The Conservative Party or The Right (Bokmål: Høyre, Nynorsk: Høgre, lit.'Right', H; Northern Sami: Olgešbellodat) is a liberal-conservative political party in Norway.[5][6] It is the major party of the Norwegian centre-right,[7][8][9] and was the leading party in government as part of the Solberg cabinet from 2013 to 2021. The current party leader is former Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The party is a member of the International Democrat Union and an associate member of the European People's Party.

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Conservative Party
Høyre
AbbreviationH
LeaderErna Solberg
Parliamentary leaderTrond Helleland
Founded25 August 1884
HeadquartersStortingsgaten 20
0161 Oslo (Høyres hus)
Youth wingNorwegian Young Conservatives
LGBT wingÅpne Høyre[1]
Membership (2020) 29,690[2]
IdeologyLiberal conservatism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationEuropean People's Party (associate)
International affiliationInternational Democrat Union
Nordic affiliationConservative Group
Colours  Blue
Slogan"Vi tror på Norge"
(We believe in Norway)[3]
Storting
36 / 169
County councils
167 / 777
Municipal councils[4]
1,954 / 10,620
Sámi Parliament
0 / 39
Website
høyre.no
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The party is traditionally a pragmatic and moderately conservative party strongly associated with the traditional elites within the civil service and Norwegian business life. During the 20th century, the party has advocated economic liberalism, tax cuts, individual rights, support of monarchism, the Church of Norway and the Armed Forces, anti-communism, pro-Europeanism, and support of the Nordic model; over time, the party's values have become more socially liberal in areas such as gender equality, LGBT rights, and immigration and integration issues, and the party is relatively secular despite its nominal support for the Church of Norway; the party defines itself as a party pursuing a "conservative progressive policy based on Christian cultural values, constitutional government and democracy".[10][11] In line with its Western bloc alignment during the Cold War era, the party strongly supports NATO, which Norway co-founded, and has consistently been the most outspokenly pro-European Union party in Norway,[12][13] supporting Norwegian membership during both the 1972 and 1994 referendums.[14]

The Conservative Party traditionally caters to the educated elite; it has the most highly educated voters of all parties, and is the most popular party among elite groups.[15][16] In the postwar era, the party formed a grand consensus with the Labour Party regarding foreign and security policy—frequently expressed by the maxim "the foreign policy is settled" (utenrikspolitikken ligger fast)—that led Norway to co-found NATO and enter into a close alliance with the United States, and the parties' economic policies have gradually become more similar. Both parties are pragmatic, relatively technocratic, anti-populist, and close to the political centre.[17] The party supports the Nordic model but also a certain amount of semi-privatisation through state-funded private services.[18]

Founded in 1884, the Conservative Party is the second-oldest political party in Norway after the Liberal Party.[19] In the interwar era, one of the main goals for the party was to achieve a centre-right alliance against the growing labour movement, when the party went into decline. In the post-war era until 2005, the party participated in six governments: two 1960s national governments (Lyng's Cabinet and Borten's Cabinet); one 1980s Conservative Party minority government (Willoch's First Cabinet); two 1980s three-party governments (Willoch's Second Cabinet and Syse's Cabinet); in the 2000s Bondevik's Second Cabinet; and from 2013 to 2021 it was the dominant partner in a coalition government that also included the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Party.[18]