Opera may be the best browser because of its neat features. But even if they don’t share any user data with the Chinese government, what they probably won‘t do, I couldn’t use it with good conscience.
Its main investor and CEO are Chinese and from a country that not only devalues human rights and suppresses opposition. It also is an active supporter of Russia in its war against Ukraine.
So, do you really want to support a Chinese billionaire with contacts to Chinese leadership.
Opera may be headquartered in Oslo, but as it’s owned by Kunlun Tech from Bejing it’s not a European company in its proper sense.
The moment Kunlun would sell its shares to European or generally Western investors, so that they become owners by majority, I would gladly and proudly use it. So I hope that maybe EU or the US would ban Opera, if they don‘t dissolve from any Chinese influence and cyberwar against free and liberal democracies I won‘t use it as much as I like their actual outfit.