Norway Prime Minister Poses as Taxi Driver In Campaign Stunt [Video]

Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg moonlights as a taxi driver in his campaign stunt.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has recently admitted that he is not among those democratically elected leaders are scared to mingle with the people.

The Norwegian prime minister even tried to do so, having dressed up as a taxi driver to spend an afternoon picking up people around the capital of the country.

However, the politician failed to stay incognito though. Almost all his passengers realized whom they pay for a ride, despite the sunglasses and uniform.

Most of them quite quicklyunderstood that there is something different about their driver, with one saying: “From this angle you really look like Stoltenberg.”

Still, from the short piece of video posted to YouTube it seems like lively discussions did emerge, even if the passengers knew who they were talking to, reports Slate. One elderly woman even confessed that she was very happy to saw the prime minister as she “wanted to send a letter.”

Mr Stoltenberg engages one passenger on education, saying: “The main point is to make sure good students have something to stretch for, and to give those who struggle extra help.”

An elderly woman, who also realized who was sitting on the driver’s place, urged the politician to do something about “the salaries of bosses” complaining “they should not make millions like that”.

A young man asked: “So, you agree with me on oil policy?’ to which the PM said: ‘No, the Socialist Party agrees with you on that.”

While alighting from the taxi, an elderly male passenger told him: “This has been nice… I will vote Labour.”

His exchanges with his passengers were captured on a hidden camera.

The footage – made in collaboration with an advertising company – has also been uploaded to the prime minister’s Facebook page and a shot film will be used in his campaign for re-election in September.

Mr Stoltenberg introduces the video telling viewers that his day in a taxi – when it happened back in June – would be ‘quite different than most Fridays.’

“It is important for me to hear what people really think,” he told Norwegian media. “And if there is one place people really say what they think about most things, it’s in the taxi.”
However, the politican admitted: “I’m pretty well known in Oslo, but I tend to sit in the back seat.”

The politician was fairly chriticized for his manner of driving, at one point jolting the car abruptly when, he revealed to reporters, he mistakenly applied the brake pedal on the automatic car, thinking it was the clutch.

He explained he had not driven in eight years.

The prime minister is quite popular in the country, but opinion polls show him lagging behind the opposition ahead of the upcoming election.

But when asked by local media whether he would consider becoming a taxi driver full time if he is not re-elected for his post, Mr Stoltenberg replied: “I think the country and the Norwegian taxi passengers are best served if I’m the prime minister and not a taxi driver.”

 

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