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Norwegian municipal and county council elections

Individuals who are not Norwegian citizens may vote in municipal and county council elections, provided that they meet certain criteria.

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During the Norwegian municipal and county council elections, representatives are elected to municipal and county councils across Norway. These elections are held every four years and the next election is due in 2019.The election day is not set by law; it is determined by the King in the Council of State ahead of each election. The election is traditionally held on the second Monday in September.

Who can vote?

For Norwegian citizens, the rules for the right to vote are more or less the same as for parliamentary elections. Specifically, voters must be 18 years of age by the end of the election year, they must not have lost the right to vote in line with Article 53 of The Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway and they must at some point have been registered in the Population Registry as resident in Norway.

Foreign citizens can also vote in the municipal and county council elections in Norway provided that they meet the above criteria and have been registered in the Population Register as resident in Norway for the last three years before the election day. Citizens from another Nordic country who have been registered in the Population Register as resident in Norway since at least 30 June in the election year also have the right to vote in the municipal and county council elections in Norway.

To vote, the voter must be included on a municipality's register of electors on the day of the election. This provision applies both to Norwegian citizens and foreign citizens.

Who can be elected?

To be elected as a representative of a municipal council or county council, the individual must be nominated on the list of candidates running for election. Norwegian citizenship is not required to be eligible for election to a Norwegian municipal and county council, but the individual must have been resident in Norway for at least three years. Individuals must also be registered as resident in the municipality or county for which they are running for election on the election day.

Individuals who have central administrative roles or occupy positions in the municipality or county are not eligible for election in the municipal or county council elections.