The fall session of this year’s Norwegian Parliament boasts one of the world’s youngest national assemblies of elected representatives. Only Sweden, Finland and Ecuador have government bodies made up of representatives with a younger average age.
State broadcaster NRK reported on Tuesday, when the Parliament (Stortinget) opened for the 163rd time, that fully 10 percent of Norwegian MPs are under the age of 30. That compares to figures from the international union of parliaments (IPU) that show only 2 percent of all the MPs in the world as being under 30.
Ragnhild Muriaas, a professor at the University of Bergen, noted that Norwegian political parties form lists of members that can be candidates for Parliament. The lists are meant to reflect the population in general, so that various groups feel represented. That can bring down average ages, while it also doesn’t cost much for individuals to take part in election campaigns, making it easier for young people to participate.
NRK reported that MPs aged 45 to 64 remain overrepresented in Norway Parliament, however, and only five MPs have minority background.