Government jobs moved to the big cities

Geir PollestadOSLO. Geir Pollestad.Photo : Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

Over eight out of ten government jobs outside Oslo go to the big cities. Centre Party and Labor is critical and describe it as a large-scale centralization policy.

86 percent of government jobs that have been moved out of Oslo by the Solberg government has gone to great cities of Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø and Kristiansand, according to a survey given to Nationen by the  Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. This creates reactions.
– There is no doubt that it is a completely different attitude to what is counted as regional policy. While we moved things to Voss, regional policy for this government means moving them to Bergen,  parliamentary representative Geir Pollestad (Sp) says to the newspaper.
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The survey shows that Solberg government has moved or newly established 324 jobs outside Oslo. Corresponding figures for the coalition from 2009 to 2013 were , according to the Ministry, 200.
– We have questioned the government if they are engaging in  a large-scale centralization policy. These numbers show that that’s excactly what they are doing, says parliament Eirin Sunde (Ap).
She adds that centralization is going to be one of the key issues in next year’s election.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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