'The Scream' boosts Norwegian trade surplus
AFP | 15 Jun 2012, 14:45
The Norwegian Statistics Bureau SSB said the non-European Union country recorded a sharply higher trade surplus of 43.2 billion kroner ($7.1 billion) despite falling crude oil prices.
Exports were 15.5 percent higher in value owing to greater volumes of oil pumped from the country's huge North Sea reserves, while imports slipped by a modest 0.9 percent, the SSB data showed.
Exports got another boost from the record sale of "The Scream" in New York on May 3 for $119.9 million.
The painting is one of four versions of a work whose nightmarish central figure and lurid, swirling colours symbolized the existential angst and despair of the modern age.