2021 Norwegian parliamentary election

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2021 Norwegian parliamentary election

← 2017 September 2021

All 169 seats in the Storting
85 seats are needed for a majority
Opinion polls
  Jonas Gahr Støre undated.jpg Erna Solberg (Red carpet) - Global Citizen Festival Hamburg 04.jpg Siv Jensen-14.jpg
Leader Jonas Gahr Støre Erna Solberg Siv Jensen
Party Labour Conservative Progress
Last election 49 seats, 27.4% 45 seats, 25.0% 27 seats, 15.2%

  Trygve S Vedum kandidater Sp, stortingsvalget 2013.jpg Audun Lysbakken jamstalldhetsminister Norge.jpg Trine Skei Grande.jpg
Leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum Audun Lysbakken Trine Skei Grande
Party Centre Socialist Left Liberal
Last election 19 seats, 10.3% 11 seats, 6.0% 8 seats, 4.4%

  Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (cropped).JPG Une Aina Bastholm og Arild Hermstad, 1. kandidater for Oslo og Hordaland infobox crop.jpg Bjørnar Moxnes 2016.jpg
Leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad Une Aina Bastholm
Arild Hermstad
Bjørnar Moxnes
Party Christian Democratic Green Red
Last election 8 seats, 4.2% 1 seat, 3.2% 1 seat, 2.4%

Incumbent Prime Minister

Erna Solberg

The next Norwegian parliamentary election is scheduled to be held in September 2021. All 169 seats in the Norwegian legislature, the Storting, will be up for election.


Previous election[edit]

In the previous election, held on 11 September 2017, Erna Solberg of the Conservatives retained her position as prime minister after four years in power. Her premiership additionally received the support of the Progress Party, the Liberals and the Christian Democrats, who combined secured 88 of the 169 seats in parliament.[1] The opposition, led by Jonas Gahr Støre and his Labour Party, won 81 seats. Other opposition parties included the Centre Party, Socialist Left, the Greens and the Red Party.

Christian Democratic Party's Inclusion[edit]

The Christian Democrats voted at a party conference to join Solberg's government on 2 November 2018 and on 16 January 2019, Solberg's Conservatives struck a deal with the Christian Democratic Party. This marked the first time since 1985 that Norway would be getting a majority government representing right-wing parties in the Storting.[2][3]

Electoral system[edit]

Electoral reform[edit]

On 21 June 2017, the Solberg government established a committee tasked with reviewing the electoral system used in Norwegian parliamentary elections.[4] The 17-member committee, which is led by court judge Ørnulf Røhnebæk [no], is obliged to finish its report on the electoral system by 2019.[5] Electoral reform is expected to accompany a reform of the country's counties, and is likely to include changes to the size and borders of electoral districts (currently 19), the electoral threshold (currently 4%) and the overall number of MPs (currently 169).


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.[6] As the last election was held in September 2017, the next election is set for September 2021.


Parliamentary parties[edit]

Name Ideology Leader 2017 result
Votes (%) Seats
Ap Labour Party
Social democracy Jonas Gahr Støre 27.4%
49 / 169
H Conservative Party
Liberal conservatism Erna Solberg 25.0%
45 / 169
FrP Progress Party
Conservative liberalism Siv Jensen 15.2%
27 / 169
Sp Centre Party
Agrarianism Trygve Slagsvold Vedum 10.3%
19 / 169
SV Socialist Left Party
Sosialistisk Venstreparti
Democratic socialism Audun Lysbakken 6.0%
11 / 169
V Liberal Party
Liberalism Trine Skei Grande 4.4%
8 / 169
KrF Christian Democratic Party
Kristelig Folkeparti
Christian democracy Kjell Ingolf Ropstad 4.2%
8 / 169
MDG Green Party
Miljøpartiet De Grønne
Green politics Une Aina Bastholm
Arild Hermstad
1 / 169
R Red Party
Marxism Bjørnar Moxnes 2.4%
1 / 169

Opinion polls[edit]

30-day poll average trendline of opinion polls towards the Norwegian election in 2021


  1. ^ "Valgresultat". valgresultat.no. Norwegian Directorate of Elections. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ Schaart, Eline (2018-11-02). "Norwegian government safe after Christian party votes to join its ranks". Politico Europe. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ Henry, Galaxy (2019-01-18). "Norway: PM Solberg strikes deal to form center-right majority". Politico Europe. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Utvalget som skal foreslå ny valglov snart i sving". abcnyheter.no. ABC nyheter. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Nytt valglovutvalg oppnevnt". regjeringen.no. Regjeringen. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Oppløsningsrett og investitur avvist nok en gang". sv.uio.no. Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. Retrieved 22 September 2017.