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Norwegian prime minister fined for coronavirus-violating party

She gathered family members at a ski resort in Geilo, in central Norway, to celebrate her 60th birthday.
FILED - 15 October 2019, Berlin: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg attends a press conference. Solberg on Monday defended freedom of speech in her country after an anti-Islam rally at the weekend where pages were torn out of the Koran. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg attends a press conference. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa.
Norway's prime minister celebrated her 60th birthday with a little too much gusto, police said on Friday as they fined her 20,000 kroner (2,350 dollars) for violating pandemic restrictions on people at private events earlier this year.

The fine stems from a pair of celebrations linked to Solberg's 60th birthday at the end of February, for which she gathered family members at a ski resort in Geilo, in central Norway.

Police cited two incidents: one at a restaurant and one where the group gathered for sushi in a rented home. Solberg was not present at the restaurant due to an eye problem.

In each case, about 13-14 people gathered. But rules in place at the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus limited such gatherings to 10 people.

Solberg apologized

Solberg had already apologized for the incidents, after they first came to light.

"I should have known better," she told the broadcaster NRK at the time.

"Someone like me, who tells other people every day about infection protection should have known the rules better."

The comments prompted the police investigation.

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