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Facebook is not about stimulating Democracy

OPINION: Facebook is a social media outlet designed to make money on user traffic and attention--stimulating democracy is not part of the business model. But censoring freedom of speech, may well be.

Young political candidates are gaining ground

Researchers look at the effects of giving 16-year olds the right to vote in selected municipalities.

Internet sparks local political engagement

Social media are among the new forms of e-democracy that are taking hold in Norway and elsewhere. And the public increasingly expects online access to their politicians and communities.

Polished election campaigns fail to deliver the votes

Norway is the Nordic country with the lowest voter participation rate in municipal and county elections. A Swedish study indicates that political parties fail to raise their standings.

In politics, bad publicity is not better than no publicity

Constant presence in the media damages the government's approval ratings, shows new study.

Who’s talking politics in Norway?

Good old political discourse is holding up even with all the new media. But the media pays little attention to interpersonal political conversations.

Youth grow more politically active – but vote like mum and dad

Teenagers and young adults are starting to get involved in politics again. But they aren’t radical like they were in the 1960s.

The Sámi in Norway have more influence on politics than the Swedish Sámi

The Norwegian Sámi Parliament has both more influence and independence than its Swedish equivalent

From voting to legal action

Lawsuits are set to gain in importance over the ballot box as internationalisation gathers pace.