Storting

The Storting (Norwegian: Stortinget [ˈstûːʈɪŋə]) (lit. the Great Thing) is the supreme legislature of Norway, established in 1814 by the Constitution of Norway. It is located in Oslo. The unicameral parliament has 169 members and is elected every four years based on party-list proportional representation in nineteen multi-seat constituencies. A member of Stortinget is known in Norwegian as a stortingsrepresentant, literally "Storting representative".[1]

Parliament of Norway

Stortinget
166th Storting
Type
Type
Term limits
4 years
Established1814
Leadership
Structure
Seats169 (85 needed for majority)
Political groups
Government (76)
  •   Labour Party (48)
  •   Centre Party (28)

Opposition (93)

Committees
Elections
Open list proportional representation
Modified Sainte-Laguë method
Last election
13 September 2021
Next election
2025
Meeting place
Hemicycle of the Parliament of Norway Building
Oslo, Norway
Website
stortinget.no
Constitution
Constitution of Norway

The assembly is led by a president and, since 2009, five vice presidents: the presidium. The members are allocated to twelve standing committees as well as four procedural committees. Three ombudsmen are directly subordinate to parliament: the Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee and the Office of the Auditor General.

Parliamentarianism was established in 1884, with the Storting operating a form of "qualified unicameralism", in which it divided its membership into two internal chambers making Norway a de facto bicameral parliament, the Lagting and the Odelsting.[2] Following a constitutional amendment in 2007, this was abolished, taking effect following the 2009 election.[3]

Following the 2021 election, ten parties are represented in parliament: the Labour Party (48), the Conservative Party (36), the Centre Party (28), the Progress Party (21), the Socialist Left Party (13), the Red Party (8), the Liberal Party (8), the Christian Democratic Party (3), the Green Party (3), and the Patient Focus Party (1). Since 2021, Masud Gharahkhani has been President of the Storting.


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