Contemporary Party

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The Contemporary Party (Norwegian: Samtidspartiet) is a political party in Norway, formed to represent the interests of Muslims in Norway.


The party was founded in 2009, then originally as the Independent Labour Party (the name written in English was officially the only name used by the party). It was, however, forced to change its name because of the close resemblance to the Norwegian Labour Party.[1] The name change came about in June 2009. The party participated in the Norwegian parliamentary election, 2009 in the county of Oslo.[2]


Led by Norwegian-Pakistani Ghuffor Butt, the aim of the party is to lower gas prices, car charges and taxes.[3] Because of the focus on lowering taxes and gas prices, the party has been nicknamed an "immigrant Progress Party".[4] Other issues by the party is allow wearing of hijab in the Norwegian police force, to establish Muslim schools and nursing homes,[5] make family reunification more easily available [6] and establish state funding for imams and mosques.[7]

Electoral results[edit]

The party received 264 votes (0.01%) in the 2009 parliamentary elections.[8]


  1. ^ Iraki, Rima (22 May 2009). "Muslimsk parti må skifte navn" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Bråthen, Trine (12 June 2009). "Muslimsk parti skiftet navn" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Samtidspartiet lei høye avgifter" (in Norwegian). VGTV. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Thorenfeldt, Gunnar (19 April 2009). "- Uten svin og alkohol er nordmenn verdens beste muslimer". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Juven, Olav; Kielland Jenssen, Grethe (1 April 2009). "To minoritetspartier banker på" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Nisja-Wilhelmsen, Pål (27 July 2009). "Er du lei av de store partiene?" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Iqbal, Samaria (29 July 2009). "Norsk-pakistansk filmregissør med nytt parti: Vil ha statslønn til imamer og sykehjem for innvandrere" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Results