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  1. avatar Sosialisten

    Here in Norway the right wing does not seem to have much problem with calling themselves right wing. And there is still a party called “Right” (Høyre). I think people are more likely to think of Erna Solberg and Siv Jensen when they here the word “right wing” than of Hilter etc. the same way that I doubt the first thought of most poeple when they hear the word “left wing” is Stalin and Mao.

    Especially Høyre is also very fond of calling themselves bourgeois. The Liberals (Venstre) and the Christian People’s Party also use the term, but they might not be willing to accept that the Progress Party should be called bourgeois (they think it’s to populist), something the Progress Party wants to be concidered.

    I do not understand what you mean when you say that true agrarians do not care one second about the enviroment, while liberals have to. In Sweeden it seems to be opposite. The agrarians (Centerpartiet) have at least until very recently had more green credentials than the liberals (Folkpartiet), especially regarding nuclear power. And in Norway, both the the agrarians (Senterpartiet) certainly have more enviromentalist policies than for instance the Labour Party.

  2. avatar

    Yes, Norway is different. The question is then if Høyre really is so much to the right. The centre-periphery dimension is also very important. Equally, Fremskrittspartiet must attract other voters than the Danish People’s Party – otherwise Labour would have had no chances of winning the 2005 and 2009 elections.

    Agrarians – well, the Danish Venstre and the Swedish Centre Party are very, very different.

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