With all votes counted, Labor and its two left allies – the Socialist Left and the Center Eurosceptic Party – hold a majority in Norway’s Stortinget assembly and look likely to end eight years of Tory rule.
With all votes now counted, the Labor Party and its two left allies – the Socialist Left and the Eurosceptic Center Party – have won 100 seats out of the 169 seats in the Stortinget assembly, while the current government would get 68. The last seat goes to a health-focused protest party in northern Norway, Pasientfokus.
The outgoing assembly was at 88-81 in favor of the center-right led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who was ousted after two four-year terms. His party also suffered a huge loss – nine seats.
Monday’s result means the five Nordic countries currently have left-wing governments.
Labor leader Jonas Gahr Stoere said he would start talks with Norway’s third largest group, the Center Party, and its leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum. This party achieved the largest gain and won nine seats. Gahr Stoere will also meet with the media later as Solberg hosts a press conference to discuss the election result.
Any post-election bargaining is likely to be heavy for the Labor Party and Gahr Stoere. The socialist left will not offer its support lightly and the Center Party is also demanding a more aggressive approach to switch to renewables.
Gahr Stoere, who is set to become prime minister, is a 61-year-old former civil servant. He also owns a large part of the family business and most of his fortune comes from the sale in 1977 of a Norwegian company that made stoves and fireplaces from cast iron.
Gahr Stoere was also Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2013 under the leadership of then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. He took over the reins of the party when Stoltenberg became NATO Secretary General.
Almost 3.9 million Norwegians were eligible and more than 1.6 million of them voted early, according to the Norwegian Election Commission. The turnout was 76.5%, compared to over 78% the last time.