History – The first Ministry

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Education and Research

The Ministry of Education and Research was the first ministry to be established when Norway became an independent state in 1814. The Ministry of Education and Research celebrated 200 years on 28 November 2014.

In 1814 the Ministry of Church and Education was the first to be established, and was designated "the First Ministry". It was followed by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Customs and the Ministry of War.

Over the years, the Ministry has undergone several changes. In 1982, the Ministry was divided and responsibility for cultural affairs, higher education and research was transferred to a new Ministry of Cultural and Scientific Affairs.

Following further reorganisation, the Ministry was from 1 January 1991 renamed "the Ministry of Education, Research and Church Affairs".

From 2002 the Church Affairs was transferred to the Ministry of Culture. In 2006, kindergarten matters moved to the Ministry. 

The Ministry of Education and Research celebrated 200 years on 28 November 2014.