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Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) (1846–1903)

The Ministry of the Interior was established on 1 January 1846. Affairs in a number of fields were transferred, mainly from the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Customs: agriculture, industry, forestry, mining, fisheries, handicraft, trade, shipping, provisioning, medical services, postal services, transport, roads, canals, building services, fire services, weights and measurements, insurances, local government affairs, geographical surveying, national and local borders, statistics affairs.

On 18 August 1860, post, telegraph and transport affairs were transferred from the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) to the new Ministry of Postal Affairs (of 1860).

On 1 October 1878, a number of affairs were transferred from the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) to other ministries. Medical industry legislation and civil and police legislation was transferred to the Ministry of Justice and the Police. Forestry affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Finance and Customs. Affairs concerning technical and domestic industry schools, support for technical magasines and European measurements were transferred to the Ministry of Church and Education. Geographical survey affairs were transferred to the Ministry of the Army (of 1846).

On 1 September 1885, communications, insurances and geological survey affairs were transferred from the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) to the new Ministry of Labour (of 1885), while municipal taxation affairs were transferred to the Ministry of Finance and Customs. At the same time, state landed property affairs – except official residences – were transferred to the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) from the Ministry of Finance and Customs, while postal affairs were transferred to the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) from the abolished Ministry of Postal Affairs (of 1885).

On 7 July 1890, civil veterinary services were transferred to the Ministry of the Interior from the Ministry of Justice and the Police.

On 1 July 1899, a department of foreign affairs was established in the Ministry of the Interior.

On 1 April 1900, affairs concerning agriculture, state landed property, state property in Finnmark, land consolidation services, forestry, hunting, fresh-water fishing and various funds were transferred from the Ministry of the Interior to the new Ministry of Agriculture.

On 1 January 1903, the Ministry of the Interior (of 1846) had its name changed to the Ministry of Trade (of 1903).

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