Rikets tilstand

Rikets tilstand ("State of the Realm") was a Norwegian investigative documentary series that aired on TV 2 from 1999 to 2002.[1] The host was Gerhard Helskog, former host of Dokument 2.[1] The series premiered on 30 September 1999.[1]

Rikets tilstand
Investigative journalism
Created byGerhard Helskog
Country of originNorway
Original languageNorwegian
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes36
Original networkTV 2
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1999 (1999-09-30) –
December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11)
Related showsDokument 2

Rikets tilstand won a SKUP diploma and the Gullruten award for best documentary for the episode Norske jenter omskjæres (2000), about Norwegian Muslim girls being subjected to female genital mutilation with the secret approval of imams.[2][3]

The series became subject to a scandal in 2002 after an episode made unsubstantiated allegations of doping in the Norwegian national skiing team.[4] The series was also tarnished for sparking a moral panic following an episode in 2001 alleging the now-discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism.[5][6] Helskog was himself sued for libel (although eventually acquitted)[7] by Jan Simonsen, who claimed the series had directly resulted in him being expelled from the Progress Party.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Folkets tv-favoritter: Dokumentar". Se.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Gullruten". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 26 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Støtter omskjæring". TV 2 (in Norwegian). October 2000.
  4. ^ Aarre, Eivind (22 November 2002). "Helskog: - Vi har bommet grovt". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ Brekke, Bo (25 November 2002). "Medierikets tilstand". NRK (in Norwegian).
  6. ^ Westin, S (20 March 2002). "Postmoderne vaksinevegring". Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association (in Norwegian) (8).
  7. ^ Hanssen, Inge D. (30 January 2004). "Gerhard Helskog frifunnet". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
  8. ^ "- Helskog kostet meg Frp-medlemskapet". Side3 (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 26 November 2003.