Norwegian Elections 2013: Analysis

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

In the 2009 elections, the sitting government managed to have a majority only two days over the course of the election year. But this happened to be on the days of the election. What is the likely outcome of this year’s campaign and election, and what are the implications for business?

On Wednesday 23rd January, members of the BNCC are invited to sit in on a lecture on the political situation in Norway, 8 months before the general election. From today’s polls, it seems likely that the election will result in a change of government. With the opposition currently well ahead the governmental coalition, the prospect is that Erna Solberg of the Conservative Party will be Prime Minister of Norway in October.

This spring, the political parties will conclude their manifestos for the campaign, and economic policies, health and welfare, schools and education, as well as infrastructure will likely dominate the campaign – once again. But other issues will also come in to play in debates, such as oil and energy, privatisation and tax cuts. And behind it all; some stakeholders and political parties want to discuss the nature of Norway’s relationship with the EU.

The lecture will be held by Mr. Torbjørn Sølsnæs and Mr Torbjørn Giæver Eriksen from First House. Sølsnæs was formerly Political Adviser in the Conservative Party’s Parliamentary Group for five years. He is today a member of the Conservative Party in Oslo, where he sits on the Programme Committee.

Giæver Eriksen has extensive communications experience from different levels in Norwegian politics, including six years as press spokesman for the Office of the Prime Minister. He has also been an adviser to Jens Stoltenberg at parliament and political adviser to former Finance Minister Karl Eirik Schjott-Pedersen.

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