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31 January 2018
The Norwegian parliament will vote for a proposal continuing restrictions against stores trading on Sundays.
Opposition parties including the agrarian Centre Party, the Socialist Left and Labour, along with the Christian Democrats, propose keeping Sunday trade limits in place.
The proposal will be voted through by the parties on Wednesday, reports NRK.
"This will stop the government from wasting time on working on ideas for more Sunday trading. That's good," Centre Party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum told the broadcaster.
"The Conservatives, Progress and Liberal parties [government coalition parties, ed.] again and again try to force people to work on Sundays. People want to take Sundays off," Vedum continued.
The opposition plus the Christian Democrats will vote to continue Norway's public holiday protection law (helligdagsfredsloven), thereby limiting the number of people needed to work on Sundays.
"We want people to work as little as possible on Sundays," Vedum said to NRK, adding that while he respected those working in the emergency services on Sundays, he was against more people working in shops on the traditional day of rest.
"Let Sunday be the exception, so people can go to the football, be with their families, go to church, or do nothing and just relax," he said.
Norway's public holiday law currently means many retailers are required to remain closed on Sundays, as well as public holidays like the Christmas and Easter holidays.