- 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.
Norway has a constitution, which was adopted on 17 May 1814. 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 ministers
||Years, months, days
||17 years and 17 days
||10 years, 3 months and 5 days
||Gro Harlem Brundtland
||10 years, 1 month and 9 days
||9 years, 7 months and 17 days
||9 years, 3 months and 4 days
||7 years, 9 months and 13 days
||Johan Ludwig Mowinckel
||6 years, 10 months and 21 days
||Kjell Magne Bondevik
||Christian Democratic Party
||6 years, 4 months and 29 days
||6 years, 3 months and 30 days
||5 years, 5 months and 5 days
||5 years and 20 days
Living former prime ministers
As of July 2021, five former prime ministers are alive: