Obama costs under budget

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Security arrangements tied to US President Barack Obama’s visit in December weren’t as high as state police had feared.

US President Barack Obama delivering his Nobel Address in Oslo.

When news broke that Obama would be traveling to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010, concerns rose that his visit would be expensive for Norwegian taxpayers. The Oslo Police District mounted a budget of NOK 80 million for the visit, which turned out to only last around 27 hours.

The state was standing by with another NOK 42 million in case it was needed, but final tallies show it all cost around NOK 74 million, reports Nettavisen.

“There was strict budget management all along, and the final bills reflect that,” Johan Fredriksen of the Oslo Police told Nettavisen.

By View and News staff