David Nikel | LifeInNorway.Net
Norway’s smaller parties made big gains across the country in the 2019 local elections. The results leave the Labour Party clinging on to power in many of Norway’s biggest cities after their worst electoral night in generations.
The Greens in Oslo, the road toll protest party in Bergen, the collapse of support for Labour in their heartland of Trondheim. Wherever you look, there is a big story in Norway’s 2019 local elections.
The nationwide results
Not all the results are in, but the results so far show a stunning trend. Although these are municipal and county elections, it’s always expected that the main opposition party in Parliament will receive a boost. Not so.
All four of Norway’s governing parties lost votes compared to the last local elections. But the big surprise was the incredible fall in Labour Party (Ap) support all across the country. The pro-local, pro-rural, pro-farming Centre Party (Sp) were the biggest winners, finishing a clear third place in the popular vote.
Also polling well were two parties on opposing sides of the environment argument. The Green Party (MDG) took a lot of the urban vote, while the protest party People’s Action – No To More Road Tolls (FNB) recorded stunning success in Bergen.