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Norway votes in tight election contest

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Norway votes in tight election contest


It is an election that is too close to call. Norwegians are going to the ballot box in a poll dominated by the question of how extra cash from record oil prices should be spent.

The centre-right government of Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who leads a three party coalition, is calling for lower taxes and welfare reforms. The rival three-party grouping, known as the Red Green alliance, is led by the former Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. His election stance has been to use the boost in income for the world’s third largest crude oil exporter on extra welfare spending. He has promised to spend money on job creation, the elderly and education. Prime Minister Bondevik claims the opposition would put at risk an economic upturn in the country, which a UN survey has rated as the best place in the world to live. Foreign policy has not been a top issue in these elections, but observers say Norway looks like it will stay out of the European Union, whoever wins.
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