Norway govt says plans 2010 budget to secure jobs

OSLO, March 8 (Reuters) – The Norwegian government aims for a 2010 budget that secures jobs as its top priority and will funnel money into environmental protection, schools and roads to accomplish that, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday.

Norway’s $300 billion oil-exporting economy has fared better than many in the global turmoil, but activity is falling and unemployment is rising and the government has forecast the economy will slip into recession this year.

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