Storting election, candidates15 June 2017


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Storting election, candidates
Topic: Elections

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Individual level data about the list nominees were collected for the first time at the Storting election in 2005. Information concerning the candidates position on the election list, and variables like national identity number, occupation, gender, age and education, are collected.

Standard classifications

Standard classification of occupations

Norwegian Standard Classification of Education

Administrative information

Regional level


Frequency and timeliness

Every fourth year.

International reporting

Not relevant


Not relevant


Background and purpose

The purpose is to produce official statistics covering all the parties candidates in the Parliamentary election. Statistics Norway have since 2005 collected the national identity number of all the list nominees for the purpose to connect to variables like income, country background, education and occupational status. Previous to 2005, election researchers and others were dependent on sample surveyes to compare the list nominees with elected representatives.

Users and applications

Researchers and students in a wide range of social sciences use the statistics and analyses. Examples are political science, sociology, media and communication. Journalists, the political parties and public management are other important users.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

Should be analysed in relation to the results of the Storting election.

Legal authority

Statistics Act § 2-2 and Election Act § 15-7.

EEA reference

Not relevant



All list nominees in the counties for the Parlimentary election.

Data sources and sampling

All counties supplies the requested data through an internet based form.

Total count of all list nominess.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

All counties supplies the requested data through an internet based form.

Manual revision and computerized controls, mostly summarizing controls and logic coherence controls.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

From 2005 information about all the eligible candidaties for the Storting elections is collected.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The quality of the statistic depends on the counties ability to provide accurate information. A situation where a list nominee incorrectly is entered on a wrong list, but on a party list that still is eligible in the actual county, is difficult to detect. Also errors that occurs if the information about the list nominees and the parties is insufficient, is difficult to detect.


Not relevant