New survey reveals anti-Semitic minority in Norway

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Around 12.5 percent of Norwegians show signs of prejudice against Jews, according to a new survey conducted by the Holocaust Center in Oslo. Even though that’s a relatively low level of anti-Semitism compared to levels in other European countries, government officials received the report with concern and are studying measures to combat the issue, not least in the schools.

The study also revealed that around 19 percent of Norwegians questioned agreed with a general statement that “the world’s Jews work behind the scenes to further Jewish interests.” Nearly 25 percent of Norwegians think Jews “view themselves as better than others.”

Øivind Kopperud of the Holocaust Center told news bureau NTB that the relatively low level of anti-Semitism in Norway can’t be downplayed, noting that 12.5 percent of the population amounts to around 600,000 persons with prejudices against Jews.

Norway’s Jewish population is small, numbering only around 1,500 persons. The survey revealed that Norwegians are more negative towards other minorities than Jews, with Muslims, Somalians and Roma folk targeted with the highest levels of prejudice.

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