Socialist Left Party

Published 22nd August, 2013

The Socialist Left Party or Sosialistisk Venstreparti (SV) was founded in March 1975 as the successor to the Socialist Electoral Alliance which had brought together the Communist Party of Norway, the Socialist People’s Party and the Left Social Democratic Organisation. The Socialist Electoral Alliance had been a cooperative effort to fight Norwegian membership of the European Community during the 1972 referendum. The party describes itself as Left-wing and believes in Democratic socialism, Eco-socialism and Euroscepticism.

The party won 16 of the 155 seats in the Storting in its first electoral test in 1975. It dropped to two seats in 1977 but then steadily rose to 28 seats in 1993. In 1997 the party dropped once more to nine seats but in 2001 won 23 seats, partly on the back of the unpopularity of the Labour Party at that time. In 2005 they were part of the Red-Green Coalition and won 15 seats but declined again to 11 seats in 2009.

Their current leader is Audun Lysbakken.

The Socialist Left Party is a member of the Nordic Green Left Alliance.

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