Socialist People's Party (Norway)
Socialist People's Party (in Norwegian
Norwegian language
Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken primarily in Norway, where it is the official language. Together with Swedish and Danish, Norwegian forms a continuum of more or less mutually intelligible local and regional variants .These Scandinavian languages together with the Faroese language...

: Sosialistisk Folkeparti) was a splinter group of the Norwegian Labour Party
Norwegian Labour Party
The Labour Party is a social-democratic political party in Norway. It is the senior partner in the current Norwegian government as part of the Red-Green Coalition, and its leader, Jens Stoltenberg, is the current Prime Minister of Norway....

 (DNA). SF was principally dissatisfied with the pro-NATO/European Economic Community
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 external policies of DNA. A group centered around the magazine Orientering had been expelled from DNA. SF was founded in 1961.

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)
Workers' Communist Party (Norway)
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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
Socialist Left Party (Norway)
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. SV can be seen as the direct successor of the SF.

Election results, parliamentary elections 1961-1969

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

SF party leaders

  • 1961-1969 : Knut Løfsnes
    Knut Løfsnes
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  • 1969-1971 : Torolv Solheim
    Torolv Solheim
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  • 1971-1973 : Finn Gustavsen
    Finn Gustavsen
    Finn Gustavsen was a Norwegian socialist politician active from 1945 to the late 1970s. He was noted for his uncompromising style and willingness to take contrarian stands....

  • 1973-1975 : Stein Ørnhøi
    Stein Ørnhøi
    Stein Ørnhøi is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party, he was the last party leader of the Socialist People's Party of Norway....

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