A record number of women are topping this year’s electoral lists in Norway

Guri MelbyPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Never before have so many women topped the lists for parliamentary elections in Norway. 76 out of the 170 list leaders in the nine political parties ahead of the parliamentary elections are women.

That is five more than in the election in 2017, a survey conducted by Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) shows. In total, women now make up 44% of list leaders.

The trend is clear, election researcher Bjarte Folkestad at Volda University College says.

“The figures fit into a trend where the proportion of women has increased slowly. It is moving in the direction of more equality. We are still some distance away from 50%, but research shows that voters want women at the top,” he says.

The Socialist Left Party (SV) is the party with the most women, 14 out of 19, at the top of the lists. It is followed by the Labor Party (AP), the Center Party (SP), and the Green Party (MDG) with ten, the Conservatives (H) with nine, the Liberal Party (L) with eight, and the Christian Democrats (KrF) with six, a review NTB has done of the NRK figures shows.

The Progress Party (FRP) currently has only one female list leader. But in Oslo, the question of who will top the list has not been decided after Siv Jensen announced earlier this year that she is resigning as party leader.

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