There was a time when the Norwegian Labour Party held a majority in Parliament all by itself. Latest poll results show it now holding just 21.3 percent of the vote, while the rival Conservatives surpassed it as the largest party in the country.
The poll, conducted last week by research bureau Norfakta for newspapers Klassekampen and Nationen, reinforced the new trend of political fragmentation in Norway with the Conservatives holding 22.8 percent of the vote and the once-small Center Party with 19.2 percent.
The Progress Party held just 10.1 percent while all the other parties were in the single digits with the Socialist Left (SV) largest at 7.7 percent. The left-center bloc continues to claim more voters than the current Conservatives-led coalition government which has held power since 2013.