Solberg struggles to retain authority

NEWS ANALYSIS: Last week she was speaking at the United Nations and rubbing elbows with other prime ministers and presidents from around the world. This week, back home in Norway, Erna Solberg was branded just before the formal opening of Parliament on Wednesday as a government leader without authority. Just keeping her government together will […]

Labour braces for new climate battle

Norway’s troubled Labour Party was licking its post-election wounds this week and bracing for the big new climate battle that lies ahead. The party remains split, as its youth organization calls for a halt to all new oil and gas exploration while its trade union confederations want to keep pumping up oil for as long […]

Chaos reigns over election results

Political chaos and uncertainty have replaced what seemed to have been clear victories for several government coalitions in cities all over Norway, not least in Oslo. Tough deal-making and political horse-trading can alter the initially perceived results of last week’s local election, as voters’ angry green tidal wave recedes. Negotiations for political control of Norwegian […]

Embattled Liberals come out swinging

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s small but feisty Liberal Party (Venstre) is delivering punches in all directions after losing even more voters in last week’s local elections. Leading the assault is Liberal MP Abid Raja, who’s lashed out at a government coalition partner and now even Prime Minister Erna Solberg, while some of his colleagues are challenging the party’s […]

Greens ran steering parties off the road

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s triumphant Greens Party (MDG) is suddenly posing a huge new challenge to the country’s two largest parties that have steered Norwegian government for years. As the chastened leaders of Labour and the Conservatives digest their heavy losses in this week’s local elections, both are being advised to take voters’ frustrations and climate concerns […]

Støre flew most, Greens least

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre logged the most flight miles during the recent local election campaigns around Norway while the Greens flew least of party leaders reporting their trips. Prime Minister Erna Solberg wouldn’t reveal how much she’s flown since the campaign kicked off officially in August. Even though only local officials were up […]

High voter turnout sends a message

Norwegians cast ballots in Monday’s local elections at a rate not seen for 28 years. Early and absentee voting also set new records, illustrating just how motivated Norwegians were to influence policy and set off the political change that the elections brought. The state elections directorate reported Tuesday that preliminary numbers indicate voter turnout of […]

Protest votes alter Norwegian politics

“The only answer is to be radical,” declared a triumphant Lan Marie Nguyen Berg after her flourishing Greens Party trounced Norway’s established parties not only in Oslo but all over the country as well. Monday’s local elections were an exercise in humility for Labour, the Conservatives and not least the Progress Party, as protest votes […]

Latest polls show Greens in the lead

Several public opinion polls released less than a week before Monday’s local elections in Norway show record-high voter support for the Greens Party (MDG/Miljøpartiet de Grønne), no longer just in Oslo but all over the country. Its support, along with that for a resurgent Center Party, comes at the expense of both Labour and the Conservatives, […]

State urges foreign residents to vote

Monday’s municipal and county elections in Norway are the only ones in which non-citizens can vote, as long as they have legal resident status. State election officials are making a special effort this year to encourage everyone with “immigrant backgrounds” to exercise their right to vote and participate in Norway’s democracy. The Norwegian Directorate of […]