On this day September 25, 1972

A referendum on whether Norway should join the European Community was held on 25 September 1972, after a long period of heated debate.

The “No” side won with 53.5 per cent of the vote. Prime Minister Trygve Bratteli resigned as a result of the defeat. This was Norway’s second attempt at becoming member, after having been rejected by France in 1962 and again temporarily in 1967, but the first attempt with a referendum on a set of fully negotiated accession terms.

A 1994 refendum on entry into what had become the European Union also resulted in the rejection of membership.

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