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OSLO, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Norway's central bank kept its main interest rate unchanged on Thursday, as expected, and said the policy outlook had become more uncertain amid rising global risks.
The central bank had previously said it would probably raise rates by the end of the year, most likely in September, and the crown currency immediately weakened against the euro.
"Overall, new information indicates that the outlook for the policy rate for the period ahead is little changed since the June Report. The global risk outlook entails greater uncertainty about policy rates going forward," the central bank said.
Waging an increasingly lonely campaign, Norges Bank has raised rates three times since September and repeatedly warned that further hikes may follow, even as other central banks have shifted to dovish positions.
The crown currency weakened to around 10.01 against the euro as of 0814 GMT, compared with 9.9750 shortly before the 0800 GMT announcement.
A Reuters survey of 31 economists had unanimously predicted the key policy rate would remain on hold at 1.25% on Thursday. (Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Victoria Klesty and Hugh Lawson)