Norway is proposing a ban on the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing because it says it hinders communication between each others.
The ban, the first in Scandinavia, targets the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks, and would apply in nurseries, schools and universities.
However headscarves, hats and caps could continue to be worn.
Most parties support the bill, which is expected to pass next year.
"These clothes prevent good communication" Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement.
Interim Minister of Immigration and Integration Per Sandberg said being able to communicate with one another was a "fundamental value".
Local authorities in Norway can already ban the full-face veil in schools but there is no national policy.
Earlier this year a Muslim group, the Islamic Council of Norway, sparked controversy after hiring a communications officer who wore the niqab.
The Islamic Council - which had received government grants to improve interfaith dialogue - was criticized by the culture minister, Muslim MPs and other Muslim organisations.
It defended the move, saying Leyla Hasic was the best person for the job.
Norway Bans Burqa In Public Places4.55SEEKER Monday, 12 June 2017 Norway is proposing a ban on the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing because it says it hinders communication between ea...