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Ministry of Trade (of 1916) (1916–1947)

The Ministry of Trade (Ministry of Trade, Shipping, Industry, Craft and Fisheries) was established on 1 October 1916. It is listed here as the Ministry of Trade (of 1916). Affairs were transferred from several ministries.

On 25 April 1919, fishery provisioning affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) from the Ministry of Provisioning (of 1916).

On 30 April 1920, engineering, statistics and personnel affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) from the abolished Ministry of Industrial Provisioning.

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

On 1 October 1939, crisis legislation affairs were transferred from the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) to the new Ministry of Provisioning (of 1939).

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 authorities in Oslo (marked NS).

On 22 April 1940, shipping affairs were in London transferred from the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) to the Ministry of Provisioning (of 1939). On 1 October 1942, the Trade Department in the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) was transferred to the Ministry of Provisioning (of 1939).

In Oslo, the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) NS and the Ministry of Provisioning (of 1939) NS were on 1 April 1943 merged into the Ministry of Industry (of 1943) NS.

On 8 May 1945, the ministry structure in Oslo was re-established as it was on 9 April 1940. At the same time, pilotage affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) from the Ministry of Defence, and the Shipping Directorate from the abolished Ministry of Shipping, while the Communications Directorate was transferred from the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) to the Ministry of Labour (of 1885).

On 5 November 1945, fisheries affairs were transferred to an additional minister in the Ministry of Trade (of 1916). On 1 July 1946, fisheries affairs were transferred to the new Ministry of Fisheries.

On 6 December 1947, the Ministry of Trade (of 1916) had its name changed to the Ministry of Industry (Ministry of Industry, Craft and Shipping), listed here as the Ministry of Industry (of 1947).

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