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Crown Prince Haakon of Norway explains why the royals don’t vote

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

On Monday, parliamentary elections are held in Norway. The conservative government, which has been in power for eight years, seems to be losing their majority to the Labour Party. Many believe that King Harald and the rest of the Norwegian Royal Family do not have the right to vote, but they do. However, they choose not to utilise their right in order to stay neutral.

Last week, Crown Prince Haakon was on a three-day visit to the Finnmark Defence Forces. In connection with the visit, the Crown Prince spoke to the local newspaper about the election. His Royal Highness said: “We do not vote because we want to represent everyone, and that we should not support one particular view or one political party. It is a bit in our role, and we have actually done so since 1905 when King Haakon came to Norway.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit voted in elections before she married the Crown Prince 20 years ago. In an interview in “Late Night with Thomas and Harald” in 2011, she revealed that voting in elections is something she misses most from her civilian life. When asked by the newspaper “iFinnmark” if the Crown Prince has a comment on his wife’s statement, Crown Prince Haakon answered: “No, I noticed that. And I understand that in a way. But it is still the role we have chosen to take, which I support, and think makes sense.”

When asked if the Crown Prince still follows the election campaign, Crown Prince Haakon answered: “Yes, of course, I do. Because I think that is interesting. I think democracy and how it works is very exciting. That is what I have also studied to a certain extent.”

The next Norwegian parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on Monday, 13 September 2021. All 169 seats in the Norwegian legislature, the Storting, will be up for election. In the previous election, held on 11 September 2017, Erna Solberg of the Conservative Party retained her position as Prime Minister after four years in power. Her premiership additionally received the support of the Progress Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party, who combined secured 88 of the 169 seats in parliament.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.