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Why doesn't Russia object to Norway's NATO membership?

Norway has been in NATO from day one. Norway and NATO As a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Norway has been an active participant in NATO since the signing of the North ...
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Is Norway in the Single Market?

Norway is in the Single Market for all practical intents. If you really want to quibble and grasp at straws, Norway is not technically in the European Single Market. It has access to and participates ...
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What would Norway have lost if they had joined the EU?

The common fisheries policy is a EU wide system for managing fish stocks in the waters around the EU. It intends to give all EU fishing fleets equal access to EU waters. If Norway were to join the EU ...
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Why isn't Norway a part of OPEC?

Short answer: Norway is a developed country. Longer answer: OPEC was developed as a way for under-developed economies with oil wealth to fight back against the power of multinational corporations ...
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Why doesn't Russia object to Norway's NATO membership?

Who says they don't? Of course, it's not on the same terms as for countries that aren't yet NATO members, but Russia objects to pretty much every NATO-related event in Norway, e.g. (you'll want to ...
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What are the exact transgression(s) that Norway is complaining about regarding Sweden's off-course rocket's recovery?

Apparently the Swedish informed the local authorities in Norway, in the area in question, and perhaps even the Norwegian armed forces directly, but somehow not the national government, in particular ...
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Is there an advantage in being a member of the EFTA, but not a member of the EU?

While the EFTA's history can be a little confusing, it's not quite right to think of it as an alternate EU with a different membership. First, the scope and level of economic integration of the EFTA ...
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What would Norway have lost if they had joined the EU?

Although the 'No' vote won the 1994 referendum in Norway it's worth looking at the actual voting figures. This shows that 47.8% were in favour of joining, and 52.2% were not. So the vote was very ...
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Why is a UN Security Council seat important to Canada?

The ten non-permanent seats of the UNSC are distributed on something like a regional basis, but there are elections between the regional candidates. That means getting elected validates the influence ...
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Why does Norway use the word "returned" instead of "elected"?

This is a use in British English. The MP is returned to Parliament. The official who organises the count of votes is the Returning Officer. In British English, "returned" is a synonym for "elected". ...
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What would Norway have lost if they had joined the EU?

One thing Norway would have lost is the sovereignty over its fisheries policies. It's not so much that the impact would have necessarily been negative on the economy as a whole but fisheries (very ...
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Why doesn't Russia object to Norway's NATO membership?

Others already outlined the key differences between Norway and Finland, both geographically, historically and also from a Russian perspective. I want to add the following. A local newspaper published ...
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Why were emergency responses so underwhelming in the 2011 attack in Norway?

Because the expenses to provide A transport helicopter. A backup pilot for the surveillance helicopter. A backup ferry. A small boat on the lake owned by the police. A backup security ...
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How can Norway have such a high public employment rate while keeping a low public spending?

GDP is the wrong denominator to use here. It's like calculating a company's operating costs as percentage of its revenue, while including proceeds from liquidation of assets as part that revenue. It's ...
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Is there an advantage in being a member of the EFTA, but not a member of the EU?

Is there a reason why the population is wary of Norway becoming a member of the much wider EU? The main opposing force to Norwegian EU membership is Senterpartiet, which is traditionally a farmers' ...
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(Why) did the EEA countries accept a guillotine clauses at a later date than the original Agreement?

The dates noted in the Wikipedia article are the dates of each country's accession to the Schengen area. These dates must represent a broadening in the scope of the guillotine clauses to reflect the ...
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Why were emergency responses so underwhelming in the 2011 attack in Norway?

The police in Norway did not expect a terrorist incident because such things were, and are, extremely uncommon in that country. Wikipedia lists three lethal terror attacks in recent decades. It is ...
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Is Norway in the Single Market?

Yes, Norway is indeed in the single market even when it's not in the European Union. They are part of the European Economic Area(EEA) which is specifically used mostly for economic bilateral ...
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Why does the EEA not include a customs union?

At least in the case of Norway there's quite a few things we prefer having our own customs on, separate from the EEA, for a couple of different reasons: Health We tax some products extra in an effort ...
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(Why) did the EEA countries accept a guillotine clauses at a later date than the original Agreement?

@phoog is correct that the original EEA also has sectorial guillotine albeit called "right of reservation". It was made more explicit in the Schengen extension. According to a 2012 report ...
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What happened to the proposal that Airbnb and similar businesses should report client data directly to the Norwegian Tax Administration?

I believe the answer is yes, though with the caveat that I am neither Norwegian nor a tax lawyer: Evidence 1: The proposal appears to have been acted on: On the official page for this proposal, the ...
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What are the criteria used by the Government Pension Fund of Norway to add a company to its excluded company list?

This appears to all be available on the websites you've linked to in your question. The Council's Activities page from the Council on Ethics website lists a number of criteria under which a company ...
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Being an EEC member, what will Norway gain and lose if it decides to join the EU?

What it would gain: A direct influence on EU policy (concretely that means a seat at the Council and a permanent representative but also a Commissioner, judges at the EU courts, EU civil servants, etc....
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Did Norway reduce Electric Car Incentives (Policy) because they were so costly?

This 2018 report by Ecofys und adelphi suggests that the original objective of the policy was to reach a certain market penetration and resulting network effects to kickstart electric vehicles. [A] ...
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Why is a UN Security Council seat important to Canada?

In an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail back in 2018, Roland Paris (an international affairs scholar and former foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) argued that a seat on the UN ...
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If an election uses proportional representation + levelling seats, is it possible to produce overhang seats?

Yes, it is possible if there are not enough leveling seats compared to the fixed seats. If a party receives more fixed seats (the seats directly awarded by each constituency) than it would be entitled ...
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If an election uses proportional representation + levelling seats, is it possible to produce overhang seats?

No, this is not possible. It is not possible to create overhang seats in the system used currently by Denmark, Sweden and Norway (among others). The way seats are allocated is in a strictly ...
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