Bad news from Norway: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has communicated that its pension costs are NOK 60 million (€ 7,25 million) higher than estimated, forcing the orchestra to rigorously reduce its activities. Despite some substantial donations – such as the one offered by patrons Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber (€ 1 million) – the orchestra has a negative net worth of around € 5,5 million, and in 2013 recorded a deficit of € 0,35 million. Other Norwegian arts institutions also have severe problems with the pension system.

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