Norway halts anti-begging law after international outcry

After Swedish and global criticism of Norway’s plans for law designed to punish people who give money to homeless people, the country’s opposition Centre Party decided not to back the proposal, meaning it will unlikely get passed over the border.

Photo: DarkB4Dawn/Creative Commons

Photo: DarkB4Dawn/Creative Commons

The Norwegian government announced on February 5 that it was scrapping plans to penalise begging after the opposition Centre Party decided not to back the proposal following strong international criticism of the plans.

The country’s right-wing government was forced to withdraw the proposal to slap fines and jail terms of up to one year on beggars and those who help them when the opposition Centre Party withdrew its support, meaning the result of any vote on measures was likely to fall short of a majority in parliament.

Read more: The Local Norway

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