Rising prices and higher interest rates have led to a new form of relative poverty in Norway, and now Unicef has accused the country of not doing enough to help children and families since the finance crisis in 2008. The UN agency has ranked Norway as among the worst countries in Europe in addressing the problem.
State broadcaster NRK reported this week that Unicef placed Norway 35th out of 39 European countries. Norway is still one of the countries with the lowest child poverty rates, behind just Denmark, Slovenia, Finland and the Czech Republic, but family poverty had risen by 10 percent in 2021 while it fell more than 30 percent in Poland and Slovenia.
“Even though times have been steadily better in Norway, the authorities didn’t build up good social support measures to prepare us for a new crisis,” said Kristin Oudmayer, director of children’s rights for Unicef Norge. According to Unicef’s report, one out of eight children in Norway lived in relative povery between 2019 and 2021.