Norwegian police said on Friday they fined Prime Minister Erna Solberg for breaking COVID-19 social distancing rules when holding a family reunion to celebrate his birthday.
The fine is 20,000 Norwegian kroner ($ 2,352), police chief Ole Saeverud told a press conference.
The two-term prime minister apologized last month for hosting an event to celebrate his 60th birthday with 13 members of his family at a hill station at the end of February, despite the government’s ban on events in which more than 10 people participated.
While police would not have issued fines in most of these cases, the prime minister has been at the forefront of the government’s work to impose restrictions, police said.
“Although the law is the same for all, not all are equal before the law,” Saeverud said, justifying the fine.
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