2009 Norwegian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 13 and 14 September 2009.[1] Elections in Norway are held on a Monday in September, usually the second or third Monday, as determined by the king.[2] Early voting was possible between 10 August and 11 September 2009,[3] while some municipalities also held open voting on 13 September.[1] Voters elected 169 members for the Storting,[4] each for a four-year term.[5] Voter turn-out in the 2009 general elections was 76.4%.[6]

2009 Norwegian parliamentary election

 2005 13 and 14 September 2009 2013 

All 169 seats in the Storting
85 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Jens Stoltenberg Siv Jensen Erna Solberg
Party Labour Progress Conservative
Last election 61 seats, 32.7% 38 seats, 22.1% 23 seats, 14.1%
Seats won 64 41 30
Seat change 3 3 7
Popular vote 949,060 614,724 462,465
Percentage 35.4% 22.9% 17.2%
Swing 2.7 pp 0.8 pp 3.1 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Kristin Halvorsen Liv Signe Navarsete Dagfinn Høybråten
Party Socialist Left Centre Christian Democratic
Last election 15 seats, 8.8% 11 seats, 6.5% 11 seats, 6.8%
Seats won 11 11 10
Seat change 4 0 1
Popular vote 166,366 165,014 148,750
Percentage 6.2% 6.2% 5.5%
Swing 2.6 pp 0.3 pp 1.3 pp

  Seventh party
Leader Lars Sponheim
Party Liberal
Last election 10 seats, 5.9%
Seats won 2
Seat change 8
Popular vote 104,144
Percentage 3.9%
Swing 2.0 pp

Prime Minister before election

Jens Stoltenberg

Prime Minister after election

Jens Stoltenberg

Candidates were elected on party lists in each of the 19 counties. The political parties nominated candidates for these lists during late 2008 and early 2009. The party lists had to be registered by 31 March 2009.[7]

Although the opposition received more votes, the governing Red-Green Coalition obtained more seats in parliament. This allowed Jens Stoltenberg to continue as prime minister. Further to the right, both the Conservative Party and Progress Party increased their number of seats in parliament.[8] The centrist Liberal Party failed to meet the electoral threshold of 4.0%, and were reduced to two representatives in Parliament.[9]

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