Glorious boycott gone belly up!

Wearing a crash helmet here now, still complying with ‘ealf & safety, even while I am rolling on the floor laughing out loud!

Lifted from miff.no, but also featured in Dagen, although surprisingly not very much reported in mainstream media:

Imports from Israel increased by 11 percent to a record level

The Norwegian imports from Israel rose more than the overall import from other countries. We bought Israeli goods for NOK 722 million in 2011, compared to NOK 653 million in 2010.

by Conrad Myrland

The general increase in Norwegian imports, ships and oilplatforms excluded, was 9.3 per cent from 2010 to 2011. Imports from Israel rose by 10.7 percent, according to figures presented by Statistics Norway.
Never before have imports from Israel have been greater. The previous peak year of 2008 is off by almost NOK 15 million.
Imports from Israel increased more than imports from the Nordic countries (6 %), EU (7.8 %), United States (8.1 %) and the OECD countries(9.6 %). It is slightly lower than the overall increase in imports from Africa(16.4 p%) and Asia (12 %).
Also the Norwegian exports to Israel rose from 588 million in 2010 to 622 millionkroner in 2011.
– It is very gratifying to see that trade with Israel is increasing, says Conrad Myrland, general manager of With Israel for Peace.
– Powerful forces in Norway are working for a boycott of Israel, but Israel has fortunately such strong and competitive goods that embargo supporters can’t manage to get the general population to rally behind the calls for boycott, says Myrland.

The Christian daily Dagen adds this information (by Ove Eikje)

I am not surprised by these numbers. The main reason is simply that we need electrical components, and they are largely made in Israel, says professor of economics, Ola H. Grytten in a comment.

The previous best level for Norwegian imports from Israel amounted to 707.3 million kroner in 2008.
The preliminary figures for the Norwegian foreign trade in 2011, which Dagen obtained from Statistics Norway show that Norway has imported vegetables and fruits from Israel for NOK 137 million. This is an increase of NOK 3 million compare to the year before. It is precisely this product category that has been especially targeted by the leftist boycott Israeli movement.

– The boycott of Israeli goods has never been successful. In addition, it has largely focused on vegetables and fruits, says Ola H. Grytten.
With regards to numbers for export,  Norway sold goods to Israel for NOK 622 million last year, a year on year improvement of 5.7 % compared to 2010.

Remind me to use the Norwegian Boycott Israel proponents for my next advertising campaign, they seem to really master the art of strategic communication.

  • Norwegian import from Israel per year in NOK
  • 1993      245.100.000

1994      288.600.000

1995      274.500.000

1996      317.800.000

1997      415.000.000

1998      440.000.000

1999      484.091.510

2000      474.206.029

2001      560.422.597

2002      489.689.235

2003      477.192.630

2004      494.180.000

2005      563.400.000

2006      649.500.000

2007      634.000.000

2008      707.300.000

2009      615.000.000

2010      653.000.000

2011      722.000.000

  • Norwegian exports to Israel per year in NOK

1993      789.700.000

1994      929.800.000

1995      845.900.000

1996      900.700.000

1997      368.700.000

1998      444.900.000

1999      546.051.607

2000      620.922.239

2001      626.614.021

2002      521.998.938

2003      509.545.414

2004      427.952.000

2005      429.000.000

2006      563.300.000

2007      449.000.000

2008      413.000.000

2009      530.000.000

2010      589.000.000

2011      622.000.000