Monday, September 9, 2013

Norway Elects New Center-Right Government

Viking, August 2013
If you've been following the latest election news, you know that Norwegians will soon have a new government. A center-right coalition, led by Erna Solberg of the Conservative (Høyre) party, is expected to form a government with the Progress (Fremskritt) party, the Liberal (Vestre) party, and the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkeparti). While current prime minister Jen's Stoltenberg's Labor party (Arbeiderpartiet) still managed to receive the most votes in today's election, the party failed to hang on to its governing power, due to the weak showing by Labor's coalition partners, the Socialist Left party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti) and the Center party (Senterpartiet).

Want to learn more? You can read more about the election results in English at And Norwegian newspaper has one of the best election infographics I've seen on its homepage. Finally, if you're looking for some background information on the election, including the basic platforms of the major parties, be sure to read our election guide, "Viking Goes to the Polls," in the August issue of Viking.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. 

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