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1879 Norwegian parliamentary election

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Parliamentary elections were held in Norway in 1879.[1] The elections were not held on a specific date, as the various cities and Amts held the election at their own choice.[2] Instead, the elections stretched from June to several months later.[2] Voting rights were highly limited, as women were not allowed to vote and there were strong restrictions on men's ability to vote.[2] It has been estimated that only 2.5% of the population of Christiania (Oslo), and 4.6% of the national population, was eligible to vote.[2][3] The national election turnout was 48.7% (85% in Christiania), and 114 representatives were elected for the Norwegian Parliament,[3] an increase of three seats compared to the Storting elected in 1876.[4]

While there were no official parties, two informal groups existed, namely Venstre, or "the Liberals" (de liberale), and Høire.[2] The latter list was called Aftenpostens og Morgenbladets liste in Christiania.[2] The Venstre opposition, led by Johan Sverdrup, gained popularity particularly in the districts, while Høire remained the most popular in the cities.[2] In Christiania, the Aftenpostens og Morgenbladets liste won about 1,800 of the votes, while Venstre won about 600.[2]


Party Votes % Seats
Independents 100 114
Invalid/blank votes
Total 42,430 100 114
Registered voters/turnout 87,173 48.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, NSSDS[4]


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1437 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h V., C. (5 July 1949). "Da hare 2,5 prosent av Kristianias innbyggere hadde stemmerett: Et 70-års minne". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b "25.2 Stortingsvalg. Personer med stemmerett, avgitte stemmer og valgte representanter". Statistics Norway (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b Storting composition 1814-1903 Norwegian Social Science Data Services
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