Betting on politics: who will win Norway's general election?

Norway is due to go to the polls in a general election in a few months’ time. Matthew Partridge casts his eyes over the candidates and picks a favourite.

Norway is due to go to the polls in a general election in a few months’ time. With £2,009 matched on Betfair, punters expect Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre (pictured) to emerge triumphant, giving odds of 1.18 (84.7%) on him becoming the next PM. Sitting prime minister Erna Solberg is at 4.6 (21.7%) to remain in office. Punters also suggest Labour will come top of the polls, with Smarkets putting the party at 1.68 (59.5%) to get the most votes and the Conservatives at 2.26 (44.2%).

Although a Labour victory, in terms of both the number of votes and who ends up as prime minister, is more likely than not, neither is assured. Labour does have a small lead in the polls at the moment, but the two parties are almost neck and neck – the Conservatives were in front in the first few months of the year. With Norway’s vaccination programme finally picking up some steam, it’s possible Solberg’s poll rating could bounce back, causing the Conservatives to take the lead once more.

Norway’s complicated electoral system means that the composition of the next government will depend on the performance of the smaller parties. With major divisions between the left parties over Norway’s relationship with Europe, it’s possible Støre could be unable to form a government, even if Labour does end up with a viable route to power. I therefore suggest that you bet against Støre becoming prime minister at 1.39 – equivalent to betting on him not to become PM at 3.55 (28.1%).

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