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Conservative Party of Norway
Leader Erna Solberg
Founder Emil Stang
Parliamentary leader Erna Solberg
Founded 1884
Headquarters Oslo
Youth wing Norwegian Young Conservatives
Membership 25,000[1]
Ideology Liberal conservatism,
Conservative liberalism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European affiliation European People's Party (associate)
Official colours Blue
Politics of Norway
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The Conservative Party (Norwegian: Høyre, H, literally "right") is a Norwegian political party. Founded in 1884, it is Norway's second oldest party. The current leader (since 2004) is Erna Solberg.


History and political platform

The Conservative Party of Norway was founded in 1884 with Emil Stang as its first Chairman. Ever since its creation, Høyre has been one of the larger political parties in Norway. For many years, it was the largest non-socialist party in Norway and has taken part in many governments. It lost this distinction with a historically bad election in 2005, receiving only 14.1 percent of the vote. However, according to the 2007 local elections and various opinion polls, the party is again gaining popularity. It is currently the third largest party in the Norwegian Parliament, Stortinget, after the Norwegian Labour Party and the Progress Party. The party is committed to fiscal free market policies, including tax cuts and little government involvement in the economy. In spite of the party's center-right orientation, Høyre's social policies are quite liberal, with the party's programme supporting liberal policies such as gay adoption rights and marriage. It is also in favour of Norwegian membership in the European Union.



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The party claims 67,000 registered members, organized in about 600 local party units. There are reportedly some 15,000 members active in party affairs. The Central Board of Høyre meets seven times a year to discuss important matters such as budget, organizational work, plans, party platforms, drawing up political lines.

Parliamentary (Storting) elections 1961-2005

Year  % of votes
1961 19.3%
1965 20.3%
1969 18.8%
1973 17.2%
1977 24.5%
1981 31.8%
1985 30.4%
1989 22.2%
1993 17.0%
1997 14.3%
2001 21.2%
2005 14.1%
2009 17.2%

List of party chairmen and leaders

Erna Solberg, the party leader
Headquarters in Oslo


Høyre is an associated member of the European People's Party (EPP) and full member of the International Democrat Union (IDU).

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