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It is so-called expensive time, and many people almost find themselves paying off their shirts. The Støre government is in the process of sending parts of its own population back to the poorhouses of the past. The state of Norway or companies owned by the state take so much from Norwegian households that many find themselves standing with hat in hand and asking for alms from the same state in order to be able to pay.
In Sweden, the government has chosen to reduce the fees to protect households that are hard pressed. In Norway, the government chooses to increase the CO₂ tax by 25 per cent for diesel and 23 per cent for petrol as of 1 January 2024. The result for the Swedes was a drop in the price of fuel up to NOK 5 per liter in several places, while many Norwegians have to dig even deeper in the wallet.
Like Sweden, Norway should lower taxes and not increase them. Norwegian politicians must understand that the car is used out of necessity, and not as a good that can be opted out. For many, it’s not just about getting on a bus, finding a bike, or getting on your feet.
In a reality with a world championship in interest rate hikes and where increased consumption is blamed, it is hair-raising that the state, county councils and municipalities do not show any form of restraint.
Increased municipal taxes, more expensive collective fares, increased taxes from the government, an energy policy and a green project without management and consequence thinking, capital moving out of the country (the rich are to be taken), to name a few. The common denominator is that everything can be related to politics and public financial management.
Norwegian politicians and the policies they lead thus create a great deal of the price increase that increases your and my spending. The premium we get for paying what we have to and are required to pay is increased interest.