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The Ban on Skateboarding in Norway

 

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.

 

Thirty years have passed since the ban on skateboarding in Norway was lifted. The regulation on the prohibition of skating in Norway was introduced in 1978. It was illegal to introduce, sell and use skateboards. This was done, because it was believed that using skateboards increased accidents. In the spring of '89 it was decided to lift this prohibition, from that moment there was free access to recreational spaces for the use of skateboards.


Skateboard Ban in Norway

skateboarding was illegal in norway

In the mid-70s, skateboarding had already become popular almost everywhere in the world and Norway was no exception, however serious accidents were reported due to skateboarding which made it an illegal sport. Also the export and import of skate-related products was banned, being the only country in history where skateboarding has been completely banned.

 

 

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Forbidden Skate Spots

Despite the adversities, this did not discourage the skaters, and the skate scene constantly constant. This is because during the ten years that skateboarding was banned, young people began to look for ways to continue skating. For example, I know that they built ramps in forests and certain areas to avoid the police.


From Illegal to Idols

When the ban was lifted in 1989, interest exploded. Skaters went from being offenders to celebrities and youth idols. In January 2017, 28 years after the ban was lifted, Oslo finally affected its own personalized place for the currently well established sport. The Oslo Skate Show now stands out as the best custom-designed skatepark and one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe.


Skateboarding in Norway Today

oslo skatehall
Photo: Unknown for Oslo Skatehall

Now in Norway there are several skateparks, one of them is Oslo Skatehall with it's creative architectural design by Dark Arkitekter. The hall is made out of wood and aluminum and includes the morse code. Life for Norwegian skaters has not been easy, but over time it has been shown that skateboarding is not just a sport, it is a #LifeStyle and even if shit happens, we keep on moving forward.

 

Read also: Joakim Wang: Skateboarding During Prohibition in Norway

Read also: Skateboarding Is Not a Crime: Rebel Culture and Revolution

 

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