Christian Democratic Party
Published 22nd August, 2013
The Christian Democratic Party or Kristelig Folkeparti (KrF) was founded in 1933 as a regional non-socialist Christian oriented organisation. The party describes itself as Centrist and believes in Christian democracy, Social conservatism and Euroscepticism.
The party returned its first member to the Storting in 1933, increased that to two in 1936 and became an established national party in 1939.
In 1945 the party won eight seats and by 1977 had increased its representation in the 155 seat Storting to 22 seats. From there it gently declined in popularity to just 13 seats in 1993 but jumped to 25 seats, its best performance ever, in 1997. That led to its leader, Kjell Magne Bondevik becoming Prime Minister and forming a government with the Centre and Liberal Parties until 2000. Although not the largest party in the coalition, Kjell Magne Bondevik formed a second government led by the Conservatives once more in 2001 to 2005.
Since then the party has declined to 22 seats in 2001, 11 seats in 2005 and 10 seats in 2009.
The current leader of the party is Knut Arild Hareide.
The Christian Democratic Party is a member of the Centrist Democrat International and an observer member of the European People’s Party (EPP).