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2018 NorwayNorway. Following government negotiations at Jeløya which began after the New Year, the party leaders of Høyre, the Progress Party (FRP) and Venstre agreed to form a new government. For the past four years, the government has consisted of only the Right and populist FRP but ruled with the help of the Venstre and Christian People's Party (KRF). After the September 11, 2017 election, however, KRF announced that it would leave the formal cooperation with the government.

In mid-January, the new government was introduced, which meant that five new ministers were appointed while four were allowed to go. According to, Erna Solberg (Right) continued as prime minister, as did Siv Jensen (FRP), who remained as finance minister. Also in attendance were Ine Eriksen Søreide (Right) as Foreign Minister and Frank Bakke-Jensen (Right) as Minister of Defense. Åse Michaelsen (FRP) was appointed the country's first minister of seniority, and the leader of Venstre Trine Skei Grande was appointed new Minister of Culture. Høyre's Marit Berger Røsland was allowed to leave the post of Minister of Europe, while Sylvi Listhaug (FRP), in addition to the post of Minister of Immigration, also became Minister of Justice.

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However, Listhaug quickly got into the hot air after a Facebook post in March stating that "The Labor Party believes that the rights of terrorists are more important than the security of the nation." This prompted Prime Minister Solberg to go out and publicly apologize for the statement. The entire government, including Listhaug, was said to be behind the apology. But that wasn't enough. The Labor Party, Socialist Left Party, Center Party, Red and the Environment Party The Greens demanded a declaration of confidence in Listhaug. KRF did not have confidence in Listhaug, but doubted a distrust. Before a vote of no confidence, Sylvi Listhaug resigned March 20. A lack of confidence could have led to the resignation of Prime Minister Erna Solberg's government.

A new crisis came in the autumn. As part of reversing declining figures, KRF's party leader Knut Arild Hareide wanted to leave the collaboration with the government and instead join the red-green bloc. KRF has been a support party for the government since 2013 and leaving this cooperation could be a blow to the government. But at the national meeting in early November, members chose the blue option before the red one. Hareide had threatened to resign at a loss but did not. One of KRF's profile issues is abortion legislation, and as a consequence of the debacle - and to appease the party - Prime Minister Solberg promised to review the legislation and tighten it in KRF's spirit.

In May, 1,700 employees in the public service company NRK went on strike after negotiations between the trade union Norsk Journalistlag and the employer organization Spekter broke down. TV and radio broadcasts were down for eight days (even over the May 17 celebration). On May 23, a salary increase for journalists of 2.8% was agreed, skills development and short-term workers should be able to receive the same salary as permanent employees.

In June, the Storting voted in favor of a ban on burka and niqab or other clothing covering the face in teaching situations. This should apply to both teachers and pupils. The ban is introduced not only at pre-schools, schools and universities, but also at introductory courses for new arrivals. According to Minister of Knowledge and Integration Jan Tore Sanner (Høyre), this will "ensure open communication with children, pupils, students and newly arrived immigrants".

In June, the Norwegian state sold its remaining 37.8 million SAS shares, representing almost 10% of the airline. The sale was made at a price of SEK 17.25 per share and was part of the Norwegian state's attitude that you do not consider yourself a long-term owner of the airline. Sales brought in SEK 652 million - a small consolation given the SEK 15 billion that flows out of the country each year in connection with the Swedish border trade, especially since Norway at the turn of the year increased the sugar tax by 83%.

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