11:18 GMT09 May 2021
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    Norway's royal family has traditionally enjoyed popular support, but calls for its abolition have been heard every now and then ever since the 60s and "flower people"; leftists are particularly opposed to the throne. Last week, an editorial in Stavanger Aftenblad called for a "constitutional evolution" to put an end to Norway's monarchy.

    "Norway should have a principled debate on whether the monarchy is needed at all and not just sweep the issue under the rug because "we have such a cozy little royal family," argued the newspaper.

    Family photo of the Norwegian Royal family
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    According to the newspaper, despite the fact that several proposals to amend Norway's current form of government have failed over the years, a new generation of younger MPs who desire change is emerging.

    "The reality is that there is a generation of young MPs who regard all this as a matter of principle. They believe it is time for Norway to have a head of state who does not actually inherit the title," the newspaper wrote.

    The newspaper's editorial board said that the next proposal to amend the constitution should be followed up by a special committee summoned to present an outline of the Norwegian republic, "how the president should be elected, which powers she should have and so on."

    Stockholm metro train on a metro bridge.
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    Remarkably, the call to end the monarchy came just shortly before Norway celebrated National Day on May 17. Stavanger Aftenblad said that future observances of the holiday should not be in danger, at the same time arguing that "the sun is now setting on the monarchy."

    In April, Norwegian MP Hadia Tajik raised a media storm and became a target of racist critics after admitting she agreed with 80 percent of her fellow young Labor Party MPs that Norway's monarchy should be abolished in favor of a republic.

    "Even though we have a brilliant royal house, for which I have great respect, my feeling is that such positions shouldn't be passed on through inheritance," Tajik told the tabloid Verdens Gang.

    Last year, lawyer and writer Anne Holt stated that the monarchy was a golden prison for the royal family and asked that they be freed from captivity, Aftenbladet reported.

    However, recent figures show that the majority of Norwegians are loyal to their king, cementing Norway's reputation as a successful example of a popular monarchy in Europe. Earlier this year, a survey on monarchy TNS Gallup performed for the television channel TV2 indicated that the monarchy is strong in Norway. Two out of three asked (or 67.1 percent) were in favor of preserving the monarchy, while 32.9 percent answered that they would opt for a republican form of government.

    Norway is unique in that it is both a relatively young country, having gained independence from Sweden in 1905, and a constitutional monarchy.

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