OSLO — The far-right-wing Progress Party, calling for fewer Third World immigrants, lower taxes and less bureaucracy, became Norway's third largest political force in local elections, near-complete returns showed today.
The Progress Party won 12.2% of the ballots cast Monday, up 6% from the 1983 local elections and up 8.5% from the 1985 parliamentary election, according to official projections.
The result was a blow to the leading opposition party, the Conservatives, which received 23.6% of the vote, down 6% from 1985.
Contrary to opinion polls, Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland's ruling Labor Party also suffered a setback. Labor won 36.2%, down 3% from the 1983 result and 4% below 1985.