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Reduced fine in Norway for 'being Swedish'

The Local/jl · 8 Jan 2012, 13:56

Published: 08 Jan 2012 13:56 GMT+01:00

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Ulf Anders Andersson, 61, was driving a trailer for his Norwegian employer when he was pulled over by police.

They concluded the vehicle was a traffic hazard due to its shoddy brakes, and issued a 8,800 kronor fine on the spot, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported citing Norwegian paper Verdens Gang, VG.

However, Andersson then received a surprising letter saying the Norwegian police had taken the fact that he was Swedish into consideration, and therefore cut the fine in half "with regards of your income level," it read.

"I thank them for the rebate, but I find it very strange. I actually make more than my Norwegian colleagues since the Swedish krona is weak and I live in Sweden," he told VG.

"They should be able to figure that out."

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The Norwegian paper also spoke to Swedish football professional Daniel Nannskog to get a comment regarding the pitying of the "poor Swedes."

"That the Norwegians have oil and this and that and that the Swedes are the Polish of the Nordic is just for laughs, but a gap between us can't develop for real," he said.

The Local/jl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:50 January 8, 2012 by glenquagmaire
With Norway being so costly...i would agree if they assume "every one" from "any place" is poor.... I still wonder why this has become a news..??
17:06 January 8, 2012 by Dimukas
I was fined for bike driving rule violence - 500 SEK. In my country this is half month salary, Should I also demand compensation because I earn less than Sweede `?
17:36 January 8, 2012 by Abe L
Wonder if he'd gotten an additional discount had be in a gang. Or does that only work in Sweden?
07:47 January 9, 2012 by robban70226
It is all relative, they hve a bigger income but also have a big cost o living,, it a balances.
12:07 January 9, 2012 by shahislam
It reflects the respectful attitudes of the people in this part of the World!

It's an chance for Dumb politicians of religions to increase production and sell oil for cheaper prices through one on one cash dealings in the black market and global public will be benefited too. Forget about war. Million of dollars costing bombs and war machines, at the expense of financial sufferings of millions of Western public, have absolutely failed to kill just a single head such as Gaddafi's, or Bin Laden's or Saddam's in recent past. Nuclear threat is the same; effectively nothing more than a propaganda only to create fears for the idiots by the more idiots as dumb heads. Koreas, Pakistanis, Indians etc. make Nuke

stuffs and the public suffers from poverty.

There will be never ever be any real shortage of fuel for energy on earth; it's the production limitatation against demand and imposed by Billionaires in control of oil business industry, OPEC, Arab leagues etc.

The Mullahs as Iranian heads have recently got their heads totally malfunctioning by the support of some hedgehog-type newly become bouncing 'oil money rich unscrupulous businessmen' of Western origins from many parts of the world that include China, Russia, Switzerland, India, Saudi-Arabia, Brazil, Venezuella etc. These blind fools would be better off, by being friendly with America and with the flow of popular wishes of interconnected global young generation. God is now with humanitarian minded honest guys, therefore, no power can defeat humanitarian: America or United Notrh-America as long as under the leader-ship and adviser of totally honest and unselfish Honorable Mr. Barack Obama.
12:59 January 9, 2012 by Puffin
Some countries have an earnings related element to fines

Like the Swedish millionaire who was fined 195,000kr for doing 60kph in a 30 zone on Åland
13:50 January 9, 2012 by Åskar

So has Sweden.
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