Elections and democracy

The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation has the overall responsibility for the conduct of elections and for matters relating to local government and local democracy.

The main features of the Norwegian electoral system

The Norwegian electoral system is based on the principles of direct election and proportional representation in multi-member electoral divisions.

Legal framework

Here you will find the Election Act, the Election regulations and the Election manual.

Election observation

Norway is bound by a number of international documents both to invite and to receive national and international election observers.

Related topics and insights

What's new

Women in Local Politics in Norway

The Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation has developed digital maps in order to visualize and thereby easen oversight of the representation by gender in municipal councils and in other political bodies and positions in Norwegian municipalities.

Regulations for the 2019 local government elections for municipalities and counties that are subject to boundary changes that come into effect January 1st 2020

The Norwegian government has adopted changes to the local government structure, reducing the number of municipalities from 428 to 356 and the number of counties from 19 to 11. The mergers will come into effect January 1st 2020.


The Election Act

Act No. 57 of 28 June 2002 relating to parliamentary and local government elections. Last amended: 15 June 2018

Prop. 76 L (2017–2018)

Amendments to the Representation of the People Act (constituencies in parliamentary elections, the right to put up lists at an election, etc.)

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