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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

No claps for you: Marketing director slams condom ad

An ad campaign branding Norway the "Land of Chlamydia" has been slapped down by tourist bosses.

The posters, which could easily be mistaken for those plastering the walls of airports, show crystal-blue fjords, snow-capped mountains, lush greenery and even a couple in traditional Norwegian dress.

Over the top, one reads: "Welcome to the land of the fjords. And Chlamydia."

Underneath, the fine print says: "Norway has one of the highest rates of chlamydia in Europe. Visiting from abroad? Make sure to protect yourself against the locals! Get your condoms at the nearest 7-Eleven."

The marketing wheeze, which The Local said was dreamt up by the convenience store in an attempt to educate – and apparently scare – visitors into safe sex, has not been welcomed by tourist board Visit Norway.

According to local newspaper Dagbladet, the group's marketing director Stein Ove Rolland complained that it "makes Norwegians seem like uncouth, lewd, sex-mad people".

He added: "This is not a good advert for Norway, and as a depiction of Norway and Norwegians it is a disaster."

However, the same paper found a sexual health NGO to offer up some balance. Tore Holte Follestad, assistant manager at Sex og Samfunn, pointed out that more than 26,000 cases of the disease were diagnosed in Norway in 2016, adding: "Norwegians are not good at using condoms."

So perhaps it's best for those visiting the Nordic land to be forewarned, so they can make sure they're also forearmed. ®


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