Norway’s prime minister busted playing Pokémon Go in parliament
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. © AP Photo/Seth Wenig Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
The initial frenzy for Pokémon Go has cooled off somewhat, but the addictive app’s devotees are still hard at work trying to catch ‘em all. And you know that a woman of true ambition—like, say, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg—won’t quit until she does.
Which may explain why the head of state was caught tossing PokéBalls during a debate in the Storting, Norway’s parliament.
Norwegian Priminister @erna_solberg playing #PokemonGO during debate. pic.twitter.com/0ZYwTVc6DW
— Erlend Wollan (@Wollan) October 5, 2016
The smartphone scandal comes just a few weeks after another the leader of Norway’s Liberal party was seen playing Pokémon Go in parliament herself. Guess becoming a PokéMaster is something of a bipartisan issue.
Den norske politiker Trine Skei Grande fangede lige en pokemon under en debat i Stortinget #pokemonGo#dkpolpic.twitter.com/t0nmAx1JFv
— Thorleif Ravnbak (@ThorleifRavnbak) August 25, 2016
One redditor notes that, according to rumor, „there is higher chance to find Porygon near government buildings, and specifically courts,” so maybe both women found they couldn’t pass up the chance to fill a critical gap in their Pokédex. In any case, they both laughed off the episodes, since Norway is apparently a chill place where politicians don’t scream at each other over nothing—and because Solberg happened to be playing while Grande herself was speaking to the legislature.
@eivindtraedal@erna_solberg hun hørte nok hva jeg sa 😉 vi damer klarer to ting samtidig veit du.
— Trine Skei Grande (@Trinesg) October 5, 2016
“She heard what I said, we ladies can do two things at the same time you know,” Grande tweeted, while Solberg commented, “I think that Trine will like that I opened the game while she was at the pulpit.”
Pokémon: bigger than politics.