Illegal Vidkun Quisling government in Oslo 1940

9. april 1940–14. april 1940

After Nazi Germany’s attack on Norway on 9 April 1940 forced King Haakon VII and Johan Nygaardsvold’s Government to leave Oslo with civil servants from government offices, the leader of the Norwegian Nazi party Nasjonal Samling (NS), Vidkun Quisling, that evening appointed an illegal government.

Quisling’s illegal government did not manage to gather before it was dismissed by Nazi-German occupation authorities on 14 April. Several members resisted the appointment, while Quisling and others entered government offices and attempted to act as heads of ministries.

On 14 April 1940, government ministries in Oslo were subjugated to Nazi-German occupation authorities. On 15 April 1940, the Norwegian Supreme Court – the only legal state organ left in Oslo – appointed a council for the civil administration of areas under Nazi-German occupation, mainly in and around Oslo. This was done with the understanding of Nazi-German occupation authorities.

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