Snow halted prime minister’s car

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It started snowing in Oslo just before the weekend, adding to the upcoming holiday atmosphere but causing problems for guests leaving a prominent julebord (pre-holiday party), at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other politicians were among the guests.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the party was attended by around 100 journalists who regularly cover political issues and events in Parliament, and many of Norway’s most important politicians were among the guests. Some heavy wet snow fell during the party at the hillside Ekeberg Restaurant, covering the steep driveway down to the street.

The specially designed car carrying Prime Minister Solberg and her husband Sindre Finnes ended up sliding out of control on the slippery driveway and stopping sideways, blocking it. Two emergency vehicles from the city’s fire and rescue department and several police cars arrived to help, with body guards eventually helping Solberg and Finnes out of the car and carefully over to another vehicle that managed to make it up the hill.

With her car still blocking the driveway, other departing guests who included the head of the Labour Party, Jonas Gahr Støre, had to slip and slide their way on foot down the hill in order to reach taxis, other waiting cars or the tram that stops below.

newsinenglish.no staff