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Head of State

Prime Minister

Harald V of Norway

Erna Solberg (Conservative Party, since 2013)

Population 5,165,800
Size 385,178 km2 (239,338 sq mi)
Next legislative election 2021
Last meeting with Theresa May 6 June 2018
Relationship with UK As Brexit talks are ongoing, Norway will want to defend its interests, particularly in terms of the impact on Brexit as a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Trade between the UK and Norway is worth around 300 billion Nok a year. Britain is the third largest market for Norwegian seafood and the largest importer of Norwegian oil and gas.
What Ms Solberg said on Brexit 8 July 2016

There “won’t be any bilateral agreements between Norway and Britain before a solution is in place with the EU.”

European Affairs Minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker on 9 August 2016

“It’s not certain that it would be a good idea to let a big country into this organisation (EFTA). It would shift the balance, which is not necessarily in Norway’s interests.”

5 January 2017

“I fear a very hard Brexit, but I hope we will find a better solution.”

EU Affairs Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen on 18 January  2017

“Britain alone would have a difficult task to get as good a deal as Norway has today.”

28 November 2018

“To find a good agreement is important for all European countries and I hope that we will see an orderly deal that doesn’t disrupt economic affairs in Europe”

Norway’s priorities Norway held its general election on 11 September 2017. Erna Solberg’s Conservatives, along with their coalition partner the Progress Party (FRP) and two other centre-right allies, have secured a majority of 89 seats in the 169-seat parliament, making them able to continue to govern.

This Government’s priorities are to lower taxes and diversify the economy away from oil revenue, which decreased significantly when oil prices crashed in 2014. The Government wants to boost international competitiveness through privatisation and ensure free public health care and education.

Support has surged for anti-EU Center Party, which wants to change the European Economic Area agreement that gives Norway access to the EU’s single market.

This right-wing Government also seeks to reduce immigration.

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