Preliminary results from the Norwegian general election put the Conservative led centre-right coalition in the box seat to take power in the country for the first time since 2005.
Erna Solberg now looks set to head a coalition and must choose between, the anti-immigration Progress Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats, or all three.
Solberg ran a campaign promising more available private health care and tax cuts.
Despite a strong economy and low unemployment the country chose not to endorse the centre-left coalition led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
Political commentators in Norway believe Stoltenberg is a victim of being in power too long.
It is the first parliamentary election since Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people on Utoya island. Three of the survivors are seeking office in the election.