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The government's simple lack of diversity

Trøndelag has 8.7 per cent of the population in Norway, is our fourth largest city and has a large portion of our acreage and value creation. It is reasonable to expect that trønderne get a minister – a democratically elected government should, after all, mirror the population it represents.

"It is an arrogance towards the region which I had not expected of Erna's government," says ordførerkandidat in Trondheim, Ingrid Skjøtskift.

Historically, trønderne almost always been included in the government. There has, however, not the norwegians with an immigrant background, although they also are a big group. According to STATISTICS norway, 17 per cent of the Norwegian population are immigrants or Norwegian-born with foreign parents. In addition, around 5 per cent of the norwegians one foreign parent. He lived for had isolation been Norway's fifth largest city, right behind Trondheim.

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Norway was an early adopter with women in politics compared to others, but we are late with immigrants. Growing diversity notwithstanding, we have now received an expanded government without a single minister with an immigrant background. It is bedrøvelig, given that one-fifth of the norwegians may be said to have an immigrant background. And while trønderne races, then there is no taking the fight for a innvandrerstatsråd.

It is not much better further down in the hierarchy either. We have one state secretary and three political advisors with immigrant background – all with european ancestry. Only a handful of our 169 stortingsrepresentanter have an immigrant background. On the Prime minister's office has 2.5 per cent of the employees are from immigrant backgrounds, in the ministries of the rest, approx. 5 per cent .

Solberg, like other prime ministers before her, referred to that expertise, after all, is the most important. But it skorter the not on the prolific and talented politicians with an immigrant background. If expertise is the most important, constitutes also their background and experiences, a competence which today is missing, and that had been good – for example, in integreringspolitikken.

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Representation provides democracy, trust and legitimacy. That those with immigrant backgrounds are underrepresented among the visible politicians, can weaken their political engagement. In the parliamentary election in 2013 was the turnout to 51 per cent among Norwegian-born with immigrant parents and 80 per cent for the rest of the population. It is not unreasonable to assert that this hangs together.

We see all that regjeringskabaler is difficult. It should be taken into consideration to gender, geography, increasingly more regjeringspartier etc. That it is difficult to take into account today's diverse Norway, is still not a good enough reason to let be – and here lies the responsibility on all the political parties.

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