State ownership

The state is an extensive owner of companies in Norway. The state has direct ownership, managed through the ministries, in 70 companies.

Ole Jørgen Bratland, Equnior

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.

Helse Sør-Øst

What the state owns

The state has direct ownership, managed through the ministries, in 70 companies.

Investinor

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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