Norway has spent more than 32 billion on military operations abroad

31 percent of those who are cleared for military service this summer, are women.Oslo.The Norwegian military. Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix

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Since 1990, Norwegian participation in military operations abroad has cost just over NOK 32 billion, or just over NOK 1.6 billion a year.

This was confirmed by Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) after Red Alliance Leader , Bjørnar Moxnes, posed a written question about the matter just before Christmas.

According to Bakke-Jensen, the total expenditure for the period 1990-1988 is NOK 7.17 billion. From 1999–2019, Norway spent almost NOK 24.9 billion on international military operations.

Has gone down
The Armed Forces spent the most money in the period from 2000 to 2004. The operations in the Middle East, Bosnia / Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq cost a total of approximately NOK 7.7 billion.

Between 1995 and 1999, Norway spent almost 6 billion on operations in Lebanon, the Middle East and Bosnia.

In recent years, spending has fallen somewhat. From 2015 to 2019, just over NOK 3.3 billion was spent on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali, as well as other operations.

Exercise and operations
Expenses related to military overseas operations are calculated by including all expenses that would not have been incurred without deployment, Bakke-Jensen writes in the response.

– This includes in addition to the personnel’s military base salary, training and training in advance, costs of deployment including necessary infrastructure, as well as procurement, maintenance and possible replacement of mission-specific material, the answer states.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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