Forming a Norwegian government – no easy matter

Jens Stoltenberg's Second Government outside the Royal Palace in Oslo at the change of government October 17, 2005. Photo: Scanpix /

The future government in Norway faces several tough decisions including the size of welfare expenditure and whether oil and gas drilling should be allowed in sensitive areas off the north-western coast, writes Monster and Critics.

Over 3.5 million Norwegians are eligible to vote in the polls on Monday (September 14) to decide the composition of the 169-seat parliament.

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