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Municipal and county council election, candidates and representatives


Next update

Not yet determined

Key figures

40 %

female representatives in 2019  

Members of the local councils, by sex
Members (per cent)

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Table 1 
Chairmen, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election

Chairmen, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election
Party/electoral listFiguresPer cent
Corrected 27 February 2020
Both sex
Labour Party15320114835.747.041.6
Progress Party11532.61.20.8
Conservative Party119743427.717.39.6
Christian Democratic Party171594.03.52.5
Centre Party879813120.322.936.8
Socialist Left Party3160.70.21.7
Liberal Party6621.41.40.6
Norwegian green Party0010.00.00.3
Common lists101252.32.81.4
Local lists1716174.03.74.8
Other lists6001.40.00.0
Labour Party1191329035.743.039.1
Progress Party11533.31.61.3
Conservative Party87572626.118.611.3
Christian Democratic Party121293.63.93.9
Centre Party71768421.324.836.5
Socialist Left Party2030.60.01.3
Liberal Party4311.21.00.4
Norwegian green Party0010.00.00.4
Common lists8922.42.90.9
Local lists1413114.24.24.8
Other lists5001.50.00.0
Labour Party34695835.457.046.0
Progress Party0000.00.00.0
Conservative Party3217833.314.06.3
Christian Democratic Party5305.22.50.0
Centre Party16224716.718.237.3
Socialist Left Party1131.00.82.4
Liberal Party2312.12.50.8
Norwegian green Party0000.00.00.0
Common lists2332.12.52.4
Local lists3363.12.54.8
Other lists1001.00.00.0

Table 2 
Member of the local councils, by party/electoral list, age and sex.

Member of the local councils, by party/electoral list, age and sex.
Party/electoral list/age201120152019
Corrected 27 February 2020
Labour Party
Total1 8961 4821 9421 5191 4001 183
18-29 years165225172212139172
30-39 years270314255279164197
40-49 years476472483492330374
50-59 years555323518352390305
60 years or older430148514184377135
Progress Party
18-29 years513657334625
30-39 years1157373396528
40-49 years262931767312754
50-59 years220691846115251
60 years or older189351593412924
Conservative Party
Total1 5198281 251703949539
18-29 years12010091817974
30-39 years20715513510311279
40-49 years451309352243254165
50-59 years421160366170271156
60 years or older32010430710623365
Christian Democratic Party
18-29 years221616181510
30-39 years583848263323
40-49 years10359104666543
50-59 years11280118679144
60 years or older12144120406423
Centre Party
Total8635571 0647101 358907
18-29 years63657593126130
30-39 years118145171178231216
40-49 years250174290216333266
50-59 years261125305155360216
60 years or older171482236830879
Socialist Left Party
18-29 years131514152831
30-39 years214522363769
40-49 years364937494876
50-59 years585647463833
60 years or older492068265940
Liberal Party
18-29 years3116181987
30-39 years715868492425
40-49 years1018187734941
50-59 years1156087374219
60 years or older71367731427
Norwegian green Party
18-29 years..11141531
30-39 years..42364442
40-49 years..31265044
50-59 years..29192916
60 years or older..1782118
Other lists
18-29 years332723252637
30-39 years635953507169
40-49 years125931179312191
50-59 years173581266512376
60 years or older179321914119356

About the statistics

The statistics show candidates, representatives, chairmen and members of executive comittees by gender, age, education and immigrant background. Figures by county and municipalities with time series from 1945.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The party of the chairman/deputy chairman, county council chairman/deputy county council chairman: Elected persons are listed under the party/electoral list they stood for election for. If elected from a joint list, local list or other lists, they will be included in these lists, irrespective of party. The same applies to municipal council representatives and executive committee/county cabinet representatives. Re-elected representatives in the executive committee/county cabinet: Executive committee/county cabinet representatives are defined as re-elected if they were members of the sitting executive committee/county cabinet on the election day. Since 2003, information on re-elected representatives and number of periods for all municipal council representatives and county council representatives has been collected. This information is also combined with information on country background, education, occupational status and industry.

Standard classifications

Classification of municipalities Classification of counties Classification of regions

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Municipal and county council election, candidates and representatives
Topic: Elections

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Regional level

For municipal council election: Municipal level and regional level. For county council election: County level.

Frequency and timeliness

Ever four years (election year).

International reporting

Not relevant


The statistics files are stored in Statistics Norway. Microdata can be supplied  for research purposes.


Background and purpose

The purpose is to make official statistics on all parties candidates for municipal and county council prior to the election. After the constitution of the municipal councils and the county councils, official statistics is produced from the municipal council and county council election and the executive committee of local council and chairmen election. Since 2003, Statistics Norway has collected the national identity number of all representatives so that they can be combined with various variables such as income, country background, education and occupational status.

Users and applications

Ministries,  Municipalities and county municipalities, journalists and students ,political parties, election researchers

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Aggregated elections results are  published on election night  on valg.no. https://www.regjeringen.no/no/portal/valg/id456491/. Municipalities publishes information for their own municipality on their homepage. The official statistics for Municipal and county elections published by SSB are included in a statistical system along with statistics for parliamentary elections, Sami Parliamentary elections and local referendums. This is a part of Stat Norway's system of Social Statistics inncluding population statistics and social welfare statistics with common terms and definitions.

Legal authority

§ 2-2 of the Statistics Act and § 15-7 of the Election Act

EEA reference

Not relevant



The population consists of elected representatives in municipal councils and county councils.

Data sources and sampling

SSB receive administrative data on the candidates from The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation before the election. SSB performs a separate collection of representatives via internet based form from all municipalities and counties after the election. The data source consists of electronic questionnaires on the Internet. These are completed by the counties and municipalities, and submitted to Statistics Norway.

Full count of all candidates and elected representatives.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The municipalities and county municipalities receive one form each.

Manual and computerised controls are carried out, mainly to check that the total figures are correct and logical checks. The results are compared with the results of the previous election. Micro editing is performed if differences are discovered.  

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Suppression if direct identification is possible with regard to sensitive information.

Comparability over time and space

Information on chairmen's parties is available back to 1934. Information on executive committees is available from the 1979 election, but only at county level for the earliest elections. Information on chairmen and deputy chairmen of the county councils is available back to 1979. Since 2003, information on all municipal council and county council representatives has been collected.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

It is essential for the quality of the statistics that the information from the counties and municipalities is correct. If the elected representatives are listed as belonging to parties that stood for election, it is difficult to check if the distribution between the parties is correct. Furthermore, the representatives' parties are coded before registration and there is always a risk of errors despite comprehensive controls.


Not relevant