The Speech from the Throne

When the Storting (the Parliament) assembles, it is constituted and then formally opened by the King. The King reads the King's Speech. The King's Speech expresses the main lines of the Government's policy for the coming year.

When the Storting (the Parliament) assembles each year in October, it is constituted and then formally opened by the King.

The King's Speech at the formal opening of the StortingThe King reads the King's Speech, " ... in which he shall inform it (i.e. the Storting) of the state of the Kingdom and of the issues to which he particularly desires to call the attention of the Storting", as stated in § 74 of the Constitution.

The King's Speech expresses the main lines of the Government's policy for the coming year.

Photo: Stortinget/Thomas Fraser

Erna Solbergs Government 16.10.2013 -

Jens Stoltenbergs second Government 17.10.2005 - 16.10.2013

Kjell Magne Bondeviks second Government 19.10.2001-17.10-2005