Norway has adhered since 2001 to the UNIDROIT Convention on the Illicit Trade of Cultural Property and has passed legislation to reflect that posture.
When it comes to historical thefts dealing with one of the country’s darkest chapters—the Nazi occupation starting in Spring 1940--, Norway is mum and absent. Why?
In 1948, Norwegian institutions and private individuals had filed claims with the US authorities in occupied Germany which covered close to two thousand objects. The US military in charge of investigating claims pertaining to thefts of works and objects of art during the Second World War shut down those claims in June 1948. One of the more important claims stems from the National Gallery of Oslo, not for its own losses, but for the forced removable of more than 900 works of art consigned to its care by private individuals across Norway.
"Norwegian government" may mean either State institutions or the government on behalf of private owners. In that regard, NOR-6 and NOR-11 fit in that category.
Today, the country which went on record for prosecuting most vigorously those within its ranks who had collaborated with Quisling and his pro-Nazi acolytes has turned a blind eye on any attempt to recover items plundered from its territory to the point of sheer indifference. What’s up with that?