Norwegian parliamentary election, 2017

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Norwegian parliamentary election, 2017
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All 169 seats in the Storting
85 seats are needed for a majority
  Jonas Gahr Støre undated.jpg Erna Solberg, Wesenberg, 2011 (1).jpg Siv Jensen-14.jpg
Leader Jonas Gahr Støre Erna Solberg Siv Jensen
Party Labour Conservative Progress
Last election 55 seats, 30.8% 48 seats, 26.8% 29 seats, 16.3%

  Knut Arild Hareide 2011 for (infobox).JPG 04Hedmark, Trygve Magnus S. Vedum (3290479026).jpg Trine Skei Grande - 2010-04-10 at 11-17-01.jpg
Leader Knut Arild Hareide Trygve Slagsvold Vedum Trine Skei Grande
Party Christian Democratic Centre Liberal
Last election 10 seats, 5.6% 10 seats, 5.5% 9 seats, 5.2%

  Audun Lysbakken jamstalldhetsminister Norge.jpg Rasmus Hansson.jpg
Leader Audun Lysbakken Rasmus Hansson
Une Aina Bastholm
Party Socialist Left Green
Last election 7 seats, 4.1% 1 seat, 2.8%

Incumbent Prime Minister

Erna Solberg

The next Norwegian parliamentary election is set for 11 September 2017.[1] The Norwegian legislature, the Storting, will be elected for a new four-year term. All the 169 parliamentary seats will be contested.

Previous election[edit]

The last parliamentary elections in Norway were held on 9 September 2013. The outcome was a victory for the Conservatives and their right-wing allies. The Conservative Party, led by Erna Solberg, and the right-wing Progress Party formed a two-party minority government, with Solberg as Prime Minister. The two parties received confidence and supply from two centrist parties, the Liberals and the Christian Democrats.[2]


According to the Norwegian constitution, parliamentary elections must be held every four years. Rather uniquely, the Norwegian parliament may not be dissolved before such a parliamentary four-year term has ended, which in practice makes snap elections impossible to hold without breaking the constitutional electoral law of the country.

On 22 April 2016, the Norwegian government announced that the date of the election is set to be Monday, 11 September 2017.[3] Additionally, each municipal council may vote to extend voting by one day, by also opening the polling stations on Sunday, 10 September.

Participating parties[edit]

There are currently eight political parties represented in the Norwegian parliament, all of whom are likely to participate in the 2017 elections.

Opinion polling[edit]


  1. ^ Valgdagen blir 11. september 2017
  2. ^ "Drømmen om en bred borgerlig regjering er knust | BA". Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  3. ^ Valgdagen blir 11. september 2017
  4. ^ "Høyre og konservatismen - Høyre". 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  5. ^ Allern 2010, p. 26: "The Norwegian Progress Party is...traditionally characterised as a borderline case of the extreme or radical right (Ignazi 1992: 13–15; Kitschelt 1995: 121; Ignazi 2003: 157), and Mudde (2007:19) characterises FrP as a non-radical populist party"; see also: p.212.
  6. ^ Widfeldt 2014, p. 83: "The academic literature is not unanimous in classifying FrP as an extreme right party. Cas Mudde, in his book from 2007, argues that FrP does not belong to the populist radical right family... Instead, he classifies FrP as a "neoliberal populist party". Other writers, however, do place FrP in the same category...even if they in some cases do so with qualifications"; see also: p.16.
  7. ^ "Forskere: Frp er høyrepopulistisk", Verdens Gang (NTB), 14.09.2013. "- Ja, de er høyrepopulister. Men sammenlignet med andre slike partier i Europa er de en moderat utgave og har sterkere innslag av liberalkonservative strømninger, sier Jupskås." ("Yes, they are right-wing populists. But compared to similar parties in Europe, they are a moderate version, and have stronger elements of liberal-conservative currents, Jupskås (Anders Ravik Jupskås, lecturer Department of Political Science, University of Oslo) says.")
  8. ^ "Høyre og Frp frir til konservativt Sp - Aftenposten". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  9. ^ "KrF og Venstre må holde sammen - Venstre". 2013-03-09. Retrieved 2015-05-14.