Flags are waving in the wind today. It is election for the Norwegian (and the Sami) Parliament today and an official day of celebration. I have not really thought of it as a day of celebration before. However, as I came to the polling station less than half an hour after opening this morning I was met by smiling faces from people who had already done their duty. Outside the entrance of the polling station had a few of the parties gathered for a last attempt to gain further votes. As I passed them - I had already made up my mind - I was greeted with a "Good Election!"
After giving my vote I felt quite pleased. I felt I had done my civil duty, and I actually thought that I am happy to be in a country with democratic rights and the free elections. This thought might have been encouraged by information on the forthcoming election in Afghanistan which I heard on the news this morning. But it really is a good thing.
Every vote counts this year. It is a close race and it is uncertain whether the red-green coalition or the conservative coalition will win. I hope this uncertainty will make more people vote.
The polling stations are open until eight o'clock this evening. Good Election!