Norway’s new centre-right government faces tough coalition talks

Erna Solberg’s Conservatives and allies on course to win election – but now have to examine immigration and spending

Norway’s centre-right opposition, promising tax cuts and smaller government, is set to win Monday’s election, but faces tough talks on forming a coalition with a populist party that wants to spend more of the nation’s vast oil wealth.

The Conservatives, led by likely future prime minister Erna Solberg and three potential allies, were on course to collect 96 seats in parliament, 11 more than needed for a majority, leaving prime minister Jens Stoltenberg’s Labour and its allies with just 73 seats, government projections showed.

Norway has enjoyed rare economic success thanks to its booming offshore oil sector boosting per capita GDP to $100,000 (£64,000). But growth is slowing, the government’s record on critical social services is mixed and voters accuse Stoltenberg of wasting a once-in-a-lifetime economic boom.

“If all goes right, the Conservatives will reduce the public sector, stimulate growth within the private sector, increase exports, make us less dependent on the oil and gas industry and create new types of jobs in Norway,” said Oslo teacher Daniel Gaim, 37, who supported the government four years ago.

Labour could remain the biggest party in parliament with around 30% of the vote, exit polls showed, followed by the Conservatives with 26% and the populist, anti-immigration and anti-tax Progress party with 16%.


Norway’s main opposition leader, Erna Solberg is on course to lead a new centre-right government. Photograph: Ntb Scanpix/Reuters

3 replies

  1. The most obvious reason for this result is wish to see change. Norwegians were a bit bored to see same faces and policy for two tenures.

    Conservatives have extremely hard things to face now on. Much easier to claim and say than done. These conservative women had made a big noises and critics a typical feminine trait but lets see to how much extent they really succeed to implement their unrealistic wishes. Even if they do so somehow to an extent, consequences and outcomes could be totally unexpected and unusual because of Norwegians nature or perhaps irreparable if this rare and unique luxurious oil bounty also goes down for any reason, which has also spoiled their women.

    Less taxes and denationalization can easily result in social imbalance and financial concentration and it is quite viable in a country like Norway. So-called progress party (in fact a hardline Christian party) led by a women too, ran a anti-immigration campaign but also claimed an less oil dependent economy. I don’t how is it possible?

  2. continuing…
    I don’t know how is it possible?……… a country where birth rate among native women is already in minus and the growth rate if sustained it is because of immigrants.

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