For more than 200 years Norwegians have been able to see how much their fellow citizens earn and how much tax they pay. Overnight on a date in October, income tax returns are posted online, allowing neighbors and colleagues to peer into one another’s financial affairs.
However, since 2014, if you look up someone’s data, they will be sent an email notification informing them of the fact – with the exception of the Norwegian media.
There are other limits: the data only reveals your total income and your total tax paid. So if you have various sources of income, this isn’t broken down.
The thought of anyone being able to find out what you earn is enough to make many people uncomfortable, but for Norwegians it’s not unusual.