Norwegian officials have stated that their country is practically part of the EU by comparing themselves to the UK, reports the BBC.
Whether officials intended to complain about their country being too closely associated with the EU, or whether they intended to make a jibe at the fraying relationship between the body and the UK remains a mystery.
However, a report commissioned by the Norwegian government details that in 20 years of membership to the European Economic Area, Norway has grown closer to the EU.
In fact, the news agency reports that the country adopts almost 75 per cent of all EU legislation, something that has caused a few quibbles since it implies that policies could be adopted without the public being consulted. However, the report did note that the economic implications of being closely tied with the EU were generally positive.
Despite this noted growing relationship, Norway’s EU ties were powerless to stop the country running out of butter over the Christmas period. Low-carb, high-fat diets meant the country ran short of the dairy product. Since Norway was not an EU member state, imports from neighbouring nations were expensive and several had to go without the essential good over the holiday period.