The Declaration of Soria Moria
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The Soria Moria declaration is a Norwegian political statement forming the basis of Jens Stoltenberg's second and first government. The statement outlines the focus and priority of the so-called Red-Green Coalition government of Labour Party, the Centre Party and Socialist Left Party.
After the election victory on 12 September 2005, the three parties agreed to launch negotiations on government at the Soria Moria Hotel in Oslo. Negotiations began on 26 September and ended with a press conference on 13 November where the official government policy was presented. Soria Moria carries a reference to the famous Norwegian fairy tale about a poor lad's journey to the Soria Moria Castle, a Norwegian folk tale about a Shambhala like kingdom. On the way Halvor, the protagonist, have to fight a number of terrible trolls before conquering the heart of the princess of Soria Moria. The story ends with a fantastic wedding at the castle.
- Oil exploration in the Barents Sea,
- Norwegian agricultural conditions, including ongoing negotiations in the World Trade Organisation,
- Norwegian military participation in Afghanistan and Iraq; the declaration resulted in an apparent stop in Norwegian contributions to Operation Enduring Freedom, since these were seen as offensive operations without a UN mandate. Norway was instead to contribute to ISAF.
- organization of public hospitals,
- publicly funded school lunches,
- grades in school, and
- opportunity for gays to marry and be considered as adoptive parents.
- (in Norwegian) Plattform for regjeringssamarbeidet mellom Arbeiderpartiet, Sosialistisk Venstreparti og Senter partiet 2005-09
- (in Norwegian) Slik blir det rødgrønne Norge
- Pedersen, Frode Helmich (2012-05-24). "Espen Barth Eide eller kunsten å selge en krig. Ti år i Afghanistan: Barth Eide argumenterer aldri primært ut i fra sin egen forståelse av situasjonen, men selger først og fremst den til enhver tid gjeldende NATO-politikken" [Espen Barth Eide or the art of selling a war. Ten years in Afghanistan:Barth Eide never debates from out of his own understanding of the situation, but sells first and foremost the current NATO policies, when they turn up]. Dagbladet. pp. 64–65.
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