Attitudes towards the 2022 Oslo Winter Olympics have turned over the past few weeks, according to recent polls.
Oslo residents were given the mandate to vote on whether or not the 2022 Winter Olympics should be hosted by the capital city durinf this year’s elections, with 43.6 percent of people voting against and 53.5 percent voting for.
Earlier last week, Infact Norge conducted their second survey that clearly showed an opinion shift among Oslo residents, reported VG.
The poll showed clear shifts in sentiments towards the games over the course of two weeks.
VG’s previous one took the opinions of more than 3,000 Norwegians from all over the country into account.
46 percent of these who live in Oslo voted against the city hosting the Olympics. Another 40.8 percent said they would vote for the Olympics during the election.
That survey also shed light on a generational difference in attitudes towards the winter games.
Out of the 1,030 people who voted, 54.2 percent from the 30 to 44 age group answered ‘yes’ for the hosting of the Olympics, compared to 34.1 percent who were against. 64 percent of students voted for during the school elections.
The figures among the 65 and over age group were markedly different, however. Just 32.1 percent voted ‘yes’ to the Olympics compared to 57 percent who voted ‘no’. 10.3 percent were undecided.
“Many young people have heard of the festivities at Lillehammer, and want to experience the same in the future,” said Oslo 2022 Olympic director Eli Grimsby in an interview with dittOslo.
The budget, which contains certain infrastructural developments, is set at NOK 20-23 billion (about USD 3.37-3.88 billion/EUR 2.54-2,92 billion/ GBP 2.14-2.46 billion at today’s ROE).
Only NOK 4 billion (some USD 675.68 million/EUR 509.34 million/GBP 429.39 million) of this sum will go to Oslo.
Olympics front man, businessperson, and Liberal Party (V) politician Olaf Thommesen, explained the Olympics have something to do with national identity.
“We’ve created sports heroes and a culture around the sports that are peculiar to our country. The whole country was excited and proud of what we managed in Lillehammer in ’94,” he said.
The large budget has been one of the main criteria for the opposing opinion. Several politicians have voiced their balloted opinion on the matter. Among them is Socialist Left (SV) Party leader Audun Lysbakken.
“We believe that it would be fun to have the Olympics in Norway, but that the price will be too high,” he told Dagbladet.
“It will be the most expensive urban development project, and we believe that we can create good city development in Oslo without the Olympics.”