NAV scandal hits EØS expats hard

Expatriate workers in Norway who come from EU and European Economic Area (EØS) countries have also been hit hard by Norwegian welfare agency NAV’s misinterpretation of EU and EØS rules. Many of them have been wrongly stopped from traveling home when they’re sick or even to just visit family or attend a funeral, for fear […]

NAV’s welfare scandal expands

More than a thousand potential claims have already rolled into Norway’s embattled state welfare agency NAV, while state legal experts believe the actual number of wrongly convicted NAV clients has risen from 48 to at least 79. Prime Minister Erna Solberg stressed again over the weekend that the state will make up for its wrongdoing, […]

NAV scandal spoils prosecutor’s debut

Just as he took over his new high-ranking post as Norway’s state prosecutor, Jørn Sigurd Maurud had to declare a conflict of interest. He won’t be able to have anything to do with the legal aftermath of Norway’s biggest welfare and judicial scandal ever, since he lives with the Labour Party politician who was in […]

Government sorry for welfare scandal

Expectations were high when Norway’s government minister in charge of labour and social welfare strode to the podium in Parliament Tuesday morning. Anniken Hauglie responded by issuing an official apology to all those wrongly accused of swindling the welfare system, and she promised full compensation for their losses. Hauglie also promised a full external investigation […]

NAV scandal linked to EØS ignorance

As Norway wrestles with its biggest welfare scandal ever, legal experts claim that the real scandal extends far beyond state welfare agency NAV. They stress that it shows just how poorly Norwegian politicians, bureaucrats and prosecutors understand and interpret the European (EØS) regulations they’re supposed to follow, or what their consequences really are. “This is […]

Welfare scandal shakes a nation

NEWS ANALYSIS: It didn’t take Norwegian media outlets long to find and interview real victims of an unprecedented scandal that’s still unfolding at Norway’s state welfare agency NAV. As headlines like “I was viewed as a criminal” splashed over newspapers’ front pages on Wednesday, and women wrongly convicted of welfare fraud cried on national newscasts, […]

Welfare recipients wrongly convicted

Norway’s state welfare agency NAV has erred in its intepretation of how welfare payments can be received while residing abroad. Nearly 40 people have thus been wrongly convicted for alleged violations, leading to what one top commentator was calling a “scandal of major proportions.” The welfare payments include sick pay and unemployment benefits paid to […]

No more birth certificates

In their ongoing rush to digitalize nearly all state and local services, Norwegian authorities are no longer sending birth certificates when babies are born. New parents will only receive a digital confirmation of the new arrival on the Altinn website that’s used for most communication between citizens and public authorities. News bureau NTB reports that […]

Child welfare payments rise

For the first time in 23 years, parents of children up to the age of 16 will get a raise in the monthly welfare payments they all receive per child regardless of household income. The Norwegian government has raised the amount to NOK 1,054 (USD 124) per child, per month. The higher payments were a […]

Poverty grabs the political spotlight

There’s been a lot of talk lately about poverty in the world’s wealthiest country. It’s not the poverty that Norway’s huge foreign aid budget hopes to alleviate but rather a relative sort that still exists in Norway itself, and opposition politicians are highlighting it for all it’s worth. Debate climaxed this week with the release […]