OSLO — Norwegian voters have returned their Labor-dominated government to office, narrowly endorsing Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s pursuit of expanded public services and rejecting angry demands by some of his opponents to crack down harshly on immigration.

According to official results with 99.9 percent of the votes counted early Tuesday, Mr. Stoltenberg’s three-party left-wing coalition won 86 seats in the 169-seat Parliament. That would give it just enough of a margin to continue as the only left-of-center government in Scandinavia and one of the few remaining in Western Europe.

Though Mr. Stoltenberg declined to claim victory early Tuesday, he sounded optimistic, saying voters showed a clear desire “to renew, strengthen and improve the Norwegian social welfare.” A short time later, he told reporters, “I’m going home to bed.”

Norway has sailed through the financial crisis without serious disruption thanks to its collective oil wealth. Analysts said voters seemed cautiously determined to expand social benefits that already include broadly available public day care, free college tuition and extensive mass transit.

“This election, like the three previous ones, was all about schools, higher education, children, families, health care, the elderly and the environment — everything that touches on quality of life,” said Tor Bjorklund, a professor of political science at the University of Oslo.Labor boosted its representation in Parliament by three seats, to 64. The Socialist Left and center parties each won 11 seats.

The Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Jens Stoltenberg in Oslo on Tuesday. Credit Lise Aaserud/Associated Press

Practically absent from the campaign were questions of foreign policy, such as the sitting government’s refusal to allow the 500 Norwegian soldiers serving under NATO command in Afghanistan to fight in the south of that country, where the Taliban insurgency is strongest.

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All four opposition parties favored removing the restriction, which NATO’s leadership has complained about, but none of them made it a campaign issue in deference to popular sentiment. No one on either side of the political divide raised the issue of joining the European Union, which Norwegians rejected by referendum in 1994.

The biggest party on the conservative side remained Progress, led by the country’s most strident politician, Siv Jensen. Her outspoken opposition to immigration and foreign development aid — which she called “aid for corrupt dictators in Africa” — was coupled with a populist call to slash taxes and spend more of Norway’s oil revenue on government operations. That helped her party win about 23 percent of the vote, giving it 41 seats. But opinion polls as recently as a week ago had suggested an even stronger showing.

Harald Stanghelle, the political editor of the newspaper Aftenposten, said the apparent drop in support for the party had to do with maintaining the balance of power.

“Many voters want Progress to be there as a protest party, but they don’t want to see them in office,” Mr. Stanghelle said.

The Progress Party’s rise in recent years has come mostly at the expense of the moderate Conservative Party, which traditionally has been the main counterweight to Labor. Monday’s tentative result gave the Conservatives 30 seats, an increase of eight but still well below the party’s heyday in the 1980s.

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