Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will be fined 20,000 kroner (about 2355 USD) for violating the rules while celebrating her birthday.
On February 25, Prime Minister Solberg went to the Hole municipality outside the Norwegian capital, Oslo, for two days with 14 family members, including herself, to celebrate her 60th birthday. Meanwhile, state media NRK reported that the rules issued by the Norwegian government to control corona disease had been violated.
Police had launched an investigation after the news broke. After concluding the investigation on Friday, the police held a press conference and concluded that Prime Minister Solberg had violated the rules and imposed a fine of 20,000 kroner.
Local South-East District Police Chief Ole B. At a press conference on Friday, Saverud said that Prime Minister Solberg should be a partner in maintaining public confidence after violating infection control rules. “The law is the same for everyone,” Norwegian state media NRK quoted Savarud as saying. “According to the rules, she will be fined 20,000 kroner.”
The rules issued at that time stated that no more than 10 people could gather for a personal meeting and event. The law of the time stipulates a fine of Rs 20,000 for holding more than the prescribed number of individual programs.
Although Prime Minister Solberg arrived in Kol Municipality with 14 family members, she did not return the same day. Prime Minister Solberg returned to Oslo for treatment after seeing eye problems. According to the police, Prime Minister Solveg’s husband had a role in the management but he was fined as per the rules.
Immediately after the news broke, Prime Minister Solberg said she was ready to pay the fine and action. She apologized for the mistake she made after the police announced a fine of Rs 20,000 on Friday. “I will pay the fine according to the rules, just like any other person, for violating the rules,” NRK quoted Prime Minister Solberg as saying.
Talking to NRK after the news became public, Solberg apologized for the mistake she had made. “Every day I work for corona infection and make rules,” she told NRK at the time. “In that sense, the rules need to be known and enforced.” But, I made a mistake when I didn’t remember the rules well. I apologize. ‘She has been urging the public to abide by the rules issued by the government as the corona is increasing day by day.
Corona control measures have been implemented for the second time since November, as the rate of corona infection in Norway continues to rise. Since then, the rules for corona control have been tightened. Until recently, there was a rule that no more than 10 people could gather, but now there is a rule that no more than two people can gather. As the vaccination program is also ongoing, the government plans to gradually reopen the closed areas in phases after April.
More than 100,000 people have been infected in Norway so far. The death toll is 684. Norway has a population of 5.4 million, including immigrants. About 700,000 people have been vaccinated so far.