The Norwegian Greens Miljøpartiet De Grønne have scored historic results in local elections on Monday with a significant increase compared to the last elections four years ago.  In the capital Oslo, they nearly doubled their vote share and now claim over 15% of the vote.

“The 2019 election is a watershed in Nowegian politics. The election marks a definite breakthrough for the green movement in Norway. The political landscape is changing, and the Greens are here to stay. The Norwegian Green Party has claimed the position as a leading party within the green movement as we have seen in other European countries. This is only the beginning. In 2021, we’ll work towards making climate action the main political project for Norway’s next government,” said the national spokesperson Arild Hermstad.

“This year’s election has proved to be an election for better climate action, and the Greens have changed Norway forever. Our climate is changing right now, and we need to change with it. We are running out of time. All over the world, we’re seeing green politicians fighting for the same cause as us. I have never been more optimistic than I am today,” said Lan Marie Berg, the vice Mayor for Environment and Transportation in Oslo.

The European Green Party co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer congratulated the Norwegian Greens on an extremely successful campaign which has delivered unprecedented results along the length of the country.