Saturday 10/23/21
VOTING DAY

Social Democrats expected to beat conservatives in Norway elections

A change to the left would give Norway a government more in line with its Scandinavian neighbours Denmark, Sweden and Finland
22 July 2021, Norway, Oslo: Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg delivers a speech during a memorial service at Oslo Spektrum marking the 10th anniversary of the 2011 terror attacks in Norway. Photo: Fredrik Hagen//dpa
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg delivers a speech. Photo: Fredrik Hagen/dpa/File photo.

Norwegians head to the polls on Monday to vote for a new parliament, in what is likely to lead to a change of government after eight years under conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Polling suggests that the social democratic Labour Party could see a surge in support, meaning leader Jonas Gahr Store could replace Solberg.

A change to the left and away from the conservatives would give Norway a government more in line with its Scandinavian neighbours Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Some 3.9 million people are eligible to vote.

Monday is the official vote day, but polling stations were opened on Sunday, too, in almost half of all the towns nationwide.

Citizens were also able to vote even earlier than Sunday, an option taken up by some 1.65 million Norwegians, or more than 42 per cent of all eligible voters.

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