The far-right nationalist group Soldiers of Odin made its first appearance in Norway on Saturday, as local media reported that a group of 14 men wearing black coats bearing the insignia of the Soldiers of Odin spent three hours walking the streets of Tonsberg in southern Norway.
The far-right group was founded in Finland on late 2015, and its members wear black jackets adorned with a symbol of a Viking and the Finnish flag.
The group known as a patriotic organization that fights for a white Finland, states that its patrols will scare away the Islamist intruders who cause insecurity and increase crime.The group started from the Finnish town of Kemi, which serves as a major crossing point for asylum seekers and gradually spread in other cities.
Few refugees granted asylum in Finland and Norway in 2015
Finland received about 32,000 asylum seekers in 2015, a leap from 3,600 in 2014. However, according to Reuters, the country has a relatively small immigrant community, with only around 6 percent of the population foreign-born in 2014 compared with a European Union average of 10 percent.
The same goes for Norway, as according to the British daily, The Guardian, some 31,000 people applied for asylum in Norway in 2015, of whom 18,431 people received the right to permanent residence and 7,825 were refused, including 500 children.