Bø in Vesterålen wants to attract people by offering free kindergarten and 50,000 kroner per newborn child

BabyPhoto: Paul Kleiven / NTB
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Bø in Vesterålen is taking new steps to make living there more attractive. The local authorities want to give NOK 50,000 per newborn child and free kindergarten place.

“In the budget meeting in December, we will propose to stimulate having more babies in Bø, NOK 50,000 per newborn and one year of free kindergarten,” Mayor Sture Pedersen (H) said on Tuesday, according to the newspaper Bladet Vesterålen.

If the proposal is adopted, people will also receive an additional NOK 50,000 for both their second and third child and additional kindergarten benefits. 

“Some people will probably ask if we have enough kindergarten places in the Municipality. To that, I would say that if this can contribute to relocation and increased number of children, the solution must be to create more kindergarten places,” Pedersen said.

The Municipality has previously reduced the municipal wealth tax, which has led to several wealthy investors, including Bjørn Dæhlie and Rikard Storvestre, reportedly moving there. This has garnered strong criticism from, among others, the Labor Party (AP).

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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