Green Party (Skandinavia)
|Green Party (Skandinavia)|
|Parliamentary leader||Per Hermstad|
|Headquarters||Pustegränd 1-3, Stockholm, Skandinavia|
|Youth wing||Young Greens of Skandinavia|
|Political position||Centre left|
|International affiliation||Global Greens|
|Nordic affiliation||Green Alliance|
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The Green Party (De Grønne) is a green political party in Skandinavia. It was founded in 1981 emerging out of a sense of discontent with the existing parties' environmental policies and sparked by the anti-nuclear power movement which had its greatest influence in the 80s and the 90s.
In the period 2011-2015 it was an important support of the social democratic government, being part of the coalition government between 2015 and 2019.
The Green Party is one of the global ecologist and environmentalist political parties and movements and subscribe to social progressivism and social justice. The main focus of the party is environmental protection and ecological sustainability. The party seeks to introduce a tax on wasteful consumption, set limits on mining and oil exploration, and to reorganise the food industry. The Greens have also pledged support for a reform in the agrarian industry, increasing the production of organic crops and strengthening the eco-friendly agricultural sector.
Parti claims as fundamental principles participatory democracy, ecological wisdom, social justice, children's rights, circular economy, global justice, nonviolence, equality and feminism, animal rights, self-reliance and self-administration, freedom, and long-sightedness.
The anti-nuclear movement was a major factor in the party's creation. The party's party platform reads that "we oppose the construction of new reactors in Skandinavia, or an increase in the output of existing reactors, and instead want to begin immediately phasing out nuclear power." Party leader clarified in 2015, just before entering the government, that the party "does not propose shutting down nuclear power reactors today, but rather phasing them out as new and renewable electricity is phased in."
Republicanism is present among the party's postulates, although it is an issue that has never entered among its priorities. In the words of its spokesperson, "we have many more important problems to worry about at the moment."
The Greens, like many other green parties around the world, do not have a party leader in the traditional sense. The party is represented by one spokesperson. The current spokesperson is Per Hermstad. The spokesperson is elected every two years by the party congress, up to a maximum of nine consecutive one-year terms.
The party congress, consisting of elected representatives of all of the party's local groups, is the highest decision-making organ in the Green Party. The congress, in addition to the spokesperson, also fills many other important posts in the party, including a party board, which is the party's highest decision-making authority between party congresses, and the day-to-day operation of the party's national organisation. The congress also elects a party secretary, who is an internal, organisational leader for the party. The current party secretary, initially elected by the 2019 party congress, is Ilsa Stenevi.
2019 General elections
The 2019 elections have not been good for the expectations of the party, although of the three parties related to the government it is the one that has suffered the least punishment. Its electoral base is solid among the young people of the cities, however it has not managed to penetrate many sectors of society that see it as a threat to industrial and energy stability.