Just days after voters in Norway delivered a decisive victory to the Labour Party, ousting Prime Minister Erna Solberg and returning the centre-left to power after eight years of Conservative rule, Labour leader Jonas Gahr Store met with officials from the Centre and Socialist Left parties to try to hammer out the terms for a governing coalition.

The three parties “want much of the same”, Gahr Store wrote in a 23 September Facebook post: a “fairer” Norway with less disparity of wealth; a stronger welfare state; a “more active” business policy that “takes advantage of the enormous opportunities” the country provides; and a rapid but just transition to green energy.