Norway central bank mulls stepping in to prop up falling krona

Norway central bank mulls stepping in to prop up falling krona
The headquarters of Norway's central bank in Oslo. Photo: Mahlum/Wikimedia Commons
The central bank of Norway said Thursday it was considering intervening to stop the fall of the Norwegian krone, which is taking a beating from the economic fallout of the new coronavirus.
Faced with the risk of recession and a sharp drop in the price of oil, of which Norway is Western Europe's largest producer, the Norwegian krone is buckling under.
Since the beginning of the year, when the currency was already weakened, the dollar has appreciated against the krone by more than 20 percent and the euro by almost 18 percent.
The drop intensified on Wednesday and according to business news site the currency had never weakened more in a day since the country abandoned its fixed exchange rate regime in 1992.
“In recent days, there has been an extraordinary situation in the market for Norwegian kroner,” Norges Bank, the country's central bank, said in a statement.
“Against this background Norges Bank is continuously considering whether there is a need to intervene in the market by purchasing Norwegian kroner,” it said.

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  1. Sorry but where did you get the percentages, 20% worse against the $ and 18% against the €, since Jan?
    March 6th 2020 – 9.261 to $ 19.03.20 – 11.4031 difference 23% in two weeks.
    Same dates – 10.4983 to € 12.3165 17%
    Taken from Norges-bank valutakurser

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