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Share of women in the Norwegian Parliament 1945-2017

More than 41 percent of all representatives elected for the Norwegian parliament held in September 11, 2017 were women, up from a share of 39.6 percent reached in the preceding election year 2013. Compared to the share of women in the parliaments of other global countries, Norway came in 13th place. With 61.3 percent, Rwanda’s parliament had the highest proportion of women.

Arbeiderpartiet with the highest number of representatives

The statistic only shows the share of women of the respective mandates in the years when they have been elected for the Norwegian Parliament. Since 2005, it consists of 169 representatives from 19 election districts distributed accordingly to the share of votes gained by a party. In the last election, the social democratic party – called Arbeiderpartiet – received the highest number of mandates, followed by the conservative party ‘Høyre’. In total, there are nine parties represented in the Norwegian parliament.

Roughly three quarters of people voted

The election of the Norwegian Parliament – or Stortinget – is held every four years since 1938. The voter turnout remained stable in the last decades. As of 2017, 78.2 percent of the roughly 3.77 million persons aged 18 years or older who were entitled went to vote.
The next parliamentary election was scheduled for September 2021.

Share of women in the Norwegian Parliament from 1945 to 2017

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Release date

November 2017



Survey time period

1945 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) is elected every four years. There are 169 seats in the Norwegian Parliament.

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