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This is a descriptive article. For a list, see "List of heads of government of Norway.
Prime Minister of Norway
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"Erna Solberg

since 16 October 2013
"Style "Her Excellency (informal)
"Residence "Inkognitogata 18
"Seat "Oslo, Norway
Appointer The "Monarch
"Term length No 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 holder "Frederik Stang (generally regarded as the first incumbent)
Formation 1873
Website Government Official Homepage
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The Prime Minister of Norway ("Norwegian: statsminister, literally the "minister of the state") is the "head of government of "Norway and the most powerful person in Norwegian politics. 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. He or she is almost always the leader of the majority party in the Storting, or the leader of the senior partner in the governing coalition.

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 2018, 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, he or she must resign.


Longest-sitting Prime Ministers[edit]

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. "Johan Ludwig Mowinckel "Liberal Party 2517 6 years, 10 months and 21 days
7. "Kjell Magne Bondevik "Christian Democratic Party 2341 6 years, 4 months and 29 days
8. "Johannes Steen "Liberal Party 2311 6 years, 3 months and 30 days
9. "Per Borten "Centre Party 1982 5 years, 5 months and 5 days
10. "Odvar Nordli "Labour Party 1847 5 years and 20 days

Former Prime Ministers[edit]

As of 2018 five former Prime Ministers are alive:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NORWAY'S STRUGGLE WITH HER KING" (PDF). "The New York Times. 11 November 1882. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 

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