Sep 11, 2017 @ 18:46

By: Agence France-Presse

Polling stations opened throughout oil-rich Norway on Monday for an election nail-biter that can resolve whether or not “the world’s happiest country” will probably be run by the outgoing rightwing coalition or the opposition for the subsequent 4 years.

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s coalition and the opposition led by Labour’s Jonas Gahr Store are neck-and-neck in the newest opinion polls.

An mixture of opinion polls signifies the 2 sides may very well be separated by only one seat in the 169-member parliament.

Editorialists have referred to as the legislative vote the “biggest election thriller in many decades” in the rich Scandinavian nation of 5.three million folks, named the happiest nation in the world in a revered UN report in March.

Polling stations opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) and can shut at 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), when the primary partial outcomes will probably be launched.

In energy since 2013, the coalition authorities, comprising Solberg’s Conservatives and the mildly populist anti-immigration Progress Party, has campaigned on a vow of continuity.

It has pledged to pursue additional tax cuts to bolster the economic system, which is recovering after the drop in crude costs since 2014.

Norway is Western Europe’s greatest oil producer.

Meanwhile, Store, a millionaire, has vowed to lift taxes for the richest, in a bid to strengthen Norwegians’ cherished welfare state and cut back inequalities in society.

“We need a change now because we are growing apart from each other,” the 57-year-old Labour chief mentioned after casting his poll already on Sunday, an choice supplied in quite a few municipalities.

More than a million of the three.76 million registered voters additionally solid their ballots early.

Solberg, a 56-year-old profession politician, is anticipated to vote round 10:30 am (0830 GMT) in her hometown of Bergen on the west coast.