How the Norwegian Progress Party (FRP) is Protrayed in British Media

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As a result of months of intense campaigning across the 1500-mile long country, on September 9 last year, the election results were finally ready. The polls had already told the tale for weeks, but all the politicians knew that everything could happen on Election Day. However, the polls could not have been more correct. The reigning left-wing coalition, led by the country’s biggest party, Labour, had to leave office after eight years in the government building. The two most powerful women in Norwegian politics rose to the top; Erna Solberg - leader of the Conservative Party (Hoyre) and Siv Jensen - leader of the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, often shortened to FRP). The two leaders formed, as expected, a coalition
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The party would during the initial years only be know by Anders Lange’s Party before changing the name to Progress Party in 1977.

Even though the aging Anders Lange had negative views of Norway’s immigration policy, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the party really took a political stand in the immigration-discussion. When Lange died in 1974 the party needed a new leader that could fill the room left by the party’s founder. In 1977 the choice fell on the young, upcoming, 30-year-old Carl Ivar Hagen. Hagen would be the party’s leader though 28 years.

Carl I. Hagen would become a synonym with the Progress Party in the following 30 years. His ideologies were based around the same principles as Lange decided upon, but he had a much more conservative view on immigration, which he used to his advantage to gain votes. Immigration started to become an issue for right-wing supporters as immigrants and asylum-seekers came to the newly oil rich country during the 1980’s.

During the local election in 1987, Hagen and the Progress Party would for the first time state their political agenda against immigrants, Muslims in particular. Hagen read a letter during one of his last speeches before the Election Day, supposedly written by a Muslim immigrant named Mohammad Mustafa.

The letter stated: “To Carl I Hagen, Stortinget. From Mohammad Mustafa, Underhaugsveien 15, 0354, Oslo. 
Allah is Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet! You struggle

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