Friday, May 28, 2010
From NRK here: Parliament today voted down a proposal from the Fremskrittspartiet (Progress Party) to ban the full burka in public areas as was done last month in Belgium. The actual proposal was that people wearing them should be denied public services, so not a bill that would ban them from being out in public. There doesn't seem to be anything new to the debate here either: one side says that it separates women from the rest of society while the other said that enacting a ban would simply shift the burden to the weakest party, the women who have to wear them.
One big difference between Belgium and Norway in this is that in Norway the Muslim population is still just in the 3-4% range, while Belgium is at 5 - 10% so in Norway it's still more of an academic issue.