Støre optimistic as coalition talks begin

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre will be eagerly heading for a hotel north of Oslo on Thursday with the Center- and Socialist Left (SV) party leaders. Both accepted his invitation to “exploratory talks” about forming a new left-center government, and Støre seems convinced “we share much more than that which divides us.” Together they’d […]

Politicians caught exploiting benefits

Norwegian voters’ longstanding confidence in their elected officials is being put to the test, just a week after the parliamentary election. Several Members of Parliament have been caught exploiting generous state benefits, none moreso than Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, who felt compelled to resign over the weekend as both a government minister and leader of the […]

Smooth transfer of power looms

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, leader of Norway’s Conservatives, was winning kudos this week for quickly congratulating Jonas Gahr Støre after his Labour Party won the most votes of any other party in Monday’s national election. He in turn thanked her publicly for leading the country for the past eight years, and then praised her leadership. […]

Small protest party wins seat in Parliament

A small party formed just a few months with the sole purpose of getting the state to build a hospital in the northern city of Alta managed to win a seat in Parliament in Monday’s election. The party’s founder was as surprised as anyone. Irene Ojala started gathering signatures for her prospective party, called Pasientfokus […]

NRK’s election ratings soared

More than a million Norwegians were glued to their televisions Monday night when both state broadcaster NRK and the national commercial station TV2 carried non-stop coverage of the parliamentary election and its results. NRK won the ratings battle hands down. Fully 949,000 viewers tuned in to NRK just from 9-11pm, when election returns started coming […]

Solberg to carry on in Parliament

Prime Minister Erna Solberg isn’t about to let the defeat of her Conservative Party in Monday’s election spoil her political plans or career. She formally “advised” King Harald V on Tuesday to contact Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre and ask him to form a new government, while she intends to remain leader of her […]

Norway turns left, Greens sidelined

Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre is set to become Norway’s prime minister, leading a new left-center government that aims to reduce social differences and cut emissions without dismantling the oil industry. The much-hyped Greens Party ended up winning less than 4 percent of the vote, meaning it won’t be the force in national […]

‘Privileged’ voters and ‘too many polls’

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Norwegian voters cast their ballots on Monday, they were reminded of just how privileged they are, no matter which side prevails in their national election. Both of the main prime minister candidates are generally well-regarded, have crisis management skills and are backed by one of the strongest national economies in the world. […]

Progress leader rides out storm

Few politicians in Norway have been put on the defensive during the recent election campaign more than Sylvi Listhaug, leader of the most conservative party in Parliament, Progress. She has rejected calls to disassociate her party from the most radical right-wing rhetoric in Norway, and lost voters in the process, only to see some return […]

Hatred, bullying soiled campaign

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg, her main Labour Party challenger Jonas Gahr Støre, other candidates and especially volunteer campaign workers were all subjected to ridicule, harassment and even hatred during this year’s parliamentary election campaign. Solberg and Støre chose to ignore much of it as the campaign wrapped up during the weekend. “Within just […]