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Norway’s male and female footballers sign historic equal-pay agreement

Nordic women’s team will receive a pay rise of 2.5 million kroner; both sides will now be paid six million kroner (£541,823) each

Norwegian international footballers will now be paid the same wages thanks to an equal-pay agreement that was signed in December.

The women’s team will receive a pay rise of 2.5 million kroner (£225,651) meaning that both sides will now be paid six million kroner (£541,823) each, the Norwegian FA confirmed.

Norway’s male players agreed to take a wage cut to help achieve parity, with the £44,739 they previously received from commercial activities directed to the women’s team.

Prior to the new financial agreement, the women collectively earned £366,451 compared to the men’s £774,341– despite the fact the ladies have consistently achieved better results on the international stage.

The agreement was signed in December at the Norwegian Embassy in London by Norway’s men’s and women’s captains – Stefan Johansen and Maren Mjelde – and representatives of the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) and Norway’s players’ association (NISO).

“I am proud to be a Norwegian football player,” Norway captain Maren Mjelde said in a statement.

Pal Bjerketvedt, NFF’s Secretary General, said: “It is very positive that Norway is a pioneer.

“At the same time, this is a recognition for women’s football in general, and it’s amazing to see how much this means to the players and what enormous attention the issue has gained internationally.

“Players in the women’s team are increasingly being used in commercial contexts.”

Mona Juul, Norway’s ambassador to London, hoped the deal would inspire other associations.

“The agreement that guarantees equal pay for national teams is historic and important for Norwegian football,” she said.

“I hope that the agreement can also be internationally inspired and I am proud to host this opportunity.”

Pal Bjerketvedt, NFF’s Secretary General, said: “It is very positive that Norway is a pioneer.

“At the same time, this is a recognition for women’s football in general, and it’s amazing to see how much this means to the players and what enormous attention the issue has gained internationally.

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3 comments

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    that’s a great news, every country should take steps like this.

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