I’ve been deliberately pretending not to notice the national elections (the somewhat conservative Norwegian paper Aftenposten has an English edition if you’re curious), because, well, I can’t vote though I’ve lived here for 25 years, no, I can’t vote unless I give up that possibility of maybe moving back to Australia one day. And if you’ve ever been in a situation where you have to choose between citizenships you know how hard that choice is. Especially knowing that more than half the countries in the world — including Australia, heck, including Sweden, Norway’s neighbour — are fine with dual citizenship, and, oh, also that there are tens of thousands of dual citizens in Norway anyway because a Norwegian citizen can be granted, say, Australian citizenship without any quibbles and keep both.
Not being a citizen of the country where I live is fine except on election day. And this year, amazingly the labour party and the socialist left are cooperating! Can you imagine!? So the traditional left majority in parliament might actually translate to a left wing government, instead of failed cooperation and a right/centre minority coalition!
Not that it’ll necessarily make much difference — which seems to be what people on buses explaining to their neighbours say is why they won’t vote.
But still: as Martin says: if you can, VOTE! Please. If nothing else just because I can’t. You have a few more hours left.