Support The Moscow Times!

Norwegian Series on Fictional Russian Occupation Premieres to Record Ratings

The first episode of a fictional drama series depicting a Russian invasion of Norway was watched by 13 percent of the Norwegian population, the Gazeta.ru news outlet reported, citing Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

Around 633,000 people — and more than half of all Norwegians between 20 to 49 years old — tuned in to watch the first episode of the “Occupied” series on Sunday, the report said.

The statistics constitute a record for the show's broadcaster, TV2, NRK reported.

TV2 has sunk 90 million krone ($11 million) into the project, making it the most expensive Norwegian television series ever, according to NRK.

Critics have accused the television show of tapping into fears of Russian expansionism. In late August, the Russian Embassy in Oslo said the series would scare Norwegians “in the worst traditions of the Cold War,” the TASS news agency reported at the time.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more