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« on: March 20, 2013, 09:54:53 pm »

Monarchy survives vote in Stortinget

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2013/03/20/monarchy-survives-vote-in-stortinget/#.UUoXO8ELcRQ.twitter

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Ulstein wrote that as many as 40 percent of the MPs in parliament are republican sympathizers but their party platforms all support the monarchy (except SV’s). They remain loyal, and the monarchy consistently survives attempts to phase it out despite the inherent paradox of its existence in a social welfare state like Norway. Norwegian politics promote egalitarianism and otherwise generally condemn what some call the “anachronistic” aspects of royalty, like wealth, privilege of birth and inheritance of power. The royals can also effectively be above the law, as seen in recent years when royal family members are exempted from zoning laws or even speed limits, such as the time the late King Olav pardoned his son, then-Crown Prince Harald, after he’d been caught driving too fast.
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 10:56:16 pm »

^ Thanks for posting this story Alexandrine I found it quite interesting to see how monarchy works elsewhere and was struck by the parallels with our own constitutional monarchy.

I think the road to a republic both here and (from reading this) and in Norway is a long and uncertain one but the notion is at odds with the idea of an egalitarian society whichever way you look at it.
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