Norway votes: Here’s what happens in the event of a change of government

Erna SolbergPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Are you wondering what happens if the elections lead to a change of government? We’ve got you covered.

First and foremost, the current government has to submit its resignation request. After that, the king asks the incumbent government to continue working as a caretaker government until a new government is formed.

The outgoing prime minister advises the king on who to contact to form a new government. This could be, for example, the parliamentary leader of the largest party or the largest opposition party. The king usually follows the prime minister’s advice.

Whoever is given the task to form the government by the king gathers the leaders of the parties that would make up the new government in a meeting. There, the party leaders agree on a new government platform. 

The decision on a change of government is made in a cabinet meeting. The new government is appointed, and the old one resigns. A date for the change of government is then scheduled. 

At the agreed time, the new government comes to the Palace for its first cabinet meeting before traveling to its government offices for the first time.

The outgoing government presents the state budget to the Norwegian parliament (Storting) before it resigns. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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