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What will Change in Norway with the New Government?

After twelve days of government talks behind closed doors, Conservative Party and Pogress Party finally formed the government with the support of Christian Democrats and Liberals.

In return to external support of the latter two parties, four parties signed a binding agreement in certain policy areas. According to this aggreement, there will be some changes in certain policy areas in the country:

Immigration

The new government will introduce two types of reception centers ; integration will be prioritized for those who are waiting for municipality and return centers for individuals and families with a final rejection. The latter will be for foreigners who are placed in closed receptions, and there is no goal to integrate them into the Norwegian society.

Also the parties aggreed to have a more efficient visa processing and faster return of persons without legal residence, as well as criminals. The new government will moreover introduce mandatory Norwegian test and an examination in civics for anyone seeking Norwegian citizenship.

A controversial point of the new integration plan is more extensive DNA testing in connection with family reunification. On the other hand, Asylum children and their families can be eligible for a one-time amnesty. The childā€™s best interests shall weigh in cases where the child has lived in Norway for several years.

Transportation

All the four parties have agreed to better the failing infrastructure in Norway with more construction of roads and railways. A good news for the car owners is reduction of toll proportion in new road projects.

Taxation and Economy

Reduced wealth tax and inheritance tax are two priority points for the new government. Also, they aim to lower housing saving prerequisites for young people. 

One of the most radical changes in Norway with the new government is expected to happen in privatization. The government will foster increased privatization. Businesses will increasingly be owned by private operators .

Environment

Four parties promised to postpone oil drilling plans in Lofoten , VesterĆ„len and Senja until the next parliamentary term. However, an “environmental base / base oil spill” will be established in the region.

Also, renewable energy projects and climate agreement will be prioritized. Introduction of a tax credit for investments in energy  conservation in household will be introduced.

Foreign Policy

Norway will continue to be an active contributor to the United Nations , NATO, the Nordic Council and other international organizations. Also, the country will maintain is proactive High North policy. Norway will be more active in the EU through the EEA Agreement, while the country will have a “balanced” approach to the Middle East conflicts.

Education

RLE subject ( religion, philosophy and ethics ) will be replaced with KRLE subject ( Christianity , religion , philosophy and ethics ) at all schools. 

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