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Norway prepares for change of government after eight years of Labour

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Norway prepares for change of government after eight years of Labour

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Eight years in power but Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg looks as if his days as prime minister are numbered.

Norwegians appeared to have punished him for failing to invest precious oil reserves in a better health system and infrastructure programmes..

Polls for the two-day general election give Stoltenberg’s Labour around 30 percent but that’s not enough against four opposition parties who campaigned to unseat the government.

The person tipped to be the next PM is Conservative Erna Solberg. Her party’s promises of tax cuts and smaller government appear to have gone down well with voters. But she will still need the other smaller parties to form a majority government.

With a flourishing offshore oil sector filling state coffers and boosting per capita GDP to 76,000 euros, Norway has enjoyed rare economic success even during Europe’s crisis.