Norway

Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
11.09.2017
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.09.2021
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
169
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
4,438
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
2,571
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
1,867
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
42.07%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
24

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
3,765,245
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,945,352
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
78.22%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg's ruling coalition returned to power, thereby becoming the first Conservative-led government (see note 1) to win re-election since 1985. The coalition took more seats than the three main opposition parties (see note 2). The Labour Party, led by Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, remained the largest party in the 169-member parliament, and took 49 seats, four more than the Conservative Party. A record 70 women were elected, or 41.42%, breaking the previous record set in 2013 (67, or 39.64%).

Since the 2013 elections, the price of oil had fallen by 70 per cent. The Conservative-led government introduced tax cuts of 21 billion kroner (over two billion euros). During the election campaign, the government said it continue income tax cuts, while the Labour-led coalition proposed to increase taxes on the wealthy. Other key issues included job creation and the country's membership of the European Economic Area (EEA).

Note 1:
The centre-right coalition government, formed after the 2013 elections, comprised the Conservative Party, the Progress Party, the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party. These parties won a total of 88 seats in 2017. However, the Christian Democratic Party left the coalition after the 2017 elections, reducing the coalition to 80 seats.

Note 2:
The Labour Party, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left Party won a total of 79 seats.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
8
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
33.33%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
28.99%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
3
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Conservative Party, Progress Party, Liberal Party
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Conservative Party (CP) 45
Progress Party 27
Centre Party (CP) 19
Socialist Left Party 11
Christian Democratic Party (CDP) 8
Liberal Party 8
Green Party 1
Red Party 1
Labour Party 49
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
99
Number of women elected
70
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
41.42%
Sources
Parliament (13.09.2017)
Norwegian Directorate of Elections
Reuters
The Washington Post
The New York Times
The Local
Women Directly Elected
70

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
99
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
70
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
02.10.2017
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Olemic Thommessen (Male)
Political party
Conservative Party
Date of election
02.10.2017