After the election on Monday, Labour and four other centre-left parties could swing to a combined majority of 100 seats, up from 81 currently. A minimum of 85 seats is required to win a majority in the 169-seat parliament.
Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Stoere could form a majority consisting of Labour, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left, and avoid having to work with the Marxist Red Party or the anti-oil Greens, Euractiv.com reports.
However, getting the rural-based Centre Party and the mostly urban Socialists to govern together could be difficult: these two parties have different views on issues from oil to taxes.
According to Euractiv.com, ruling in a minority could also be an option for Labour.