Prime Minister of Norway

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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 (Bokmål)
Noregs statsminister (Nynorsk)
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Jonas Gahr Støre

since 14 October 2021
Member ofCouncil of State
Reports toThe Storting
SeatRegjeringskvartalet, Oslo
NominatorThe previous prime minister
AppointerMonarch of Norway on the advice of the previous prime minister or the president of the Storting
Term lengthNo fixed term
Serves as long as the incumbent does not have the majority of the Storting against them.
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Norway
Inaugural holderPeder Anker
Formation17 May 1814
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister
Salaryannual: 1,735,682 NOK
WebsitePrime Minister's Office

Norway has a constitution, which was adopted on 17 May 1814.[1] 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 Jonas Gahr Støre, of the Labour Party, replacing Erna Solberg of Conservative Party, who resigned in October 2021.

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 2920 7 years, 11 months and 28 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 2021, five former prime ministers are alive:

See alsoEdit


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

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