Coastal Party

Kystpartiet ( German The shore party, abbreviation Kp) is a conservative political party in Norway. It is in some municipal councils, but not currently in the national parliament, the Storting, represented.


The predecessor organizations of Kystpartiet included primarily district policy and EU - critical groups such as the Alliance Borgerlig mot EU ( Civil against the EU). After the nationwide referendum on accession of Norway to the European Union, which in 1994 was rejected by a majority, there was the later party founder 's view, not a political organization in Norway, which represented the popular will consistently on this issue. At the same time complained fishermen and farmers in northern Norway one of their opinion too centralist course in Norwegian politics, which did not consider the needs of the peripheral regions sufficient. A loose alliance of EU opponents and called kystopprørere (literally Coast Rebel) therefore decided to call his own party to life.

Since the lapse of time before the general election in 1997 could not be met, the initiative initially joined the list Tverrpolitisk Folkevalgte, a free and also Eurosceptic group of voters. Top candidate on this list was a native of fishermen and whalers Brønnøysund Steinar Bastesen who made ​​the jump to the Storting immediately. Due to his profession and his political priorities list in the media frequently than Fiskerlisten (Fischer list) was called. After two years of parliamentary work hand Bastesen on the old plan and founded on 1 February 1999 an independent party that has since named Kystpartiet. On 24 September 1999, the party and its name from the notary Politicus in Norway were officially recognized. In 2001, the party first appeared under the name of Kystpartiet for national parliamentary election and was able to defend their only mandate.

Bastesen functioned between 1999 and 2005 as chairman of the party. After internal disputes he was replaced by Roy Libra 2005. Since 2007, Kjell Ivar Vesta leads the party. Because " disloyal behavior " Bastesen was excluded in 2008 from the party. At this time, the boiling point was 800 members.


The Kystpartiet sees himself as a " conservative values ​​Centre Party ." It is based in their own words in democratic, humanistic and Christian values ​​and makes it his mission to protect "the family, local interests and the nation." Other key frame values ​​for the party are the ecology and sustainability.

Due to its historical roots, the party heavily involved in the fisheries policy. It strives to ensure that fish stocks are managed and regulated at the Norwegian coast " regardless of agreements with other countries." Great " ownership concentration " she also rejects as access opportunities globally operating, foreign companies on the Norwegian market. Tax policy is intended to allow fishermen to own their own ship and keep it profitable. The crew on trawlers should consist of at least 50 percent of Norwegian citizens.

Agriculture is pursuing according to the ideas of the party the goal of a " pure Norwegian food production " to which make the land independently from abroad. Ecological products are, if they are in demand to prioritize. At the same time, the party supports the development of sustainable tourism in line with principles of nature conservation.

In the power industry is to prevent " the privatization and sale of the Norwegian hydropower system." The hydroelectric power as an environmentally friendly source of energy should be used preferentially in the future. In addition, the party advocates the use of renewable resources such as solar, wind and wave power. They favored smaller production capacities. The Norwegian oil and gas production will not question; However, plans an offshore oil production near the island of Lofoten and Vesterålen is the party for environmental reasons against hostile.

In accordance with their political principles, the district Kystpartiet calls a " decentralization of public jobs," ie an appropriate outsourcing in favor of districts and improvement of infrastructure in underdeveloped regions, among other things, by the means of the national oil fund.

The party wants to " limit or control " immigration to Norway. A country's membership of the EU, it is still against strictly.

Election results

The fact that the party has its base in Northern Norway, is clearly to read the election results. When she first took under her name in the parliamentary elections in 2001, they won in the northern Fylker a disproportionate number of votes. With a vote share of 10.9 percent in Nordland succeeded Steinar Bastesen to defend his previously -won for the Tverrpolitisk Folkevalgte mandate. Nationally, the party received 44,010 votes, representing a share of 1.7 percent.

At the 2005 general election the party first appeared in all 19 Fylker, including in the two provinces ( Hedmark, Oppland ), which have no coastal area. Nevertheless, the party only reached a vote share of 0.8 percent and lost her seat in the Storting. 59 percent of all the votes they won in this election in the three northern Fylker Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. The negative trend continued in the parliamentary elections of 2009. The party lost heavily, especially in their stronghold Northern Norway votes and only came up with a share of 0.2 percent.

After the local elections in 2007 the party was represented in 20 local councils. In Loppa and Skjervøy she asked the mayor, in Lurøy, Torsken and Kvænangen the Deputy Mayor.