Initial results from the Norwegian general election put the Conservative-led centre-right coalition in the box seat and set to take power in the country.
Erna Solberg will now head a coalition as the new prime minister and must choose partners to form a government.
Her choices are 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. Breivik was once a member of the Progress Party.