Dataset: Local Election Survey 1999


This survey was conducted in relation with the municipal and county elections in 1999. The purpose of the survey is to elucidate people's views of local elections and local democracies. The survey can also provide increased understanding of the individual voter's views of events in Norwegian municipalities.

The survey was commissioned by the Institute of Social Research, by Tor Bjørklund, and was financed by the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government.  
In 1995, Statistics Norway conducted a similar survey, also commissioned by ISF. The results of this survey are presented in Tor Bjørklund's book: "Valget i 1995 i lys av sosiale og politiske endringer".  

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Variable Groups

Full Title

Local Election Survey 1999

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Statistisk sentralbyrå SSB


Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Statistics Norway/Øyangen, Irene SSB Project responsible
Statistics Norway/Opdahl, Stein SSB Councellor


Copyright (C) 2000 Statistics Norway

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
Institute of Social Research/Bjørklund Tor ISF
Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government KRD

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS NSD

Series Name

Norwegian Election Studies

Series Information

The Local Elections Surveys are conducted three times, in 1995, 1999 and 2003. The objective of the surveys is to elucidate different aspects of the local democracy; the election and election campaign, political interest and participation.


Date: 2009-02-03


Data from Statistics Norway are documented and prepared , second NSD edition

Bibliographic Citation

"Local Election Survey 1999". Data collected by Statistics Norway. Second NSD edition, Bergen 2009

List of Keywords

Topic Classification

Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
1999 1999

Date of Collection

Start End Cycle
1999-09-14 1999-10-22


Norway  (NO)

Geographic Coverage


Geographic Unit

Part of country

Unit of Analysis



Persons that are eligible to vote in municipal elections and county elections in 1999.

Kind of Data

Survey data

Time Method


Data Collector

Statistisk sentralbyrå  (SSB)

Sampling Procedure

The sample for the "Local Election Survey 1999" consists of 4323 persons in the ages of 18 - 79 years and that were eligible to vote in the local elections. In order to obtain knowledge of changes in the electorate, parts of the sample are drawn from the gross sample of the Local Election Survey in 1995. This panel consisted of 2100 persons. The real panel was supplemented with persons that had reached vote eligibility since 19995, as well as immigrants with the right to vote. In total, the panel was upplemented with 153 persons. In addition, a new sample of 2070 persons were drawn amongst persons from 18 to 79 years. Both the panel and the new sample were drawn across six pre-defined strata.

Gross sample (excluding non-eligibles): 4 323 persons
Net sample: 3193 persons
Response rate: 74,4 %

Mode of Data Collection

Telephone interview


Three things makes weighting necessary
a) The drawing probability is unequal across the six strata
b) Election participation correlates with drop-out, as well as a range of other variables, of which there exist good population data. Thus, post-stratification for the most important variables, to make the sample more in accordance with the population, is possible.
c) Relocation can be corrected
VEKT1: Inverse drawing probability by stratum
VEKT2: Stratum x gender x age
VEKT3: Stratum x gender x age x census control


Availability Status

Data from ”Local Election Survey 1999” are made available for research purposes given a written application.

Extent of Collection

One datafile; different formats can be made.


Data from "Local Election Survey 1999" are made available for research purposes given a written application.

Citation Requirement

Users are obliged to refer to producer and distributor of the data by writing the following in  forewords or footnotes in eventual publications:
“(Some of) the data applied in the analysis in this publication are based on "Local Election Survey 1999". The survey was financed by Institute of Social Research (ISF) and the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government.The data are provided by Statistics Norway, and prepared and made available by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). Neither ISF, the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government, Statistics Norway nor NSD are responsible for the analyses/interpretation of the data presented here.”

Deposit Requirement

Access to data is given on the condition that NSD gets three copies, alternatively a PDF-file, of eventual reports that are written on the basis of the data. This to ensure best possible information of the use of data we distribute.


Application for access to the data has to include name, institutional affiliation, project title, information about sources of financing, postal address. A declaration of secrecy has to be signed before delivery of data.


Neither ISF, the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government, Statistics Norway nor NSD are responsible for the analyses/interpretation of the data presented here.

Related Studies

Local Election Survey 2003

Local Election Survey 1995

Related Publications

Lokalvalgsundersøkelsen 1999. Dokumentasjonsrapport

Øyangen, I. (2000). Lokalvalgsundersøkelsen 1999. Dokumentasjonsrapport. Notat 2000/11, Statistisk sentralbyrå.

Lokalvalgundersøkelsene 1995-2007

Otterbekk, S. R., L. Rose, J. Saglie (2010) Lokalvalgundersøkelsene 1995-2007, Dokumentasjonsrapport, ISF 2010:008, Institutt for samfunnsforskning


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