OSLO Dec 15 Norway's central bank left its key
interest rate unchanged on Thursday, in line with forecasts, and
said it expected it to remain close to 0.5 percent in the coming
"The key policy rate forecast implies a slightly higher
probability of a decrease than an increase in the key policy
rate in the year ahead," it said.
All but one of the 16 economists polled by Reuters had said
earlier the bank would keep its deposit rate unchanged at the
current record low 0.50 percent.
(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, editing by Terje Solsvik)