Norway’s royal family and all the properties they use have made everyone elses’ complaints over high electricity bills pale by comparison. The royals’ bills collectively jumped by a shocking NOK 3.7 million last year (USD 420,000), leaving their part of the state budget with a big overrun.
Newspaper Dagbladet reported this week that renewed activity following the Corona crisis, the jump in electricity rates and anti-terror-related construction projects aimed at boosting security around the Royal Palace all contributed to a budget overrun of NOK 4.7 million. The royals’ annual report for 2021 indicates that much of it was attributed to high electricity rates in large buildings that use lots of electricity.
The security project around the palace also proved more expensive than planned, because of higher prices for construction materials, delivery delays and a lack of workers. One of the project’s suppliers also filed for bankruptcy during the year.