Venstre is Norways oldest political party, founded on 28th January 1884. Johan Sverdrup, Venstres first party leader, is generally given the credit for introducing the parliamentary system in Norway.
Venstre is based on the liberal ideology. Social liberalism emerged in the nineteenth century with the demands of social justice and real freedom for all. When Venstre was estblished in 1884, freedom for the individual and responsibility for each other was at the core of liberalism. Venstre fought political battles to achieve greater freedom of religion, to introduce the jury system in courts and to extend voting rights. Throughout its history, Venstre has been responsible for major social reforms, such as state schooling, freedom of religion, universal suffrage and gender equality. The biggest social reform of the twentieth century, national insurance, was introduced in 1967 using Venstres model.
There is still a great deal that separates a social liberal party from others. To the left, we have socialism and the social democracy, representing a strong state and sentralised political government. This inhibits the indivdual freedom and responsibility. To the right, we have conservatism and libertarianism, demanding less political governance and community, and thus creating a foundation for public poverty and major social differences.
Venstre is Norways social liberal party. A liberal policy is the best opportunity to solve the challenges of the future. Venstre prioritises education, environment, small business and welfare.