With a population of just 5.1 million people, the entire country of Norway contains 40% fewer people than does New York City alone. It’s not often that such a small country dominates global headlines — but last week, Norway did it.
Multiple news outlets reported last week that Norway’s parliament is cobbling together legislation to ban the sale of all gasoline-powered automobiles by 2025. If true, this would be an acceleration of a previously planned ban, sponsored by Norway’s Labor Party, which called for an end to the sale of gas- or diesel-powered cars by 2030. According to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, the country’s Democratic Party and Liberal Party are both on board with Labor’s proposed ban, while the more conservative Progress Party is at least considering the move.