Progress Party (Norway)

The Progress Party (Bokmål: Fremskrittspartiet; Nynorsk: Framstegspartiet; Northern Sami: Ovddádusbellodat), commonly abbreviated as FrP, is a right-wing political party in Norway.[8][9][10] The FrP has traditionally self-identified as classical-liberal[11] and as a libertarian party[12][13][14] but is generally positioned to the right of the Conservative Party, and is considered the most right-wing party to be represented in parliament. It is often described as moderately right-wing populist;[15][16] this characterization has also been disputed in both academic and public discourse.[17][18][19] By 2020, the party attained a growing national conservative faction.[4] After the 2017 parliamentary election, it was Norway's third largest political party, with 26 representatives in the Storting.[20] It was a partner in the government coalition led by the Conservative Party from 2013 to 2020.[21]

Progress Party
LeaderSylvi Listhaug
Deputy LeaderKetil Solvik-Olsen
Parliamentary leaderHans Andreas Limi
FounderAnders Lange
Founded8 April 1973
HeadquartersKarl Johans gate 25 0159 Oslo
Youth wingProgress Party's Youth
Membership (2019) 15,603[1]
Political positionRight-wing
Colours  Dark blue
21 / 169
County Councils[5]
83 / 728
Municipal councils[6]
889 / 10,781
Sami Parliament[7]
1 / 39

^ a: FrP is considered the most moderate of parties associated with right-wing populism, so this characterization has sometimes been disputed.

The Progress Party focuses on law and order, downsizing the bureaucracy and the public sector; the FrP self-identifies as an economic liberal party which competes with the left to represent the workers of Norway.[22][23] The party has officially opposed Norwegian membership in the European Union since 2016, after having been neutral on the issue before.[24] The Progress Party calls for a strict immigration policy, integration of immigrants and for the removal of illegal immigrants or foreigners who commit crimes. During its time in coalition government from 2013, the party oversaw the creation of a Minister for Integration and increased the process of deporting failed aslyum seekers or migrants with criminal convictions.[25] It has been described as anti-immigration;[26] nevertheless, the FrP also supports free migration to and from the European Union through the European Economic Community as well as helping refugees through the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Progress Party has been positive to receiving the Ukrainians who became refugees due to the conflict.[27]

The Progress Party was founded by Anders Lange in 1973 as an anti-tax protest movement. Its development was greatly influenced by Carl I. Hagen, the party's long-standing leader between 1978 and 2006.[28][29] Siv Jensen served as the party leader between 2006 and 2021, when in February 2021 she announced that she would be stepping down at the next party convention in May.[30] She was succeeded by her deputy leader, Sylvi Listhaug on 8 May 2021.[31]

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