Here’s a brief update on the ‘human torch’ incident. I’ve had a look in the Norwegian newspapers, and according to VG.no the man in question is a Norwegian citizen originally from Tunisia. He arrived in Norway in the late 1980s and has apparently been living in Sweden for several years, where he also has several children.
The article goes on to say that the police in Norway have had dealings with him in the past, but only for minor stuff. It seems that there is no history of mental illness, but it appears that he’s struggled with a drug addiction for the last couple of years.
One of the things that could have triggered the incident is that NAV rejected his application for welfare benefits. He did write a letter in which he claimed that NAV had conspired against him before he set himself on fire.
Pretty weird stuff if you ask me.