Norwegians went to the polls on Sunday and re-elected the Centre-Left coalition government of Jens Stoltenberg. It was the country's second successive close election: Stoltenberg was elected in 2005 with a majority of just five seats, at a time when there were close elections all round the world, and he seems to have run it even closer this time, dropping one seat (although Stoltenberg's own Labour Party made gains at the expense of its coalition partner, the Socialist Left).

Norway is hardly a world player, so the fate of its government is probably not a matter of great importance unless you happen to be Norwegian. But what the election revealed about the state of Norway's Opposition is of much more general interest.