iPad helps run Norway remotely, officially a productivity device

We’ve all read how the iPad is primarily a consumption device and that it’s not good for productivity, blah, blah, blah. Well, one prime minister stranded in a foreign airport has killed that myth by using an iPad to help run his country remotely.

Unable to return home from the U.S. nuclear summit due to the massive volcanic eruption in Iceland, Norway’s prime minister Jens Stoltenberg is making the best of the situation and relying on mobile technology to stay connected, including an iPad, which I assume he bought while here in New York. From CNN:

“It’s very normal for a PM to travel abroad so this is not different from the other travels, it’s just lasts some days more than expected. We have the internet, the mobile phone.

“I also use an iPad, which is excellent.”

There you go. A sky filled with ash and molten chunks of earth keeping you from returning home to manage your national government? There’s an app for that.

Hat tip to Gizmodo

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/statsministerenskontor/ / CC BY-ND 2.0

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com


  1. Meh

    This will be a big deal to everyone already sold on the iPad as a productivity device.

    This will be controversial, but in reality a PM or other high level executive is really a comnsumer of date, not a producer of data. Reading and briefly responding to emails, reviewing briefing papers, viewing power powerpoint point presentaions, etc. are all well within the capabilities of the iPad. Producing and editing those same items – no so much.

    The iPad is still a companion device. It this case, I am guessing that it is a companion divice to several staff members with high powered laptops and communication devices.

  2. Are you implying he couldn’t of done this with ANY other device besides the iPad? People really need to get out the denial stage already and get on with their lives.

    • That’s absurd. Any functional literate would recognize there’s no basis for such an inference. If there was, they would have pointed it out.

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