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SVALBARD’S GOVERNOR NOW A MASTER OF POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS? Sysselmannen to become Sysselmester due to gender-neutral law – but is it, um, a bit of slave trading?


The “governor” of Svalbard will become the “master” of Svalbard as of next July 1 to fulfill a Norwegian law that all official titles be gender-neutral by next year – but in becoming what some see as a slave to the politically correct renaming craze did the government just submit to a different form of servitude?

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 5, 2015


Longyearbyen’s first local brewery seeks summer debut
Longyearbyen’s first-locally made beer should finally be available this summer after six years of struggling with everything from changing a law banning the manufacture of alcohol here to testing brew recipes, according to Robert Johansen, owner of Svalbard Bryggeri.