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No salary increases of Norwegian politicians

Neither Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik nor his fellow politicians in government will get a wage increase as of 2004.

The salary commission at Stortinget suggested that the wages should be frozen this year, and Stortinget stated that it will comply, according to the Norwegian financial news paper, Dagens Næringsliv.

The result is that the Prime Minster’s annual salary will remain at NOK 975,000 (USD 139,000), while the salary of cabin members will be frozen at its current level at NOK 800,000 (USD 114,000). Parliament members will continue to make NOK 545,000 (USD 77,800) annually.

However, Jørgen Kosmo, president of the Norwegian Storting, is the exception to the rule. His salary will increase NOK 300,000 (USD 42,800) as of January 1, 2004. The reason for the major increase in salary is that the Storting has decided that the president should have the same salary as the prime minister.

Gerd-Liv Valla, the head of the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions, is also subject to Stortinget’s decisions, which means that she will not get a salary increase this year either. However, Valla does not object. She has been one of the people who has urged business leaders to freeze their salaries in order to ensure a moderate salary increase in the years to come.

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