Pokemon Go-playing Norway politician is slammed

A senior Norwegian politician has been criticized for playing Pokemon Go on her smart phone during a parliamentary hearing about the country’s defense policy.

Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande was caught on camera during a foreign affairs and defense committee hearing catching a Pokemon – it was not immediately clear which one – after asking a question to a group of military experts.

“It is crucial that we take our responsibility in the NATO alliance and the Arctic seriously. We have been talking about very important things today,” Oeyvind Halleraker, the committee’s deputy leader told the daily VG, which first reported the story.

Grande’s antics follow reports that Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has also indulged in the craze during an official trip to Slovakia.

On Wednesday the Philippines became the latest country to ban it from government offices following similar decisions by Southeast Asian neighbors to limit the blockbuster smartphone game because of its impact on productivity.