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Q: Norway elections ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Norway elections
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: jhowe_3677-ga
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Posted: 29 Jul 2005 20:34 PDT
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Question ID: 549681
According to The Norwegian Election Law (The Representation of the
People Act) Article 6-1 (2) "all candidates shall be listed with their
forename(s), surname and year of birth. Information about the
candidates' occupation or residence may be shown."

This last piece of information -- "Information about the candidates'
occupation or residence" -- must then be collected. Where can this be
found? (in any form, for any election)
Subject: Re: Norway elections
Answered By: blazius-ga on 31 Jul 2005 12:52 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Brief answer:
The political entities behind the electoral lists already have this
information in their files, but some get the information from gossip
magazines or phone directories.

After the election, the information from the electoral lists is stored
with the local/regional electoral authorities for 10 years; they are
then passed on to the National Archives of Norway, where they are kept

Longer answer:
You have referenced the original Norwegian statute "Lov av 28. juni
2002 om valg til Stortinget, fylkesting og kommunestyrer (valgloven)",
 6-1 (  This
particular section describes the requirements of electoral lists.

Your English translation seems to be correct, but it is not complete. 
The original Norwegian text goes on to tell that occupation/residence
details must be included if the name is ambiguous.  Very few
Norwegians have truly unique names ? so most (if not all) electoral
lists include this information.

Both registered political parties and other groups can put up lists at
elections.  The procedure is that they produce proposals for electoral
lists, which are then subject to the approval of the electoral

When a political party/group compiles an electoral list, they will
usually only include active members of that group/party.  The
occupation or residence of the candidates will thus be know or easily
available from the group's member registry.

It happens that small parties/groups add famous (or random!) people to
electoral lists to make an impression that important (or a lot of)
people support their cause.  According to Norwegian law, people can
only reject being on an electoral list if they are member of another
political party (or are listed on another, competing list).

So, it happens that non-members appear on lists.  Usually, these will
be celebrities with a known residence/occupation or random names
picked from a phone directory.  In the last case, it is easy enough to
find their residence, as it is sufficient to indicate the person's
residential municipality ("kommune").

The electoral authorities check electoral lists, and all candidates
receive an official letter telling them that they are a candidate for
the coming election.  If the authority is unable to identify a
candidate (and the entity behind the list is unable to identify them,
as well), the candidate will be removed (and the list may be rejected,
as well).

You can see some examples of this year's electoral lists at  Most of them
indicate only the candidate's municipality ("KOMMUNE"), but some also
lists occupation ("YRKE") or the candidate's postal address.

The electoral lists are covered by the Norwegian Archive statute (Lov
om arkiv,  After the
election, the information from the electoral lists must be stored with
the local electoral authorities for 10 years, after which they are
then passed on to the National Archives of Norway
(, where they are kept

For more information (in English) about the elections in Norway, have
a look at these government websites: and

I hope this answers your question!  If not, please request an answer
clarification before you rate my answer.

Search strategy:
I am a Norwegian citizen and knew most of this information.  The links were useful, as well.

Request for Answer Clarification by jhowe_3677-ga on 06 Aug 2005 05:18 PDT
would you have any leads on how one might obtain (from overseas)
information stored with the local/regional electoral authorities?

Clarification of Answer by blazius-ga on 07 Aug 2005 14:14 PDT
The local electoral authorities ("valgstyret") can be contacted via
the municipal offices - you can find a list of all Norwegian municipal
websites at

The regional electoral authority lies with the county govenor offices
("Fylkesmannen") - see for a list of
their websites.  It would be easiest to contact the regional
authorities for questions regarding national elections.

Almost all these sites have a contact e-mail on the front page; if
not, look for any links named "Kontakt".

Clarification of Answer by blazius-ga on 11 Aug 2005 11:54 PDT
I have found a list of the (postal) addresses to the municipal
electoral authorities:
jhowe_3677-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Norway elections
From: myoarin-ga on 30 Jul 2005 10:17 PDT
Here is a list of the present members  (not the candidates):

I suggest that you use the above site of the Norwegian parliament and simply ask:

I had no luck.  Do you know if the candidates for the coming election
have to be registered at this time.


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