Conservative Party of Norway

The Conservative Party (Høyre, H, meaning "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. It had had a historically bad election in 2005, when the party only got 14,1 percent of the votes, 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 right-wing orientation, Høyre's social policies are quite liberal, with the party's programme supporting liberal policies such as gay adoption rights and marriage. Høyre is also strongly in favour of Norwegian membership in the European Union.


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%

List of Party Chairmen and Leaders

Unge Høyre

Main article: Unge Høyre

Høyre has its own youth wing called Unge Høyre. The leader of The Young Conservatives is Henrik Asheim, who followed Torbjørn Røe Isaksen. The youth wing was founded in 1922.


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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