Article | Last updated: 2011-04-08
In the years 1852-1881 an interim government met in Stockholm when the successor to the throne had not reached the age of majority at the King’s death, or when the King – due to illness or absence – was not able to preside at the Council of State’s sessions.
In the first case the interim government acted until the Storting and the Swedish Legislative Assembly had decided upon the regency for the period until the successor reached the age of majority.
The interim government consisted of equal numbers of Norwegian and Swedish ministers, usually ten from each country. The Swedish and the Norwegian prime minister alternately presided; the order between them decided by drawing lots. By constitutional amendment of 20 January 1863 it was decided that the prince next in the order of succession should be regent if he had reached the age of majority.
In periods with interim governments additional Norwegian ministers were appointed both in Stockholm and Christiania, in the latter case to replace ministers travelling to Stockholm to supplement the Council of State Division there.
Motzfeldt, Ketil Melsted Johnsen, Councillor of State and Member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm.
Bretteville, Christian Zetlitz, Councillor of State.
Lange, Otto Vincent, Councillor of State. Did not take office.
Møinichen, Erik Røring, Councillor of State.
Konow, Thomas, rear admiral. Councillor of State.
Glad, Christian, major general. Councillor of State.
Arntzen, Karelius August, diocesan governor. Councillor of State. Did not take office.
Skjelderup, Jacob Worm, state secretary. Councillor of State. Did not take office.
Collett, Johan Christian, county governor. Councillor of State, Chief of the Ministry of the Interior.