A large number of government ministers have served in the Solberg government

Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg .Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix

46 ministers have served Erna Solberg’s (H) government in just over six years. That’s more than in the eight red-green years.

In Jens Stoltenberg’s (Ap) second term government, which lasted eight years, there were 40 ministers in attendance. Thus, there have been six more government ministers to Solberg’s government after just over six years, writes Aftenposten.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg explains the record with two government extensions and that Frp left this week.

– It does mean that we get more replacements in the government. But the governance of the country remains good and stable nonetheless, she tells the newspaper.

Solberg points out that in her first term there were fewer replacements than in the first four years Stoltenberg led the red-green government.

The prime minister is also defending the “daily fly government council posts”, positions that some have only had for a short period of time. For example, it has been the EEA and EU Minister, the Minister of Social Security or the Minister of Elderly and Public Health. Solberg believes it is still a good idea to let some ministers have a special responsibility for a short period.

According to the Aftenposten’s survey, Gro Harlem Brundtland’s (Ap) third term government, which sat for six years, had 32 ministers in attendance. Einar Gerhardsen’s (H) third term government, which sat for eight years, had 31 ministers. The same figure applied to the government of Odvar Nordlis (Ap) who sat for five years. Per Borten’s (Sp) government, which sat for five and a half years, had 21 ministers in attendance.

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