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What's So Funny About $1 Trillion? The Norwegians Who Manage It

  • The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund gets its own sitcom
  • Show explores clash between high finance and social democracy
Thomas Gullestad, center, Elias Holmen Sørensen, left, and Kathrine Thorborg Johansen from “The Oil Fund”.

Thomas Gullestad, center, Elias Holmen Sørensen, left, and Kathrine Thorborg Johansen from “The Oil Fund”.

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It’s like “The Office,” but with a $1 trillion problem.

That’s how director Harald Zwart describes his new sitcom that takes place at Norway’s wealth fund. “The Oil Fund” revels in the clash between the opulence of high finance and the Nordic country’s culture of moderation and strict bureaucracy, but also brings in the debate of how to responsibly invest wealth amassed from decades of oil and gas production.