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stortingscrape is an R package for retrieving data from the Norwegian parliament (Stortinget) through their easily accessible back-end API. The data requested using the package require little to no further structuring. The scope of the package ranges from general data on the parliament itself (rules, session info, committees, etc) to data on the parties, bibliographies of the MPs, questions, hearings, debates, votes, and more.

The main goal of stortingscrape is to allow researchers to access any data from the Norwegian parliament easily, but also still be able to structure the data according to ones need. Most importantly, the package is facilitated for weaving together different parts of the API.


The package can be installed either by cloning this repository and building the package in R or by installing via the devtools::install_github() function:


Usage example

Request all interpellations for a parliamentary session:

sessions <- get_parlsessions()
qsesh <- get_session_questions(sessions$id[9], q_type = "interpellasjoner")

library(pbmcapply) # for progress bar. never use paralell on scraping

int1213 <- pbmclapply(qsesh$id, function(x){

  get_question(x, good_manners = 2)

}, mc.cores = 1) # do not increase number of cores!

int1213 <-, int1213)

Get biographies of all MPs for a given parliamentary period (will take \~30min to run):

parl_periods <- get_parlperiods()

mps <- get_parlperiod_mps(parl_periods$id[1], substitute = TRUE)

mps_bios <- pbmclapply(mps$id, function(x) get_mp_bio(x, good_manners = 2), mc.cores = 1) # do not increase number of cores!

# Expand by all periods the MP has been in parliament
mps_periods <- lapply(mps_bios, function(x){



mps_periods <-, mps_periods)

# Expand by all positions held in parliament
mps_positions <- lapply(mps_bios, function(x){

  if(nrow(x$parl_positions) < 1) return()



mps_positions <-, mps_positions)

Data description

The data is described in detail in the API of Stortinget. The package will implement English translations of this documentation in the future.

List of functions currently implemented

You can find a list of all functions here.

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stortingscrape documentation built on March 31, 2023, 10:30 p.m.