November 29, 1994 |
In a move heavy with significance for both Norway and the drive toward a united Europe, Norwegians voting in a national referendum Monday narrowly rejected membership in the European Union. With 94% of the vote counted, Norwegians were saying "no" by a slim 52.6% to 47.4%. The result was virtually a repeat of a referendum held on the same issue 22 years ago.
September 11, 2001 |
Shunned by voters weary of high taxes in a nation rich from oil, the ruling Labor Party suffered its worst election showing in 77 years. With 98% of the vote counted, no party emerged with a majority in the legislature, setting off a scramble to forge alliances to possibly force the Labor government from power. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said he was prepared to remain in office until he could determine whether Labor's policies have support in parliament.
September 10, 1985
Prime Minister Kare Willoch's three-party coalition managed a one-seat victory over the leftist opposition in Norway's elections. It was the first time that a Conservative Party leader has won a second term as prime minister in this century. Willoch's coalition won 78 seats in the 157-seat Parliament to 77 for the alliance of three leftist parties led by Gro Harlem Brundtland's Labor Party. The two other seats were won by the anti-tax Progress Party.
July 28, 2011 |
The sandy-haired young man runs his finger over an orange wristband with the word "Utoya," a leftover ID bracelet from the Labor Party youth camp where 68 people, mostly teenage activists, were gunned down last week. "I can't take it off," Vegard Groslie Wennesland says softly, seated at a cafe in central Oslo where broken glass was still being cleared from the separate car bombing that terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik also admits to committing. Tragedy is transforming the lives of young Norwegians — and in many cases, such as that of the 27-year-old Workers' Youth League member, strengthening their resolve.