5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Norway Election 2017

September 1, 2017 6 min to read

A new month, a new election.

Seems like 2017 is all change for hopefully the new and improved. Europe has been in a state of flux in the recent months and September will prove to be no different.

With the elections for the German Chancellor set for the 18th of September and now the Norwegian parliamentary election scheduled for the 11th of September 2017.

The result of the Norway election 2017 will have effects on the rest of Europe and most importantly on the Scandinavian sector like Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

The upcoming election has therefore been subject to much criticism and concern by the public. This criticism was heightened by the ban on wearing burqas in public places.

Making Norway the first ever Scandinavian country to ban Muslim veils. You can only imagine the reverberation this sent throughout the country. Setting the tone for an eventful parliamentary election.

In this article, we will discuss the 5 things you didn’t know about the Norway Election 2017.

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1. Why Is The Norway Election Taking Place?

The Norwegian Parliamentary election takes place every four years, similar to other countries.

The newly elected Norwegian legislature is elected for a fresh term of governance. All of the 169 parliamentary seats are contested. The Norwegian legislature is also known as the Storting.

The Storting is better known as the supreme legislature of Norway. It was established by the Constitution of Norway back in 1814 and it is located in Oslo.

The elected government is selected based on a few criteria:

  1. 169 members
  2. Party List proportional representation

The Norwegian has caused quite the stir. But why?

Mainly because of the newly enforced present immigration policy. By introducing the ban on wearing burqas in public spaces has upset quite a few demographics.

This ban will be fully in effect in October 2017.

What are the other issues?

The four toll booths on the E18 motorway that rides along en route to the Torp Sandefjord.

The toll road drives are at the heart of this problem that hangs over the future of European Politics.

Will they remember that, or will they remember they passed four tolls in a row?” says Ketil Solvik-Olsen, the Progress party minister for transport.

Hence why the Norway parliamentary elections will be carefully watched and scrutinized over Europe for the upcoming weeks. This will be defining point and test for the populists’ popularity, especially since for the past few decades the social democratic politics has had most control.

Compared to other Nordic countries like Sweden that have been completely ostracised whilst in Denmark they have proceeded to mainstream politics. Norway and Denmark have reverted into government.

‘Norway has become a testing ground for a widespread proposition that the appeal of populist parties will be tamed by being forced to take on the responsibility of government, including such mundane issues as toll roads.

Being in government is hard for any party at any time. It’s demanding because you are responsible for everything. We didn’t have the experience when we started but I think we have managed very well,' says Siv Jensen, Progress leader and finance minister.

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2. What Are The Political Parties?

At current there are 8 political parties that represent the Norwegian Parliament:

Labour Party (AP) – 55 Members, the largest party of the 2013-2017 government. It describes itself as centre-left and advocates a welfare state and an equal distribution of wealth.

Conservative Party (H) – 48 Members, their current leader is the Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. The party is considered centre-right and emphasizes on personal rights and social responsibility.

Progress Party (FRP) – 29 Members, it’s currently a part of the Cabinet with the Conservative Party. The party has been often described as populistic far-right, but they denied the accusations.

Centre Party (SP) – 10 Members. They support social equality and environmental protection.

Christian Democratic Party (KrF) – 10 Members. The party is based on the traditional Christian democratic values.

Liberal Party (V) – 9 Members. It focuses on environmental issues.

Socialist Left Party (SV) – 7 Members. It favors a welfare state and taxation of the wealthy.

Green Party (MDG) – 1 Member. It focuses on environmental protection and ecological sustainability.

The current coalition is still dominating the polls, but many are concerned with the rising far-right movement.

The question is :

Can Norway face the similar scenario of France and the UK, where the general public backed up more liberal governments?

3. Who Is More Likely To Win The Norway Election?

As the latest poll has revealed the Labour Party are currently in the lead with 30.6%, the Conservatives with 24.6% and the Progress party with 12.9%.

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4. When, Where and How?

The Norwegian election will take place on the 11th September.

Norway has a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments or minority cabinets.

In Norway, elections are held every second year, alternating between elections for the Parliament and local elections, both of which are held every four years.

Elections in Norway will provide the next test of whether these parties can cope with the responsibility of government

The country’s Progress party, which has made its name on the back of opposition to immigrants and anti-establishment fervour, is one of the first right-wing populist parties in Europe to finish a full term in government.

5. Where Can You Bet On The Norway Election?

The Norway parliamentary election 2017 is proving to be both exciting and full of intrigue.

The results will have a ripple effect on millions of people within Europe. Apart from the Norwegians, you too can have a say on who you think will win the election.

Although there are 8 parties to choose from, the top 3 are pretty clear and will be highly profitable if the right stakes are placed.

At Leo Vegas, a leader within the betting industry issued odds a few months back and since have updated them daily, providing punters with the best possible odds on this unique and entertaining betting market.

As it stands the most popular and lucrative betting is the party that will win. The odds at Leo Vegas are:

  • Labour ( AP)- 1.15
  • Conservative ( H)- 4.50
  • Progress Party ( FRP)- 34.00
  • Centre Party ( SP)- 41.00
  • Any Other Party- 101.00

They also have two other betting markets:

  • Candidate to be appointed Prime Minister after the election
  • Party/ Coalition to form government after the election

Betfair is another well-known bookmaker that is offering markets on the Norway election.

The most seats betting odds for the top three parties are:

  • Labour: 1.23
  • Conservative: 3.0
  • Progress Party: 7.4


The Norway Parliamentary election 2017 is definitely one to keep an eye out on.

Here at Alpha Sports Betting will keep you updated with the news and latest betting odds.

Although this will be a close election race, the top parties are pretty clear, therefore you could make quite the profit from what may seem as a trivial betting market.

Get betting on the future of Europe today.

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