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Norway is portrayed as both hero and villain in Europe's energy crisis

By Emily Rauhala

08 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Norway has replaced Russia as Europe’s biggest gas supplier—making it critical to the continent’s energy security. But as the Washington Post reports, some are accusing Norway of war profiteering.

STAVANGER, Norway - With natural gas scarce and pipelines in peril, Europe has rarely needed Norway more. Or resented it as much.

More than seven months into the war in Ukraine, the Scandinavian country is increasingly central to Europe's energy security. Norway, not Russia, is now the European Union's leading natural gas supplier. The explosions that damaged Russia's Nord Stream pipelines didn't lead to a supply crisis because the E.U. had cut its reliance on Russian gas and was celebrating a new pipeline from Norway to Poland the same week.

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