Green Party (Norway)
|Founded||29 October 1988|
|Youth wing||Green Youth|
|International affiliation||Global Greens|
|European affiliation||European Green Party|
|Politics of Norway
The Green Party (Bokmål: Miljøpartiet De Grønne, Nynorsk: Miljøpartiet De Grønne, Northern Sami: Birasbellodat Ruonát) is a Norwegian political party. The party has one member of parliament (gaining 2.8% in the 2013 elections) and also has some representation in municipal councils (gaining 1.3% in the 2011 elections). Green Party has been described as centrist or centre-left. However, the party claims distance to the two dominant political blocs represented by Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet or Solberg's Cabinet jointly denominated as "the fossil block".
The process of forming a new national green party in Norway was initiated in December 1984, with the official launch in 1988. Among the pioneers were the late philosopher Arne Næss, peace researcher Johan Galtung, and the philosopher Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng.
In the local elections between 1991 and 2009 the Green Party had 6 - 8 representatives elected each time. In the national elections the party never exceeded 1% support.
Since 2005, the Greens have seen a significant membership rise, with the new members coming from a wide variety of other parties, including the seven established parliamentary parties.
In the municipal elections of 2011, the party saw its first local breakthrough, having garnered close to 22,000 votes on a national basis. Two years later, during the campaign for the 2013 general election, the party saw a significant rise in support in the opinion polls. The Greens were widely expected to gain parliamentary representation to some extent. In the election, the Greens gathered over 79,000 votes, making them the 8th biggest party in the country. This vote count translates to 2.8 percent of the vote. Rasmus Hansson, the party's top candidate from Oslo was elected to parliament, becoming the first ever Green MP.
The Green Party is one of the global ecologist and environmentalist political parties and movements. As a member of the pan-European European Green Party, the Norwegian Greens subscribe to social progressivism and social justice. The main focus of the party is environmental protection and ecological sustainability. The party seeks to introduce a tax on wasteful consumption, and to reorganise the food industry. The Greens have also pledged support for a reform in the agrarian industry, increasing the production of organic crops and strengthening the eco-friendly agricultural sector.
The party does not have a leader in the traditional sense, rather it is led by the national executive committee which consists of seven persons. Among the board members, two persons (currently Rasmus Hansson and Hilde Opoku), act as national spokespersons for the party. All party representatives are elected during the annual party convention.
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