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Norway: Blasphemy Provision to Be Removed from Penal Code

(May 19, 2015) On May 12, 2015, the Norwegian Parliament made a final decision to immediately remove the provision on blasphemy from the country’s General Civil Penal Code. The King must approve the amendment to the Code, and so the formal entry into force of the change will occur on or after May 22. (Anders […]

Netherlands; Norway: Dutch Prisoners Sue Unsuccessfully to Prevent Transfer of Norwegian Convicts to Luxury Cells

(Mar. 30, 2015) A Dutch court ruled on March 6, 2015, that long-term prisoners, serving ten years to life imprisonment, who currently live in “luxury cells” in Norgerhaven Prison must give up them up to make way for Norwegian convicts who are to be transferred to the facility based on an agreement reached between The […]

Norway: Segway Ban Lifted

(Sept. 30, 2014) On July 1, 2014, the unlicensed use of the self-balancing personal transport device (selvbalanserende kjøretøy), commonly known as the Segway, became legal on the streets of Norway. The device has been prohibited in the country for years because of its ability to reach relatively high speeds (20km/h, about 12.4 mph) and therefore […]

Norway: Begging to Become Illegal Again

(July 16, 2014) As of July 1, 2014, Norwegian municipalities have the right to make begging illegal. Members of the governing parties of the Stortinget (the country’s legislature) made a compromise with the Center Party (Senterpartiet) to acknowledge the right of self-governance of municipalities; specifically, their right to regulate begging locally. As part of the […]

Norway: Potential Terrorists Prosecuted for Planning to Support Terrorism in Syria

(May 30, 2014) On May 27, 2014, Norwegian prosecutors took three Norwegians into custody on charges of preparing to commit terrorist acts. The three men, all Norwegians, one originally from Somalia and two brothers originally from Yugoslavia, are suspected of intending to fight for and financially support ISIL in Syria, which is listed as a […]

Norway: Change in Benefits for Those in the Country Illegally

(Mar. 20, 2014) Following a March 14, 2014, cabinet meeting, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion, Robert Eriksson, announced that the type of welfare assistance available to those in the country illegally will change. Now, instead of receiving benefit payments, people will be able to obtain food coupons and a bed for the […]

Norway: Abortion Law May Be Tightened

(Mar. 6, 2014) It was reported on January 2, 2014, that Norway plans to tighten its abortion law, after it was found that the number of late-term abortions appeared to be increasing. Norway’s Public Health Institute figures indicated that while there were five abortions performed late in a pregnancy between 2001 and 2009, 12 late-pregnancy […]

Norway: Bitcoins Are Capital Property, Not Currency, Says Norwegian Tax Authority

(Dec. 11, 2013) Bitcoins, the online currency, have received much media attention in a short time and become an up-and-coming international means of payment. (Joe Light, Virtual-Currency Craze Spawns Bitcoin Wannabes, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Nov. 20, 2013).) Now the Norwegian Tax Administration (NTA) has weighed in on the legal classification of bitcoins by issuing […]

Norway: VAT on Electric Car Leasing to Be Eliminated

(Nov. 29, 2013) It was reported on November 18, 2013, that members of the collaborating majority of parties in Norway’s Parliament agreed to eliminate the value-added tax on the leasing of electric cars and their batteries; a VAT of 25% is applied at present. (Eivind Bryne, Norway: Leasing of Electric Cars Zero Rated from 2014 […]

Norway: Tightening of Restrictions on Unhealthy Food Ads Aimed at Youth

(Aug. 29, 2013) It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food Ads Directed at Children, THE NORWAY POST (July 2, 2013).) Initially, in 2012, the Ministry of Health and Care […]