Norway 2021 elections: There was a modest decline in voter turnout this year

VotingPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Turnout fell from 78.2% to 77.2% in this autumn’s parliamentary elections compared with the parliamentary elections in 2017.

The strongest decline in turnout was registered in the age group 25 to 44 years, where turnout fell from 74.3% in the previous parliamentary elections to 72% this year, according to figures from Statistics Norway (SSB).

Turnout was highest in the age group 60 to 70 years, with up to 85% of people in the group voting in the election this autumn. According to Statistics Norway, the general and stable trend is that turnout is relatively high for 18-year-olds, it falls until the mid-20s, and then rises steadily towards the 70s.

Among voters over the age of 80, turnout falls significantly, and it is higher among women than men, with a difference of 3%.

The figures also show that 90% of those with a higher degree from a university or college voted in the election this autumn. In comparison, only 60% of those with a primary school education exercised their right to vote.

In 2017, the participation among immigrants was 55%, while in 2021, it was 50%. Turnout increased among immigrants from Nordic and Western European countries, while it decreased among immigrants from African and Asian countries.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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