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Yearbook 1996

1996 NorwayNorway. The dominant political event was that Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned in October after three terms as head of government and 15 years as leader of the Labor Party. She appeared during the year in discussions about who would become the new UN Secretary-General. New Prime Minister Thorbjørn Jagland. In connection with his accession on October 25, some refurnishing was carried out within the government. According to, seven new ministers were appointed; inter alia became the dean author Anne Holt Minister of Justice and the internationally known diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen planning minister with responsibility for future issues. Larsen's time in government, however, fell short. He was forced to resign just under a month after taking office, when a ten-year-old options business became the subject of a police investigation. Ten days later, the newly appointed oil minister, Grete Faremo, was forced to leave. Faremo's departure was a continuation of the spring turbulence, when Brundtland was accused of trivializing the so-called Lund Commission's report on the police's surveillance service, which until 1981 intercepted tens of thousands of Norwegian citizens in a survey of left-wing radicals. The report also revealed that the survey until 1971 was carried out in collaboration with the Labor Party. In the late autumn, it was discovered that during the course of the investigation, the Norwegian security service requested information from German colleagues about one of the Commission's members and what information the Commission was given. Grete Faremo, who during this time was Minister of Justice, took the consequences and resigned, together with Security Police Chief Hans Olav Østgaard.

1996 Norway

Environmental cooperation with the Russian Federation on the Barents Sea, despite great promises and personal visits by Yeltsin at the beginning of the year, was slow. The fact that a former captain of the Russian Navy, Aleksandr Nikitin, was imprisoned in February on charges of spying for his cooperation with the Norwegian environmental movement Bellona, delayed the work further. Fishing quotas were another topic that gained a lot of space during the year. Negotiations on the quotas broke down on several levels, and Norway was accused of raising their quotas at the expense of the neighbors. The internationally criticized Norwegian whaling caught an increase in catch quotas for 1997.

Economically, 1996 was a strong year. The state budget for the year was predicted a surplus of around SEK 40 billion. For the employees, the year meant the biggest pay rise in 20 years. Unemployment was falling from an already low 4%. To avoid an overheated market, the new Finance Minister Jens Stoltenberg, together with the government, presented a austerity package for 1997. According to the proposal, two-thirds of the state's oil income would be reserved in a special fund for future pension costs. The proposal, however, aroused protests from the municipal side, where cuts hit, among other things. childcare and schools greatly. It was argued that the rich state must contribute to the poor municipalities, which were bound by tax cuts in combination with rising spending.

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