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Goodbye Norway, hello Republikken Hålogaland

There is talk of secession by Norway's three most northerly counties plus Svalbard and Jan Mayen from Norway, as mapped below:


Not sure if they are after Bouvet Island, but then again no-one lives there.

The secessionists are co-ordinating via Facebook, and thus far has 6,793 members. (Log in required to see the details). There are three Hålogaland facebook groups, and none of the free translations engines have got me any closer to working out what the two smaller groups are up to.

And for why?: "It's clear that folks along the coast of this country believe that enough's enough," one of the party initiators, Håkon Winther, told iTromso.no".

And why is enough enough? Because they are "disappointed and angry that Tromsø lost support for its bid to host an expensive Winter Olympics in 2018". Yes, really.

A bit of rooting around suggests that a northern successor state would have a population in the region of 465,0000 (or 1.36 Boroughs of Croydon) and would lack any North Sea oil. The rest of Norway - Southway? - would have a population of 4.3 m, and lots of oil....

Anyway, considered opinion has it that this is not going to happen: "They can survive as a party for a long time, but they won't experience secession".

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Anonymous IanVisits said... 9:50 am

What is it with living in the north of a country which makes it have secessionist tendencies.

North of the UK, North of Norway, North of Italy, bits of the North of Spain etc.

Must be something in the water.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:01 am

Interesting point. Mind you, it was the South that wanted out in 1861.

I imagine it boils down to differnces in regional identity and / or resentment about funding most of the time.  



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