60 000 list nominees
Elections;Immigration and immigrants
kommvalgform, Municipal and county council election, candidates and representatives, chairmen, deputy chairmen, direct election of chairmen, members of the executive committee of local councils, members of the municipal councils, members of county councils, members of the county executive committeeMunicipal council and county council elections, Elections, Elections, Immigration and immigrants
Candidates at municipal council election, candidates at county council election, political parties, party/electoral list. 59 983 nominees are candidates in 2015.

Municipal and county council election, candidates and representatives


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Key figures

24 743

female list nominees in 2015

Municipal- and county council election. List nominees by party/electoral list and sex
1In 2007 and 2011 is The Greens included in Other lists.
Total36 45126 10434 66124 84433 35024 743
Labour Party5 5544 8835 3124 8315 4015 033
Progress Party4 6241 9294 4951 8223 5141 312
Conservative Party5 5182 9485 7573 2445 5413 046
Christian Democratic Party3 0512 6452 8192 3112 5982 224
Centre Party5 4123 6305 0483 3834 9213 334
Socialist Left Party3 2583 5582 5942 9222 3042 699
Liberal Party3 6902 8463 8012 8353 5902 764
The Greens11 4281 401
Red Electoral Alliance8327330000
Other lists4 5122 9323 9832 8043 2062 206

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Table 1 
Municipal council election. List nominees at municipal council election, by party/electoral list and counies

Municipal council election. List nominees at municipal council election, by party/electoral list and counies
Labour PartyProgress PartyConservative PartyChristian Democratic PartyCentre PartySocialist Left PartyLiberal PartyThe GreensRødtOther lists
Total58 09310 4344 8268 5874 8228 2555 0036 3542 8291 5715 412
Østfold2 55048423338027236716029014598121
Akershus4 601721445694398519436536373163316
Hedmark2 45953612431112236128327910014329
Oppland2 895633127398168541231250144121282
Buskerud2 98151329952223639423333219259201
Vestfold1 94835620832215219914323712648157
Telemark2 549518186311232371236288142155110
Aust-Agder1 605264135262186264831996622124
Vest-Agder2 32231922435929227216724913769234
Rogaland4 20861942564550959836547117647353
Hordaland5 234845521790501660364557371137488
Sogn og Fjordane3 0405381175412755552764389744159
Møre og Romsdal4 70990651275845165329560613248348
Sør-Trøndelag3 57860922851324651826135119378581
Nord-Trøndelag2 8635431503462205853504268526132
Nordland5 123969454621254747577422126281672
Troms Romsa2 8685452794311504252782279488351
Finnmark Finnmárku1 901451126318101174210131658317

Table 2 
County council election. Candidates at, by party/electoral list

County council election. Candidates at, by party/electoral list
TotalLabour PartyProgress PartyConservative PartyChristian Democratic PartyCentre PartySocialist Left PartyLiberal PartyRødtOther lists
The whole country7 0307625207216347476567955111 684
Sogn og Fjordane336372137343736373760
Møre og Romsdal5315346404853464610189
Troms Romsa383372336324243433988
Finnmark Finnmárku287392141302824351851

Table 3 
Municipal and county council election. Candidates, by party/electoral list, age and sex

Municipal and county council election. Candidates, by party/electoral list, age and sex
Total18-29 years30-39 years40-49 years50-59 years60 years or older
Total58 0933 1473 3774 4733 9947 2375 9447 5855 32410 9086 104
Labour Party10 4344817046427611 2081 3581 3621 1651 7081 045
Progress Party4 8263142073791978403028402931 141313
Conservative Party8 5875414166964341 3658561 3146531 625687
Christian Democratic Party4 8222112313082794694385784931 032783
Centre Party8 2555085647426091 0848551 1646621 423644
Socialist Left Party5 0032183082453933414704716581 029870
Liberal Party6 3543203365784378616807405591 091752
Rødt1 571112106123143123111163151326213
Other lists8 2414425057607419468749536901 533797

About the statistics

The statistics show candidates and representatives by gender, age, education and immigrant background. The statistics also show chairmen and members of executive committees by the same demographics. Figures by country, county and municipalities. 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

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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