Norway nurtures its image as a “peace nation,” but its weapons industry is booming. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday that weapons sales last year amounted to NOK 3.1 billion, up from NOK 646 million in 2001. News magazine Ny Tidnoted that exports to the US have increased 20 times since 2001, when the war on terror began. Critics say it’s a dilemma for Norway, home of the Nobel Peace Prize, to have an active weapons trade. State officials say Norway has no reason to be ashamed of its defense industry, and has strict rules governing exports.
By Views and News staff