Norway: Soldiers can wear kippot
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Norway: Soldiers can wear kippot

Jewish headcovering and Muslim headscarves join crucifixes, approved in the '80s, as acceptable attire

For the first time, the Norwegian army will allow soldiers to wear kippot. (Photo credit: Sophie Gordon/Flash90)
For the first time, the Norwegian army will allow soldiers to wear kippot. (Photo credit: Sophie Gordon/Flash90)

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway’s defense ministry says its armed forces have included religious clothing in their new dress code, including the Muslim headscarf and Jewish skullcap.

Spokesman Christian Oeverli said Thursday that the new rules will ensure that all units have an open, practical approach “concerning clothing with religious symbols.”

Norway has allowed the wearing of symbols — such as armbands and crosses — by its military since the 1980s, but the new rules establish when and how they can be used, including the banning of impractical clothing during military action.

The regulations also stipulate that headscarves and skullcaps be of a single color and without ornaments.

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