State ownership

The state is an extensive owner of companies in Norway. The state has direct ownership, managed through the ministries, in 72 companies.

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Why the state is an owner

The Government believes that private ownership should be the main rule in Norwegian business and industry. The state should only have ownership interests in companies when this is the best means of meeting the state’s needs.

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What the state owns

The state has direct ownership, managed through the ministries, in 72 companies.

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How state ownership is exercised

The Government’s ambition is that the Norwegian state’s exercise of ownership shall be in accordance with best international practice.

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What's new

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New report to the Storting on state ownership

The new ownership policy facilitates value creation, today and in future. In the policy, the Government has developed and clarified its expectations of the companies, for example as regards transparency, diversity and responsible business conduct.

Contact

Ownership Department

Phone: +47 22 24 01 41
Address: Postboks 8090 Dep, 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: Kongensgate 8, Oslo