Wednesday, January 26

Full commuter housing chaos in the Storting. A 12-year-old letter to Ropstad may have started it all.

Kjell Ingolf Ropstad first got yes, but then no when he applied for commuter housing in 2009. The Storting administration’s interpretation of the regulations has had major consequences, but should not have been communicated to politicians.

The Storting has 143 apartments in Oslo. Parliamentary politicians who live more than 40 kilometers from Oslo can stay in these for free. But the practice has led to a lot of noise this autumn.

Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) was elected to the Storting in 2009. At that time he was registered in the boys’ room in Agder, but lived in an apartment in the Old Town in Oslo. He owned it with his brother.

Nevertheless, he applied for free commuter housing from the Storting in the same city. He first got yes and managed to sign a contract. Then the administration turned around.

The 12-year-old decision may explain why there is now commuter housing chaos in the Storting.

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