Norway parliamentary elections

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Norway holds parliamentary elections on Sept. 11 to decide whether the ruling right-wing government should stay in power or be replaced by a Labour-led centre-left coalition.
The outcome remains too close to call, opinion polls show, and any of five smaller parties could ultimately emerge as kingmakers in post-election negotiations.
Consult the list of political parties: 
Plans tax hikes for the wealthy and high earners, while spending less cash from sovereign wealth fund. Seeks to boost employment and to train those who risk dropping out of work force. Advocates some limitations on oil industry exploration. Was last in power 2005-2013
2013 election result: 30.8% 
Leader: Jonas Gahr Stoere
In power since 2013 as senior partner of right-wing coalition. Campaigns for tax cuts, school spending, better health care and a pro-business agenda that includes oil drilling. Argues spending from sovereign wealth fund must be contained even as it presided over record spending in recent years
2013 election result: 26.8% 
Leader: Erna Solberg
Right-wing anti-tax, anti-immigration party, favours spending more money from Norway's sovereign wealth fund. In power since 2013 as junior member of ruling coalition
2013 election result: 16.3% 
Leader: Siv Jensen
Pro-familiy and foreign aid, promotes Christian values and is anti-abortion. Supports ruling right-wing coalition government but is not part of it. Has indicated it could shift its allegiance to Labour
2013 election result: 5.6% 
Leader: Knut Arild Hareide
Anti-EU, pro-farm-subsidies party with strong rural support, favours culling wolves and other animals preying on livestock. Campaigns for a Labour-led government
2013 election result: 5.5% 
Leader: Trygve Slagsvold Vedum
Center-right party seeking to boost education spending, protect the environment; courts small-business voters. Supports ruling right-wing coalition government but is not part of it
2013 election result: 5.2% 
Leader: Trine Skei Grande
Advocates higher taxes and greater public spending to help reduce the difference between rich and poor. Seeks to scale back Norway's oil industry to fight climate change. Opposes NATO and EU membership
2013 election result: 4.1% 
Leader: Audun Lysbakken
Advocates climate-friendly policies; seeks to shut down Norway's oil and gas industry within 15 years. Could hold the keys to power, but declines to say if it would back a left-wing or right-wing government
2013 election result: 2.8% 
Leader: Rasmus Hansson; Une Aina Bastholm
Marxist-inspired, anti-NATO party seeking to promote social justice, feminism and the environment. No seats in current parliament
2013 election result: 1.1% 
Leader: Bjoernar Moxnes