Norway gets new government as voters make a forceful left turn

The Storting gets a new majority headed by the Social Democratic Party. (Atle Staalesen/The Independent Barents Observer)

A green shift was in the air, but a majority of Norwegians ultimately cast their votes for a center-left coalition headed by Social Democrat Jonas Gahr Støre. The new government will include strong anti-EU forces.

After eight years in power, Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Erna Solberg will move out of government offices and leave the reigns to a coalition headed by the Social Democrats.

New PM will be Jonas Gahr Støre, the politician that held the post as foreign minister in the government of Jens Stoltenberg in the years 2005-2013. He will most likely join forces with the Center Party, as well as the Socialist Left Party.

The Social Democratic Party became the biggest party in the election with about 26,5 percent. The Party will get 48 seats in the national parliament, the Storting. That is one less than in the 2017 election.

The biggest election winners are the Center Party and the far left Red Party. They got 13,6 percent (+3,3%) and 4,7 percent (+2,3%) respectively. The Socialist Left Party got 7,5 percent (+1,4%).

A green shift was expected in the vote, but the Green Party ultimately failed to make it across the 4 percent barrier needed for parliament representation. With the election results, Norway is likely to continue to drill for oil in its water despite the climate crisis and UN warning of catastrophe unless fossil fuels extraction comes to a halt.

Erna Solberg (pictured here in a file photo) leaves the government offices after eight years as prime minister. (Atle Staalesen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Outgoing Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Erna Solberg in a speech late Monday night congratulated Social Democrat leader Støre with the election victory. She also congratulated the Center Party and the Red Party for their major boost in voter support.

“In 2025, we will be back,” the party leader assured. Erna Solberg has been prime minister since 2013. Over the last 1,5 year she has headed a coalition of the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Peoples Party.

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Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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