After Siv Jensen, chair of Norway’s right-wing Progress Party, expressed fear that the country could become “Islamized,” (Lutheran) Church of Norway Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme joined the head of the Islamic Council in telling journalists that politicians should create reconciliation and understanding, not confrontation.
Kvarme also visited two Oslo mosques.
Norway also is dealing with some tension around a government ruling that female Muslim police may not wear hijabs (head scarves).
Norway’s population of 4.8 million is 83 percent Lutheran, with 83,600 Muslims.
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