Norwegian prime minister goes undercover as a taxi driver in election PR stunt

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM   |   0 comments

Aug. 11 (UPI) -- It's hard to imagine that the U.S. Secret Service would allow Barack Obama to mix with Americans in the front seat of a cab, but Norway's prime minister felt it was the best way to get in touch with the public.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who faces stiff competition from Conservative opponents in an upcoming election, spent the day driving a taxi around Oslo.

"As prime minister it is important to listen to people's opinions," Stoltenberg says in the video. "And in taxis, people really say what they mean."

In the video, Stoltenberg drives a series of people around the city. When most people recognize him eventually, they chat about everything from politics to the best vacation beaches.

One elderly lady said she was planning to write him a letter -- but meeting him in a taxi was much more convenient.

"All these corporate leaders -- they shouldn't have such high salaries," she told the prime minister.

"It's hard putting an end to it," Stoltenberg replied from the driver's seat. "They push each other and compare wages."

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