Socialist People's Party (Norway)

The Socialist People's Party (Norwegian: Sosialistisk Folkeparti) was a splinter group of the Norwegian Labour Party (DNA) founded in 1961. SF was principally dissatisfied with the pro-NATO/European Economic Community external policies of DNA. A group centered on the magazine Orientering had been expelled from DNA. The party merged into the Socialist Left Party in 1976.[1]

Socialist People's Party
Sosialistisk Folkeparti
Founded16 April 1961
Dissolved30 April 1976
Split fromLabour Party
Merged intoSocialist Left Party
Youth wingSocialist Youth League (1963–69)
Socialist People's Youth (from 1969)
Popular socialism
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationSocialist Electoral League (1973–75)

History Edit

In the mid-1960s the youth organization of SF, Socialist Youth League (Sosialistisk Ungdomsfylking), started moving towards revolutionary Marxism, leading to a split in 1969. The SUF broke away, renamed itself SUF(m-l) and launched the Workers' Communist Party (Marxist–Leninist) (which merged with the Red Electoral Alliance in 2007 to launch the new Red Party).

Following the split, Socialist People's Youth (Sosialistisk Folkepartis Ungdom) became the new SF youth wing. SF lost parliamentary representation in 1969, but in 1972 a DNA MP, Arne Kielland, joined SF.

SF was the driving force behind the formation of Socialist Electoral League, which later emerged into Socialist Left Party. SV can be seen as the direct successor of the SF.

Parliamentary election results Edit

Year Percentage of votes MPs
1961 2.4% 2
1965 6.0% 2
1969 3.4% 0

SF party leaders Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Sosialistisk Folkeparti". Store norske leksikon. 07 October 2011.