Nosy Norwegians scan friends tax secrets

Every year, Norway’s tax authorities publish details about people’s income and wealth, and every year sifting through the data gets easier, reports BBC NEWS.

In what has become an annual ritual, the newspapers fill their pages with articles about the country’s highest earners, whether in politics, industry or in showbiz.

Many care more about how their own financial fortunes compare with those of their neighbours, friends and family, and again; nothing is secret.

Searching through the tax authorities’ database is easy. The websites of every self-respecting media organisation have their own search engines where typing in the first and the last name of anyone you know will produce detailed information.

Read the entire article written by Jorn Madslien on

Check Aftenposten’s taxlist (Skatteliste) here

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