Sunday 23 October 2016

Norway's prime minister Erna Solberg caught playing Pokemon Go in parliament

Published 06/10/2016 | 08:13

Erna Solberg, Norway's prime minister, is a big Pokemon Go fan Credit: Reuters
Erna Solberg, Norway's prime minister, is a big Pokemon Go fan Credit: Reuters

Norway's politicians can't get enough of Pokemon Go.

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In August, Trine Skei Grande, the leader of Norway’s Liberal Party, was caught on camera playing the mobile phone game during a defence committee hearing.

Now, Erna Solberg, the prime minister, has been spotted paying more attention to Pokemon Go than a debate in parliament.

Not that the politician holding forth at the time minded too much, given it was Ms Grande herself.

"She heard what I said, we ladies can do two things at the same time you know," she tweeted.

Ms Solberg also said she didn't think Ms Grande would mind. “I think that Trine will like that I opened the game while she was at the pulpit,” she said, according to Norway’s TV2.

It is not the first time the 55-year-old leader has been caught trying to "catch 'em all". During a trip in Slovakia, she took a break from her official duties to hunt for Pokemon monsters in the Slovak capital's old town.

She told TV2 at the time that she was mainly trying to hatch eggs to get her hands on the rarest Pokémons, which requires some players to walk as much as 10 kilometres.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, that challenges users to find and catch Pokémon characters in their real world surroundings.

Its huge popularity led to a number of unintended consequences.  Four armed robbers in the US lured unsuspecting players to a remote car park to rob them, while in another incident a US player stumbled across a dead body.

Washington DC's Holocaust museum resorted to asking Pokémon Go players to leave the premises, and players in Bosnia have been warned about the dangers of venturing too far and stepping on landmines.

Players around the world have also been warned to take care crossing roads and not to play it while driving. In Japan, a woman died after being knocked down by a motorist who was reportedly playing the game.

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