Municipal and county council election, candidates and representatives

Updated: 16 January 2020


Next update: 3 July 2023

Female representatives
Female representatives
Members of the local councils, by sex
Members of the local councils, by sex
Members (per cent)
Explanation of symbols

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

  • Chairmen, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election
    Chairmen, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election
    Party/electoral listFiguresPer cent
    Both sex
    Labour Party15320114835.74741.6
    Progress Party11532.61.20.8
    Conservative Party119743427.717.39.6
    Christian Democratic Party1715943.52.5
    Centre Party879813120.322.936.8
    Socialist Left Party3160.70.21.7
    Liberal Party6621.41.40.6
    Norwegian green Party001000.3
    Common lists101252.32.81.4
    Local lists17161743.74.8
    Other lists6001.400
    Labour Party1191329035.74339.1
    Progress Party11533.31.61.3
    Conservative Party87572626.118.611.3
    Christian Democratic Party121293.63.93.9
    Centre Party71768421.324.836.5
    Socialist Left Party2030.601.3
    Liberal Party4311.210.4
    Norwegian green Party001000.4
    Common lists8922.42.90.9
    Local lists1413114.24.24.8
    Other lists5001.500
    Labour Party34695835.45746
    Progress Party000000
    Conservative Party3217833.3146.3
    Christian Democratic Party5305.22.50
    Centre Party16224716.718.237.3
    Socialist Left Party11310.82.4
    Liberal Party2312.12.50.8
    Norwegian green Party000000
    Common lists2332.12.52.4
    Local lists3363.12.54.8
    Other lists100100
    Explanation of symbols
  • 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
    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
    Explanation of symbols

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.

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.

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

3 July 2023

Division for Population Statistics

For municipal council election: Municipal level and regional level.

For county council election: County level.

Ever four years (election year).

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

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.

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

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Aggregated elections results are published on election night on 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.

Act on Official Statistics and Statistics Norway §§ 10 and 20.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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