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Yearbook 2009

2009 NorwayNorway. According to countryaah, Norway was one of the countries in Europe that best survived the consequences of the international financial crisis. Oil revenues contributed to this. In January, the government decided to increase the use of oil revenues in the budget by more than NOK 16 billion for municipal grants, investments in infrastructure and efficiency in energy consumption. More than three billion was set aside for tax relief. Despite the stimulus in the economy, however, GDP was projected to decline by close to 2 percent during the year.

The fight for the autumn parliamentary elections characterized politics from the beginning of the year. The Progress Party played a key role in its capacity as the largest opposition party and with the ambition to lead a change of government. The party again took advantage of the immigration issue and increased its opinion following its speech about insidious Islamization of Norway and its harsh criticism of the Minister of Justice, who wanted to allow the headscarf for female police officers.

2009 Norway

In the early summer, a scandal broke out. The military intelligence service was suspected of illegally monitoring data traffic for both King Harald and the court and the government office. The Criminal Police launched an investigation, and the military security service later complained that employees opened the court's email.

During the summer, the Labor Party won success in public opinion, but the coalition parties Socialist Left Party and the Center Party lost ground. The position between the blocs was very even before the election, which according to analysts was decided by the bourgeois split on the government issue. The Progress Party expected to participate in a possible bourgeois government for the first time, and leader Siv Jensen also hoped to become prime minister. Left leader Lars Sponheim categorically rejected such cooperation and was supported by the Christian People's Party. Instead, both parties pointed to Høyrelaren Erna Solberg as suitable prime minister, and Solberg himself seemed hesitant to cooperate with the Progress Party as the closer the election approached.

In contrast to the bourgeois divide, the red-green government was a unified and tried-and-tested alternative, although there were contradictions in foreign policy and environmental issues. On election night, the position changed between the blocks until the victory finally stopped with the red-green government with 86 seats against 83 for the bourgeois.

The Labor Party went up 35.4 percent, winning three new seats and ending 64. The Center Party held the positions, while the Socialist Left Party made its worst choice so far, losing almost a third of its vote. On the bourgeois side, the Progress Party made its best choice to date with 22.9 percent of the vote and 41 seats. Høyre went ahead with a full seven seats, the Christian People's Party lost one, and Venstre made a disaster election, lost eight of its ten seats and remained at 3.9 percent of the vote. As a result, Venstres leader Lars Sponheim resigned. The turnout was 78.4 percent.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg formed a new red-green government, where the Labor Party's position was strengthened to twelve ministers and the Socialist Left Party weakened, among other things by the passing of the Finance Minister's post to the Labor Party's Sigbjørn Johnsen.

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