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Norwegian parliamentary election, 1997

Norwegian Parliamentary election, 1997

15 September 1997

All 165 seats to the Norwegian Parliament
83 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Thorbjørn Jagland Carl I. Hagen Valgerd Svarstad Haugland
Party Labour Progress Christian Democratic
Last election 67 seats, 36.9% 10 seats, 6.3% 13 seats, 7.9%
Seats won 65 25 25
Seat change 2 15 12
Popular vote 904,362 395,376 353,082
Percentage 35.0% 15.3% 13.7%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Jan Petersen Anne Enger Lahnstein Erik Solheim
Party Conservative Centre Socialist Left
Last election 28 seats, 17.0% 32 seats, 16.7% 13 seats, 7.9%
Seats won 23 11 9
Seat change 5 21 4
Popular vote 370,441 204,824 155,307
Percentage 14.3% 7.9% 6.0%

  Seventh party
 
Leader Lars Sponheim
Party Liberal
Last election 1 seat, 3.6%
Seats won 6
Seat change 5
Popular vote 115,077
Percentage 4.5%

Prime Minister before election

Thorbjørn Jagland
Labour

Prime Minister-designate

Kjell Magne Bondevik
Christian Democratic

Distribution of mandates after the 1997 Norwegian parliamentary election:

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 14 and 15 September 1997.[1] Prior to the election Prime Minister Thorbjørn Jagland of the Labour Party had issued the 36.9 ultimatum declaring that the government would step down unless it gained 36.9% of the vote, the percentage gained by the Labour Party in 1993 under Gro Harlem Brundtland. Whilst Labour won a plurality of seats, they were unable to reach Jagland's 36.9% threshold, gaining 35% of the vote. As a result of this, the Labour government stepped down, being replaced by a centrist coalition of the Christian People's Party, Liberal Party and the Centre Party, with Kjell Magne Bondevik being appointed Prime Minister, and confidence and supply support from the Progress Party and Conservative Party.

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 904,362 35.0 65 –2
Progress Party 395,376 15.3 25 +15
Conservative Party 370,441 14.3 23 –5
Christian People's Party 353,082 13.7 25 +12
Centre Party 204,824 7.9 11 –21
Socialist Left Party 155,307 6.0 9 –4
Liberal Party 115,077 4.5 6 +5
Red Electoral Alliance 43,252 1.7 0 –1
Pensioners' Party 16,031 0.6 0 0
Non-Partisan Deputies 9,195 0.4 1 +1
Environment Party The Greens 5,884 0.2 0 0
Fatherland Party 3,805 0.2 0 0
Natural Law Party 2,207 0.1 0 0
Communist Party 1,979 0.1 0 0
Christian Conservative Party 1,386 0.1 0 0
New Future Coalition Party 491 0.0 0 0
White Electoral Alliance 463 0.0 0 New
Justice Party 281 0.0 0 New
Liberal People's Party 258 0.0 0 0
Children-Elderly 246 0.0 0 New
Society Party 214 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 9,508
Total 2,593,669 100 165 0
Registered voters/turnout 3,311,190 78.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, European Elections Database

References

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