Norway to tap oil wealth

The Norwegian is expected to spend more of its oil revenues to avoid a severe recession, and might draw on the assets of its $332 billion (£222 billion) sovereign wealth fund to finance a new fiscal spending package.

Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's leftwing prime minister, said earlier that the government will unveil spending measures in January on top of its previously announced expansionary budget for 2009.

"We have held back and been restrictive in our use of oil revenues in strong times, but we

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