A group calling itself 'Soldiers of Odin' that has caused concerns in Finland with its anti-immigrant stance has now patrolled Norwegian streets for the very first time.

On Saturday night, a group of 14 men wearing black coats bearing the insignia of the Soldiers of Odin spent three hours walking the streets of Tønsberg in southern Norway. This marked the first appearance in Norway of the self-proclaimed 'patriot' group that has been at the centre of controversy in Finland.

Named after the Norse god, the Soldiers of Odin have been active in Finland since late 2015, patrolling public streets of Kemi, some 30km from the border town of Tornio, which serves as a major crossing point for asylum seekers.

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