After the general election in Norway September 10, 2001, a new political platform had formed, and the three parties Høyre ("Right"), Kristelig Folkeparti ("Christian Folk Party") and Venstre ("Left") formed a government on October 19, 2001. The new Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik has earlier led a goverment consisting of Kristelig Folkeparti, Venstre and Senterpartiet ("The Centre Party"). When asked, Bondevik said that the most important tasks would be to join in the international work against terrorism, make the economy safer and expand the welfare society. Better family and environmental policies are also important for the new government.

The composition of the new government is as follows:

Statsminister                       (Prime Minister)                   Kjell Magne Bondevik (kr.f.), Møre og Romsdal
Utenriksminister                    (Foregin Minister)                 Jan Petersen (h), Akershus
Finansminister                      (Finance Minister)                 Per-Kristian Foss (h), Oslo
Forsvarsminister                    (Defence Minister)                 Kristin Krohn Devold (h), Oslo
Fiskeriminister                     (Fishery Minister)                 Svein Ludvigsen (h), Troms
Utdannings- og forskningsminister   (Education and Science Minister)   Kristin Clemet (h), Oslo
Kultur- og kirkeminister            (Culture and Church Minister)      Valgerd Svarstad Haugland (kr.f.), Akershus
Bistandsminister                    (Aid Minister)                     Hilde Frafjord Johnson (kr.f.), Rogaland
Landbruksminister                   (Agricultural Minister)            Lars Sponheim (v), Hordaland
Justisminister                      (Justice Minister)                 Odd Einar Dørum (v), Oslo
Samferdselsminister                 (Travel Minister)                  Torild Skogsholm (v), Oslo
Nærings- og handelsminister         (Commerce and Trade Minister)      Ansgar Gabrielsen (h), Vest-Agder
Kommunalminister                    (Communal Minister)                Erna Solberg (h), Hordaland
Miljøvernminister                   (Environmental Minister)           Børge Brende (h), Sør-Trøndelag
Olje- og energiminister             (Oil and Energy Minister)          Einar Steensnæs (kr.f.), Rogaland
Barne- og familieminister           (Child and Family Minister)        Laila Dåvøy (kr.f.), Hordaland
Sosialminister                      (Social Minister)                  Ingjerd Schou (h), Østfold
Arbeids- og administrasjonsminister (Work and Administration Minister) Victor D. Norman (h), Hordaland
Helseminister                       (Health Minister)                  Dagfinn Høybråten (kr.f.), Akershus

Results of election:

Ap.         24,3 %
H           21,3 %
SV          12,5 %
RV           1,2 %
Sp.          5,6 %
Kr.F.       12,4 %
V            3,9 %
Fr.P.       14,6 %
Kystpartiet  1,7 %
DPP          0,8 %
Source: Aftenposten (www.aftenposten.no)

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