Norway’s foreign ministry has altered its travel advisory for Hong Kong and is now urging Norwegians, especially students, to “evaluate their safety,” avoid all demonstrations because of increasing violence and follow the availability of flights out of the area. Officials at both the University of Bergen (UiB) and NTNU in Trondheim have urged their exchange students in Hong Kong to leave and head home to Norway.
“We will also offer economic support, if they have problems,” Oddrun Samdal, vice-director of education at UiB, told the Norwegian universities’ newsservice Khrono on Thursday. Both the Norwegian foreign ministry and the Swedish general consulate invited Swedish, Norwegian and Danish students in Hong Kong to an information meeting on Friday at the Swedish Church in Hong Kong, to review their options.
“The situation in Hong Kong has escalated very much,” wrote the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA) on its website Thursday. At least 59 Norwegian students are in Hong Kong this autumn. Several demonstrations have been held in Hong Kong’s university area, as Hong Kong residents demand retention of their democracy under China’s authoritarian rule.