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Yearbook 2010

2010 NorwayNorway. According to COUNTRYAAH, Jewish leaders in Norway noted at the beginning of the year harassment and threats to Jewish schoolchildren from Muslim environments. The schools were criticized for not seriously addressing open Jew hatred. In response, Minister of Education Kristin Halvorsen appointed a working group in March to fight racism and anti-Semitism.

In April, Norway and the Russian Federation agreed on a visa-free zone at the common border that would apply to residents within three miles on both sides. Shortly thereafter, President of the Russian Federation visited Dmitry Medvedev Norway and met, among others, King Harald and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. During the talks, an agreement was reached on how the border should be drawn in the fish-rich and probably also oil and gas-rich Barents sea. The border had been a subject of dispute for four decades, but later in the year, the Russian Federation and Norway signed both border and visa agreements.

2010 Norway

While Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was named one of two chairmen of the UN Climate Council, he was criticized at home for delaying the major project to store carbon dioxide under the seabed. The decision was postponed and the planned test facility is expected to be completed by 2018 at the earliest.

The Norwegian court opened the idea that Muslim sharia councils could participate in civil cases, such as divorce and inheritance. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre made a strong reaction. As chairman of the Labor Party's integration committee, he explained that the legal system must be based on democratic values and that Norway could not have a parallel legal system based on Islamic law.

When the Storting's Nobel Committee in October decided to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese dissident and human rights fighter Liu Xiaobo, China reacted hard. The Norwegian Fisheries Minister's trip to Beijing had to be canceled, a major Norwegian cultural event in China was stopped and a trade agreement with Norway was postponed indefinitely by the Beijing regime. There was also a debate in Norway where the Nobel Committee and especially its chairman Thorbjørn Jagland were accused of politicizing the Nobel Prize. Critics felt that Norwegian business should pay for the Nobel Committee's bold choice of award winners. At the awards ceremony in Oslo, China's ambassador, along with a number of other invited countries' representatives, failed to appear.

In November, it was discovered that the US embassy in Oslo has systematically monitored and registered Norwegians, according to the United States, to prevent terrorist acts against US embassies. The data led to revelations about similar US surveillance in Sweden.

After the downturn the previous year, the Norwegian economy reversed and showed slight growth in the second quarter. Unemployment also fell. The Government Oil Fund grew strongly and reached a market value of around SEK 3 billion during the year.

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