Multi-billionaire Norwegian businessperson Olav Thon criticises what he views as working Norwegians’ poor work ethics.
He made his remark during a talk to students at the Norwegian School of Management in Bergen, citing the country’s sick leave rate falling during times of financial crisis but increasing when things were ok.
“When working to keep one’s life going becomes unnecessary, so does running to work should one feel a little pain in some place or other,” he stated.
Hotel chain owner Mr Thon also referred to the amount of people of welfare in Norway.
Speaking about the some 300,000 people on permanent disability benefit, he said he did not know whether “it could be a sign that we in Norway are really more ill than others [in other countries], or whether one’s description of people who are ill is roomier.”
Mr Thon is not the first to attack Norwegians’ working morale. Tommy Sharif, a self-made millionaire of Pakistani descent, claimed earlier this year Norwegian youths were slothful.
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