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No Support for Opera at Norwegian Embassies

May 9, 2005

Recently, in one of the Opera newsgroups, an interesting question was raised. Which browser is used in the Norwegian embassies and consulates?

Opera, of course, is developed by a company in Norway called “Opera Software”.

You would think it would be safe to assume that a country’s embassies and consulates would make some effort to support companies based in their own country.

Norway’s foreign ministry, in fact, recommends that their embassies and consulates use Norwegian products, where possible.

I contacted their embassy in Washington as well as their consulate in New York, asking them which browser they use.

As of this time only the New York consulate responded. I spoke with Beate Christin Gran, the Information Officer at the consulate. Gran told me they use Internet Explorer (IE), as part of a “secure” web-package that they share with all the other Norwegian embassies and consulates around the world that has been decided by their head office in Norway.

“The Norwegian Foreign Ministry is encouraged”, said Gran “but not necessarily required, to use products, interior and art genuine to our cultural heritage to represent Norway in the best possible way. The Norwegian Embassies and Consulates General worldwide are frequently visited by prominent leaders and politicians and we acknowledge that this is an opportunity to showcase some of the most talented artists and designers from our country through our visual profile. However; it is not quite as extreme as flying in paint from Norway. The Norwegian Consulate General’s offices in New York, for one, has adapted to local standards quite well, and we buy our paint locally.”

I found this rather interesting that they don’t use Opera, a product made in their home country.

Where is the support for the home team? It’s not like they have to go through extreme circumstances to ship Opera from Norway.

Is it ignorance? Don’t they know Opera is based in Norway? With a population of 4.5 million, Norway is not that big of a country. In fact, Gran told me they are not familiar with Opera.

Norway, showcase to the world your home-grown product!

Give Opera 8 a try!

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  1. May 10, 2005 at 4:00 am

    I’m utterly prejudiced when it comes to the Norwegian government and their use of hired consultants. They ALWAYS tend to use firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Accenture. Craptastic consultancy companies which get money by using Microsoft products in the solutions they deliver. An example is the Web portal for delivering the tax report. All software selected are top-of-the-range ultra expensive Microsoft products. Obviously the thing broke down when all of Norway was delivering their tax reports.

    I’d be surprised if the Norwegian embassies do not use Dell computers with Microsoft software tailored by Accenture.

  2. mors
    July 2, 2005 at 2:41 am

    there’s still mouch work to be done. Opera will win. It’s the best browser.

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