ABSTRACT

Norwegian whaling policy has been one of the few areas where Norway has been at odds with all its traditional allies. Over the last two decades Norway has insisted on continuing to hunt whales commercially despite the international ban on the practice. Thereby the whaling issue stands out as a rare case in Norway's traditionally peaceful but also ambitious broker role on the international environmental scene. Domestically, however, all key actors have rallied in support of the official Norwegian whaling policy.