Centre Party (Norway)

The Centre Party (Norwegian: Senterpartiet, Sp; Northern Sami: Guovddášbellodat) is an agrarian political party in Norway.[3]

Centre Party
Senterpartiet
AbbreviationSp
LeaderTrygve Slagsvold Vedum
Parliamentary leaderMarit Arnstad
Founded19 May 1920; 102 years ago (1920-05-19)
HeadquartersAkersgata 35, Oslo
Youth wingCentre Youth
Membership (2017) 19,080[1]
Ideology
Political positionCentre
Nordic affiliationCentre Group
Colours  Green
Slogan"Nær folk"
("Close to people")
Storting
28 / 169
County Councils
106 / 574
Municipal Councils[2]
2,265 / 9,344
Sami Parliament
3 / 39
Website
senterpartiet.no

Ideologically, the Centre Party is positioned in the centre on the political spectrum,[4] it advocates for economic nationalist and protectionist policy to protect Norwegian farmers with toll tariffs,[5] and it supports decentralisation.[5] It was founded in 1920 as the Farmers' Party[nb 1] (Norwegian: Bondepartiet, Bp) and from its founding until 2000, the Centre Party joined only governments not led by the Labour Party, although it had previously supported a Labour government in the 1930s.[clarification needed] This turned around in 2005, when the party joined the red–green coalition government led by the Labour Party. Governments headed by prime ministers from the party include the short-lived Kolstad and Hundseid's Cabinet between 1931 and 1933 and the longer-lasting Borten's Cabinet from 1965 until 1971.

The Centre Party has maintained a hardline stance against Norwegian membership in the European Union,[8] successfully campaigning against Norwegian membership in both the 1972 and 1994 referendums, during which time the party saw record-high election results. Subsequently, the party proposed Norway's withdrawal from the European Economic Area and the Schengen Agreement.[8]

In 2017, party deputy leader Ola Borten Moe declared Nationalism to be a "positive force".[9]


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