Norway chided on gender equality

OSLO, Norway, May 10 (UPI) -- Three officials involved with women's rights have asked Norway to integrate the U.N. Convention on gender discrimination into its laws.

Norway wants flag off German clothes

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Norweigian officials want to stop a German company from using the Norweigan flag on clothing sold to neo-Nazis.

Norway's Labor party back as leader

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Norway's Labor is back as the dominant party, ahead of the Progress party in the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, says a poll.

Norway lawmakers admit tax avoidance

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Norway's prime minister and 43 members of parliament have admitted to cheating the tax collector in one way or another.

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Norway's richest man no longer Norwegian

OSLO, Norway, May 11 (UPI) -- Norway's richest man has become a citizen of Cyprus, allowing him to avoid income tax for himself and inheritance tax for his daughters.

Progress party makes big gains

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Norway's rightist Party of Progress has emerged the second biggest winner in the elections with 37 seats in the 169-member parliament.

Latest poll good news for Norway's left

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A poll in Norway finds a sharp jump in the popularity of the Labor Party, suggesting a left-of-center coalition is likely to win the upcoming election.
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Jens Stoltenberg
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shakes hands with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference at Olmert's Residence in Jerusalem on December 20, 2006. (UPI Photo/David Blumenfeld/POOL)

 Jens Stoltenberg (help·info) (born 16 March 1959) is a Norwegian politician, leader of the Norwegian Labour Party and the current Prime Minister of Norway. Having assumed office on 17 October 2005, Stoltenberg previously served as Prime Minister from 2000 to 2001.

Having first been elected to Parliament in 1993 for the Oslo constituency, Stoltenberg served as State Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment from 1990 to 1991 and as Minister of Industry from 1993 to 1996 in the Third Brundtland Cabinet, respectively. Following the resignation of Brundtland in 1996, Thorbjørn Jagland was elected leader of the Labour Party and became Prime Minister, while Stoltenberg was appointed Minister of Finance, an office he held until 17 October 1997 when Jagland and the entire government resigned. While in parliamentary opposition, Stoltenberg served in the standing committees on energy affairs. Following a motion of confidence against the First Cabinet Bondevik, Stoltenberg was appointed Prime Minister on 3 March 2000, despite being deputy leader of the party, and not the party leader.

After poor results in the 2001 parliamentary election, and the subsequent fall of his government on 19 October of that same year, Stoltenberg successfully challenged Thorbjørn Jagland for the party leadership in 2002, and led the party to victory in the 2005 election by forming a Red-Green coalition government with the Centre Party (Sp) and the Socialist Left Party (SV). He was re-elected in 2009 for another term as Prime Minister of Norway.

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