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Ministry of Labour (of 1885) (1885–1946)

The Ministry of Labour was established on 1 September 1885. It is listed here as the Ministry of Labour (of 1885). Communications, insurance and geological surveying affairs were transferred from the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846). Harbours administration affairs were transferred from the abolished Ministry of the Navy (of 1885). Technical schools and European measurements affairs were transferred from the Ministry of Church and Education.

On 1 October 1916, postal, telegraph and telephone affairs and affairs concerning state-supported shipping were transferred from the Ministry of Labour (of 1885) to the new Ministry of Trade (of 1916).

On 1 September 1920, harbours administration affairs were transferred from the Ministry of Labour (of 1885) to the Ministry of Trade (of 1916).

During the Second World War 1940-1945, Norwegian ministries were working under the legal leadership of Johan Nygaardsvold’s Government in exile in London, and under Nazi Germany’s occupation autorities in Oslo (marked NS).

The Ministry of Labour NS in Oslo on 1 February 1944 had its name changed to the Ministry of Traffic NS.

On 8 May 1945, the ministry structure in Oslo was re-established as it was on 9 April 1940. At the same time, postal, telegraph and telephone affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Labour (of 1885) from the Ministry of Trade (of 1916).

On 21 December 1945, communications affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Labour (of 1885) from the Ministry of Provisioning and Reconstruction.

On 15 February 1946, civil aviation affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Labour (of 1885) from the Ministry of Defence.

On 22 February 1946, the Ministry of Labour (of 1885) had its name changed to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

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