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There are municipal elections coming up in three weeks and all the political parties (I think there were about ten of them) had information booths in the park in the old city area. I saw the Communist logo. This is the Norges Kommunistiske Parti which usually wins a couple seats in various cities. Today, the party's statement of principles explicitly acknowledges that the Soviet Union represented a violation of democratic principles and that the party has to take responsibility for its lack of criticism of these problems. Even though NKP did survive the collapse of the Soviet Union, inner turmoil, and particularly lack of recruitment amongst youth has since marginalized the party further.

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