Political Conditions in Norway

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Type of State
A constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy.
Executive Power
The constitution grants executive powers to the King (the head of state), but these are exercised by the cabinet. King serves a ceremonial role with some reserve powers. After elections the majority leader is usually appointed Prime minister (the head of the cabinet) by the monarch with the approval of the parliament.
Legislative Power
A modified unicameral parliament or Storting. For certain purposes the parliament divides itself into two chambers called Lagting and Odelsting, but the practice will be abolished after the general elections in 2009 making Storting fully unicameral. Members are elected for four-year terms according to a system of proportional representation.
Main Political Parties
- DNA (Norwegian Labour Party) - Social democrats
- FrP (Progress Party) – Libertarian right-wing party
- Høyre (Conservative Party) - Conservatives
- Venstre (Liberal Party) – Social liberals
- KrF (Christian Democratic Party)
- SV(Socialist Left Party) - Socialists.
- SP (Centre Party) - Centrist and agrarian party.


Labour Party, Socialist Left and the Centre Party form the current cabinet. Coalition governments of several parties are typical in Norway.

Current Political Leaders
King: HARALD V (since January 1991) - hereditary
Prime Minister: Jens STOLTENBERG (since October 2005) – DNA
Next Election Dates
Parliamentary: September 2013

Indicator of Freedom of the Press

World Rank:
1 place down compared to 2008

Source: Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders


Indicator of Political Freedom

Political Freedom:
Civil Liberties:

Map of freedom 2010
Source: Freedom House

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