74 per cent of North Norway ‘against EU’
Northern Norwegian ciies like Bodø are keen to remain outside the EU, according to a new poll. File photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix
Published: 12 Jul 2016 14:27 GMT+02:00
The poll, conducted by InFact on behalf of national broadcaster NRK and Avisa Nordland, shows that 74 per cent of respondents in northern Norway are against EU membership, while 13 per cent responded that they were unsure.
“I am against the EU. The way it has become, with so much bureaucracy, I don’t think that would be right for us. It’s time to rethink things,” Bodø resident Jan Møller told NRK.
There is a small difference between the individual counties in the northern part of the country, with 13.7 per cent in Nordland/Troms supporting membership compared to 15.9 per cent in Finnmark.
North Norway voted 28.6 per cent for and 71.4 per cent against EU membership in Norway’s 1994 referendum, compared to the nationwide result of 52.2 per cent against and 47.8 per cent for membership.
Norway’s rejection of EU membership but close links to the bloc through its membership in the European Economic Area (EEA) was often cited as a model Britain could follow in the lead up to the recent Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom.
Prime minister Erna Solberg recently stated that the British vote would not have any bearing on Norway’s EEA status.
Kjell Ingebrigtsen of the Norwegian Fisherman’s Association (Norges Fiskarlag) told NRK that he found it reassuring that the resonse to the poll was so convincing.
“We have so many advantages here in the north, particularly with regard to fishing, that we are better able to take advantage of independently,” said Ingebrigtsen.