The Office of the Prime Minister assists the Prime Minister in leading and coordinating the work of the Norwegian Government.
The Ministry is responsible for labour market policy, the working environment, pensions and welfare policy.
The Ministry has the overall responsibility for children welfare services, family affairs, childhood development, religious and life stance affairs and consumer affairs.
The Ministry of Finance is responsible for planning and implementing the Norwegian economic policy and for coordinating the work with the Fiscal Budget.
The Ministry of Defence is a Government Office with responsibility for the formation and implementation of Norwegian security and defence policy.
The Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD) is responsible for providing good and equal health and care services for the population of Norway. The ministry directs these services by means of a comprehensive legislation, annual budgetary allocations and through various governmental institutions.
The Ministry of Justice and Public Security is responsible for the preservation and development of basic guarantees of the rule of law.
The Ministry of Climate and Environment has a particular responsibility for carrying out the environmental policies of the Government.
The Ministry is responsible for housing policy, the Planning and Building Act, local government finances and local administration, ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform, rural and regional policy, the conduct of elections, government employer policy, Sami and minority affairs and national mapping and geodata policy.
The Ministry of Culture and Equality is responsible for the policy areas of culture, equality and discrimination, copyright, the media, sport and the voluntary sector. The Ministry also has overarching responsibility for the state lotteries run by Norsk Tipping and for regulating gaming and lotteries run by private organisations.
Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for primary and secondary school, upper secondary and tertiary vocational education and higher education sectors, kindergartens, cultural schools, vocational education, research and training and adult learning.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has chief responsibility for food policy and agricultural policy. Agricultural policy covers land utilisation, agriculture and forestry, reindeer and other animal husbandry, and development of new agriculture based industries.
The Ministry is responsible for the trade, industry and ocean policy.
The principal responsibility of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is to facilitate a coordinated and integrated energy policy.
The Ministry of Transport has overall responsibility for the framework conditions for postal activities, for the civil aviation, public roads and rail transport sector and ferry services forming part of the national road system.
The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.