Prime Minister of Norway

This is a descriptive article. For a list, see List of heads of government of Norway.

The prime minister of Norway (Norwegian: statsminister, which directly translates to "minister of state") is the head of government and chief executive of Norway. The prime minister and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior government department heads) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the monarch, to the Storting (Parliament of Norway), to their political party, and ultimately the electorate. In practice, since it is nearly impossible for a government to stay in office against the will of the Storting, the prime minister is primarily answerable to the Storting. The prime minister is almost always the leader of the majority party in the Storting, or the leader of the senior partner in the governing coalition.

Prime Minister of Norway
Norges statsminister
(Norwegian Bokmål)
Noregs statsminister
(Norwegian Nynorsk)
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Erna Solberg, Wesenberg, 2011 (1).jpg
Erna Solberg

since 16 October 2013
StyleHer Excellency (diplomatic)
ResidenceInkognitogata 18
SeatOffice of the Prime Minister at:
Regjeringskvartalet (formerly)
Akershus Fortress (temporary) Oslo, Norway
AppointerThe monarch
Term lengthNo term limits.
General elections are held every four years. The prime minister is by convention the leader of the party with majority support in parliament.
Inaugural holderFrederik Stang (generally regarded as the first incumbent)
Salary1,856,000 NOK[1]
WebsiteGovernment official homepage

Norway has a constitution, which was adopted on 17 May 1814.[2] The position of prime minister is the result of legislation. Modern prime ministers have few statutory powers, but provided they can command the support of their parliamentary party, they can control both the legislature and the executive (the cabinet) and hence wield considerable de facto powers. As of 2021, the prime minister of Norway is Erna Solberg, of the Conservative Party.

Unlike their counterparts in the rest of Europe, Norwegian prime ministers do not have the option of advising the king to dissolve the Storting and call a snap election. The constitution requires that the Storting serve out its full four-year term. If the prime minister loses the confidence of the Storting, they must resign.

Longest-serving prime ministersEdit

Nr. Prime minister Party Days Years, months, days
1. Einar Gerhardsen Labour Party 6226 17 years and 17 days
2. Johan Nygaardsvold Labour Party 3750 10 years, 3 months and 5 days
3. Gro Harlem Brundtland Labour Party 3691 10 years, 1 month and 9 days
4. Jens Stoltenberg Labour Party 3518 9 years, 7 months and 17 days
5. Gunnar Knudsen Liberal Party 3383 9 years, 3 months and 4 days
6. Erna Solberg Conservative Party 2807 7 years, 8 months and 7 days
7. Johan Ludwig Mowinckel Liberal Party 2517 6 years, 10 months and 21 days
8. Kjell Magne Bondevik Christian Democratic Party 2341 6 years, 4 months and 29 days
9. Johannes Steen Liberal Party 2311 6 years, 3 months and 30 days
10. Per Borten Centre Party 1982 5 years, 5 months and 5 days
11. Odvar Nordli Labour Party 1847 5 years and 20 days

Living former prime ministersEdit

As of June 2021, five former prime ministers are alive:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ " Pay Check". IG.
  2. ^ "NORWAY'S STRUGGLE WITH HER KING" (PDF). The New York Times. 11 November 1882.

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