Reform of local government

In 2014, a broad majority in the Parliament supported the government’s description of the need for a reform, and the main elements of a reform process. Further, it was decided that also the regional level would be part of the reform process. A part of the reform is also to transfer tasks to the municipal level.

A main aim of the local government reform is to reduce the number of municipalities from the present 428.

The goals for the local government reform are:

  • Good, equal services for inhabitants, today and in the future
  • Comprehensive and coordinated community development, in both larger and smaller municipalities
  •  Sustainable and financially solid municipalities
  •  Strengthen local democracy, and give the municipalities more power

In april 2017 the government proposes a new municipal structure to the Parliament for both municipalities and counties. The government also proposes to transfer certain tasks to the municipalities.

Proposition to the Storting no. 96 S - Changes in the local government structure (pdf)