Updated: 31 October 2017
Next update: 27 October 2021
About the statistics
The statistics show persons entitled to vote, turnout and results by parties for the Sameting election. Time series from 2005.
To be able to vote at the Sameting election, one must register oneself in the Same census. All Norwegian Sami persons 18 years or older in the election year, are entitled to register themselves in the census. One can demand the registration if one declares that one perceives oneself as a Sami person, and if one either a) has the Sami language as the languages spoken at home, or b) one’s parents, grandparents or great-grandparents have had the Sami language as the language spoken at home, or c) is the child of a person registered in the Sami census. Sami persons who are citizens of other Nordic countries, can register themselves in the Sami census if they on 30th of june in the election year are registered as residents of Norway. Sami persons not coming from a Nordic country, can register themselves in the Sami census if they have been registered as residents of Norway in the three last years before election day. The Sami census is linked to the National Registration Office. The registered address on 30th of june in the election year is the one registered in the Sami census, and used at the Sameting elections. At the Samething elections, the country is divided into seven constituencies. In total, 39 representatives are elected from the seven constituencies. This is four less than four years ago.
The constituencies at the Sameting elections are grouped in the following way:
- Northern Troms
- Middle Troms
- Southern Troms
- Northern Nordland
- Middle Nordland
- Southern Sami area
- Southern Norway
Name: Sami election
Division for Population Statistics
Every 4 years (election years)
The data file is long-term stored at Statistics Norway and at NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data for research purposes.
The political parties are frequent users of the statistics, as are journalists. The statistics are also used by the ministries to calculate the funding of the political parties, as well as by municipalities and counties. Other groups of users are students, particularly of political science. Researchers, students and journalists from abroad also request statistics on the Sameting elections.
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.
Sami election regulation §85
The statistics comprise results from the elections in all municipalities having resident persons registered in the Sami census. Collected are figures for the number of persons having the right to vote, how many voted in advance (municipalities with less than 30 persons entitled to vote only have advance voting) and at election day, rejected votes and approved votes cast for the various parties. Distribution of mandates by party and constituency.
At the 2005 elections Statistics Norway received data files from the Ergo Group. From the 2009 Sameting elections onwards, internet based questionnaires are sent in from the 7 Sami constituencies.
The poll books of the Sami constituencies are the basis, and these are supplemented with own questionnaires sent to the 7 Sami constituencies.
Automatic controls at the registration of figures, chiefly sum controls and logic coherence.
Statistics Norway for the first time published statistics on the Sameting elections in 2005.
Number of votes cast and rejected for some municipalities are uncertain, due to inaccuracies in check offs at the registration. Misunderstandings referring to the concepts rejected voting vs. rejected votes also occur. Rejected voting results from a person appearing, but for various reasons not having his voting approved. No check offs are to be made in the census, and these votes normally are not to be included in the statistics. They are, however, registered, and in some instances wrongly under rejected votes (voting slips). When auditing, votes cast and rejected in some instances must be corrected adjusted according to judgment, where the municipalities themselves are unable to discover the mistakes.