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Norwegian parliamentary election, 1989

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Norwegian parliamentary election, 1989

Norwegian parliamentary election, 1989


All 165 seats in the Norwegian Parliament
78 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Gro Harlem Brundtland Jan P. Syse Carl I. Hagen
Party Labour Conservative Progress
Last election 71 seats, 40.8% 50 seats, 30.4% 2 seats, 3.7%
Seats won 63 37 22
Seat change Decrease8 Decrease13 Increase20
Popular vote 907,393 588,682 345,185
Percentage 34.3% 22.2% 13.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Erik Solheim Kjell Magne Bondevik Johan J. Jakobsen
Party Socialist Left Christian Democratic Centre
Last election 6 seats, 5.5% 16 seats, 8.3% 12 seats, 6.6%
Seats won 17 14 11
Seat change Increase11 Decrease2 Decrease1
Popular vote 266,782 224,852 171,269
Percentage 10.1% 8.5% 6.5%

  Seventh party
Leader Anders John Aune
Party Future for Finnmark
Last election New
Seats won 1
Seat change Increase1
Popular vote 8,817
Percentage 0.3%

Prime Minister before election

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Prime Minister-designate

Jan P. Syse

Distribution of mandates after the 1989 Norwegian parliamentary election:

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 10 and 11 September 1989.[1] The Labour Party remained the largest party in the Storting, winning 63 of the 165 seats.

The non-socialist parties gained a majority, and Jan P. Syse became prime minister of a coalition minority cabinet consisting of the Conservative Party, the Christian Democratic Party, and the Centre Party. This cabinet was disbanded a year later after the Center Party broke with the Conservatives due to the Norwegian EU membership issue. Thus the Labour Party was again in government at the 1993 election four years later.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 907,393 34.3 63 –8
Conservative Party 588,682 22.2 37 –13
Progress Party 345,185 13.0 22 +20
Socialist Left Party 266,782 10.1 17 +11
Christian People's Party 224,852 8.5 14 –2
Centre Party 171,269 6.5 11 –1
Liberal Party 84,740 3.2 0 0
County Lists for Environment and Solidarity 22,139 0.8 0 New
Environment Party The Greens 10,136 0.4 0 New
Stop Immigration 8,963 0.3 0 New
Future for Finnmark 8,817 0.3 1 New
Pensioners' Party 7,863 0.3 0 0
Liberals - Europe Party 470 0.0 0 New
Common Future 313 0.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 5,569
Total 2,653,173 100 165 +8
Registered voters/turnout 3,190,311 83.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1438 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
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