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All 165 seats to the Norwegian Parliament
83 seats were needed for a majority
Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 14 and 15 September 1997. Prior to the election Prime Minister Thorbjørn Jagland of the Labour Party had issued the 36.9 ultimatum declaring that the government would step down unless it gained 36.9% of the vote, the percentage gained by the Labour Party in 1993 under Gro Harlem Brundtland. Whilst Labour won a plurality of seats, they were unable to reach Jagland's 36.9% threshold, gaining 35% of the vote.
As a result of this, the Labour government stepped down, being replaced by a centrist coalition of the Christian People's Party, Liberal Party and the Centre Party, with Kjell Magne Bondevik being appointed Prime Minister, and confidence and supply support from the Conservative Party and the right-wing Progress Party.
|Christian People's Party||353,082||13.7||25||+12|
|Socialist Left Party||155,307||6.0||9||–4|
|Red Electoral Alliance||43,252||1.7||0||–1|
|Environment Party The Greens||5,884||0.2||0||0|
|Natural Law Party||2,207||0.1||0||0|
|Christian Conservative Party||1,386||0.1||0||0|
|New Future Coalition Party||491||0.0||0||0|
|White Electoral Alliance||463||0.0||0||New|
|Liberal People's Party||258||0.0||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver, European Elections Database|
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