The Storting

Norway's parliament is called the Storting. The Storting has 169 members representing eight political parties. About two thirds are men and one third are women.

Norway is divided into 19 counties, and all MPs represent their own county. The voting system is called Proportional Representation, which means each county elects a number of MPs from several parties according to the number of votes cast by its voters. The capital Oslo has the most MPs (17).

Elections are held every four years, and every Norwegian over the age of 18 has the right to vote. The largest parties are the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet), the Conservatives (Høyre) and the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet). The parliament building is situated in central Oslo, facing the Royal Palace across a park. 




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Did You Know?

The entrance to the Storting is flanked by two stone lions, which give the approach to the building its popular name of  Løvebakken ('Lion Hill').

Norway has the most women MPs in Europe.