The Solberg Cabinet was the government of the Kingdom of Norway, headed by Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg as Prime Minister from 16 October 2013 to 14 October 2021. The government was appointed by King Harald V on 16 October 2013 following the parliamentary election on 9 September, consisting of the Conservative Party and the Progress Party as a minority government. On 16 December 2015, the cabinet was re-shuffled. The government secured renewed support following the 2017 parliamentary election. It was expanded on 14 January 2018, when an agreement was reached to include the Liberal Party, and further expanded on 22 January 2019 when the Christian Democratic Party joined the coalition. On 20 January 2020, the Progress Party announced that it would withdraw from the government, citing the decision to bring home the family of a sick child from Syria, which included the child's mother, a Norwegian citizen who had volunteered for the Islamic State.
Cabinet of Norway
|Date formed||16 October 2013|
|Date dissolved||14 October 2021|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Harald V of Norway|
|Head of government||Erna Solberg|
|No. of ministers||20|
|Member party||Conservative Party|
Liberal Party (from 2018)
Christian Democratic Party (from 2019)
Progress Party (2013–2020)
|Status in legislature||Coalition majority government|
Coalition minority government
|Predecessor||Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet|
On 12 October 2021, Solberg handed the government's resignation as a result of the majority against it following the 2021 election. The cabinet functioned as an interim government until the Støre Cabinet was sworn in.
Parliamentary support from 2013 and majority government from 2019Edit
The Government is a centre-right coalition. At its formation in 2013, it consisted of the Conservative Party and the Progress Party, relying on parliamentary support from the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party through a separate agreement giving them influence on policy. The Liberal Party entered the government in January 2018, and so did the Christian Democratic Party in January 2019. The Progress Party left the coalition, the first Government in which it had participated, in January 2020. From January 2018 to January 2020 the coalition held a majority in the Parliament. The government is the first in Norway since 1986 in which centre-right parties have participated in a majority coalition.
By convention, a Norwegian government is usually named after the Prime Minister, in casu the Solberg Cabinet. The Government, however, has officially referred to itself (until the Liberal Party's entering) as the Høyre Frp Cabinet. Informally, it is called the Blue Cabinet and even the Blue Blue Cabinet, referring to Høyre's light blue and the Progress Party's dark blue party colour, respectively.
The Cabinet had 18 ministers; two fewer than the previous Stoltenberg cabinet. It had eleven ministers from the Conservatives and seven from Progress, reflecting the parties' numerical strength in Parliament.
The cabinet had nine men and nine women. Their average age on taking office was 43. Six ministers had studies in economics, four were jurists and four had studies in the humanities or social sciences.
Seven ministers hailed from Western Norway, including Listhaug who now represented Oslo. Seven ministers (including Listhaug) represented Eastern Norway, three ministers represented Trøndelag, one Northern Norway and one Sørlandet. Siv Jensen was the only minister who was born and grew up in Oslo.
On 16 December 2015, Solberg made a cabinet reshuffle. The reshuffle increased the number of cabinet ministers from 18 to 20.
Three cabinet ministers were replaced on 20 December 2016.
On 22 January 2019, with the Christian Democratic Party entering the coalition, the government consisted of 22 ministers, the greatest number ever in a Norwegian government.
- became Minister of Climate and the Environment
- became Minister of Education and Integration
- became Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Minister of Migration and Integration was separate minister from 2015 to 2018
- became Minister of Local Government and Modernisation
- became Minister of Migration and Integration
- until 2015 also Minister for Nordic Cooperation Affairs
- became Minister of European Affairs and Nordic Cooperation
- became Minister of Trade and Industry
- became Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion
- became Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
- became Minister of Defence
|Office of the Prime Minister||Julie Brodtkorb||- 21 April 2017||Conservative|
|Fredrik Färber||- 17 October 2014||Progress|
|Marit Berger Røsland||17 October 2014 - 16 December 2015||Conservative|
|Tore Vamraak||- 19 June 2015||Conservative|
|Torkild Haukaas||19 June 2015 -||Conservative|
|Ingvild Næss Stub||19 June 2015 -||Conservative|
|Laila Bokhari||- 15 August 2016||Conservative|
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs||Bård Glad Pedersen||- 18 September 2015||Conservative|
|Hans Brattskar||- 7 August 2015||Conservative|
|Pål Arne Davidsen||- 22 November 2013||Progress|
|Morten Høglund||22 November 2013 - 16 December 2015||Progress|
|Ingvild Næss Stub||- 19 June 2015||Conservative|
|Elsbeth Tronstad||19 June 2015 -||Conservative|
|Tone Skogen||7 August 2015 -||Conservative|
|Laila Bokhari||15 August 2016 -||Conservative|
|Tore Hattrem||18 December 2015 - 23 September 2016||Conservative|
|Marit Berger Røsland||23 September 2016 - 2017||Conservative|
|Ministry of Finance||Paal Bjørnestad||- 16 December 2016||Conservative|
|Jon Gunnar Pedersen||- 19 June 2015||Conservative|
|Tore Vamraak||19 June 2015 -||Conservative|
|Ole Berget||- 17 October 2014||Progress|
|Himanshu Gulati||17 October 2014 -||Progress|
|Jon Georg Dale||17 October 2014 - 16 December 2015||Progress|
|Cecilie Brein-Karlsen||20 December 2016 -||Progress|
|Ministry of Defence||Øystein Bø||Conservative|
|Ministry of Local Government and Modernization||Paul Chaffey||Conservative|
|Kristin Holm Jensen||Conservative|
|Anders Bals||- 28 November 2014||Conservative|
|Anne Karin Olli||28 November 2014 -||Conservative|
|Jardar Jensen||- 6 November 2015||Conservative|
|Grete Ellingsen||6 November 2015 -||Conservative|
|Per Willy Amundsen||- 20 December 2016||Progress|
|Ministry of Health and Care||Anne Grethe Erlandsen||Conservative|
|Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg||- 15 April 2016||Progress|
|Cecilie Brein-Karlsen||- 20 December 2016||Progress|
|Ministry of Agriculture and Food||Hanne Blåfjelldal||Progress|
|Ministry of Transport and Communications||Bård Hoksrud||- 5 June 2015||Progress|
|Reynir Johannesson||5 June 2015 -||Progress|
|Jon Georg Dale||- 17 October 2014||Progress|
|Tom Cato Karlsen||17 October 2014 -||Progress|
|John-Ragnar Aarset||- 16 December 2015||Conservative|
|Amund Drønen Ringdal||16 December 2015 – 11 May 2016||Conservative|
|Ministry of Trade and Fisheries||Dilek Ayhan||Conservative|
|Eirik Lae Solberg||– 3 April 2014||Conservative|
|Lars Jacob Hiim||3 April 2014 –||Conservative|
|Amund Drønen Ringdal||– 16 December 2015||Conservative|
|Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs||Torkil Åmland||– 16 December 2015||Progress|
|Kristian Dahlberg Hauge||– 29 April 2016||Progress|
|Thor Kleppen Sættem||25 October 2013 – 20 December 2016||Conservative|
|Christl Kvam||2015 –||Conservative|
|Ministry of Culture||Knut Olav Åmås||- 6 June 2014||Conservative|
|Bjørgulv Vinje Borgundvaag||6 June 2014 - 8 January 2016||Conservative|
|Himanshu Gulati||15 January 2016 -||Progress|
|Ministry of the Environment||Lars Andreas Lunde||Conservative|
|Ministry of Petroleum and Energy||Kåre Fostervold||- 23 October 2015||Progress|
|Kjell-Børge Freiberg||23 October 2015 -||Progress|
|Ministry of Justice||Himanshu Gulati||- 17 October 2014||Progress|
|Jøran Kallmyr||17 October 2014 - 19 February 2016||Progress|
|Hans J. Røsjorde||25 October 2013 - 19 June 2015||Progress|
|Gjermund Hagesæter||19 June 2015 - 20 December 2016||Progress|
|Thor Kleppen Sættem||20 December 2016 –||Conservative|
|Marit Berger Røsland||16 December 2015 - 23 September 2016||Conservative|
|Torkil Åmland||29 September 2017 -||Progress|
|Toril Charlotte Ulleberg Reynolds||1 October 2017 -||Progress|
|Knut Morten Johansen||17 January 2018 -||Progress|
|Sveinung Rotevatn||17 January 2018 -||Liberal|
|Ministry of Children and Social Inclusion||Maria Hoff Aanes||- 17 October 2014||Progress|
|Kai-Morten Terning||17 October 2014 -||Progress|
|Ida Krag||26 November 2015 - 6 January 2016
|Jøran Kallmyr||16 December 2015 - 19 February 2016||Progress|
|Marit Berger Røsland||16 December 2015 - 1 April 2016||Conservative|
|Vidar Brein-Karlsen||19 February 2016 - 1 April 2016||Progress|
|Ministry of Education||Bjørn Haugstad||Conservative|
|Birgitte Jordahl||25 October 2013 – 12 August 2016||Conservative|
- "Norway's Liberals to join Conservative-led government". Reuters. 14 January 2018.
- "Solberg Solidifies Grip on Norway as Liberals Join Government". Bloomberg News. 14 January 2018.
- "Fremskrittspartiet trekker seg fra regjeringen". Aftenposten. 20 January 2020.
- "Statsminister Erna Solberg om sin avskjed: – Jeg er stolt" (in Norwegian). NRK. 12 October 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
- Conservative Party and Progress Party to form a coalition government. 2013-09-30 Aftenposten
- Norway PM Loses Majority After Populist Partner Quits. 2020-01-20 Bloomberg News
- Official news release from the Cabinet 16 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- NTB (14 October 2013)Frp får landbruksministeren Aftenposten. Retrieved 17 October 2013 (in Norwegian)
- John Olav Egeland (16 October 2013) En regjering for markedsstaten Aftenposten. Retrieved 17 October 2013 (in Norwegian)