’s degree from Sweden’s Linköping University

Master’s students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren’t there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement