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Office of the Prime Minister (1939–)

The Office of the Prime Minister assists the Prime Minister in leading and coordinating the work of the Norwegian Government.

The Office of the Prime Minister was established on 2 October 1939, as the outbreak of war in Europe made it necessary to relieve the Prime Minister from being head of a government ministry. Prime Minister Johan Nygaardsvold now moved to an office next to the Council of State Secretariat. A secretary post abolished in 1906, was re-established.

The plan was now to merge the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of State Secretariat. Nazi Germany’s attack on Norway on 9 April 1940 halted this process. During Johan Nygaardsvold’s Government’s exile in London during the Second World War 1940-1945 and in Oslo after 1945, the Office of the Prime Minister developed into a larger secretariat with temporary posts.

On 1 January 1956, the Office of the Prime Minister was given permanent political and administrative posts.

On 1 July 1969, the Council of State Secretariat was abolished and its affairs transferred to the Office of the Prime Minister. This was from now the central government office.

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