Yup, HQ in Norway, but I still wonder why the Chinese would want to pay $600 million for a western browser. It is not like they lack to talent to create their own for the internal market. Perhaps it was just an investment, but with China you always have to question motives. Data gathering etc.
Also since posting in this thread before, I realised that the reason you cannot add quant etc (I am current trying out Swisscows for search, awful name but surprisingly good), is because the main source of income for browser companies in general is from having google as the default search engine. By Opera limiting available search engines, it funnels more people to google. Plus, I expect that by not allowing users to add alternatives, they can then negotiate with and get royalties from other search engines to let them on the list, like yahoo and bing, certainly amazon (lol duh). DDG are an interesting one, I just did some digging and yes, they do offer royalties. Ultimately, allowing users to add search engines would be trivial for Opera, therefore there must be a financial motivation to not allow it. I am sure this is it. Unfortunately, it will drive some people from the platform, but perhaps the thought is - what the hell, those users werent going to be making us money anyway? Which I can understand. But still, it does mean I'm gone, and not coming back :).