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  • The Norwegian Parliament. Photo: Storting.

    After the Election

    What happens once the votes are cast and all the ballots are counted in the 2017 Norwegian Parliamentary election?

    (12.09.2017)
  • Press at work in Stortinget. Photo: Stortinget.

    Regulations for Press Access

    The Storting has a long tradition of being an open house in which the press has extensive opportunities to report on parliamentary business. An essential pillar of any democracy is that parliamentary business in the national assembly is open and accessible to the public. 

    (06.09.2017)
  • The President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen. Photo: Storting.

    Parliament speakers gather at annual meeting in Lillehammer

    The annual meeting of the Speakers of Parliament of the Nordic-Baltic countries – known as the NB8 – will take place in Lillehammer on Tuesday 22 August. The President of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommessen, is hosting the meeting in his home city.

    (21.08.2017)
  • Petter F. Wille, Director of the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution. Photo: Norwegian National Human Rights Institution.

    Human rights institution gains ‘A’ status

    The Norwegian National Human Rights Institution has been granted accreditation status ‘A’ by the board of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

    (30.06.2017)
  • President of the Storting Olemic Thommessen (Conservative Party) in his office on the day before the State Opening of the 161st Storting. 2nd October 2016. Photo: Storting.

    Behind the scenes

    Welcome to the Storting's photographic exhibiton in Akersgata. We have selected 16 unique images to give you a glimpse of everyday life in Norway’s national assembly.

    (16.06.2017)
  • Bengt Morten Wenstøb and Ingebjørg Godskesen participated in this year’s OECD Forum. Photo: Storting.

    Storting at OECD Forum 2017

    ‘Bridging Divides’ was the title of this year’s OECD Forum (in Paris, 6–7 June), which focused on discussing ways to regain trust at a time of steadily increasing scepticism about globalisation.

    (13.06.2017)
  • The President of the Storting has sent a letter of condolence to the UK Parliament on behalf of the Storting. Photo: Stortinget.

    Letter of condolence after the terrorist attack in London

    The President of the Storting has sent a letter of condolence to the UK Parliament on behalf of the Storting.

    (08.06.2017)
  • Delegation leader Ingjerd Schou (Conservative Party). Photo: Storting.

    PACE appoints corruption investigators

    The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the PACE Standing Committee met in Prague on 29 May and 30 May. The meetings focused on establishing an external independent corruption investigation.

    (31.05.2017)
  • Members of the Norwegian delegation in Tbilisi. From the left, first row: Øyvind Halleraker, Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Rigmor Aasrud. From the left, back row: Peter Christian Frølich and Liv Signe Navarsete. Photo: Storting.

    NATO PA adopts resolution on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration

    NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) held its spring session in Tbilisi, Georgia, 26 to 29 May.

    (30.05.2017)
  • Reception by the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (right). At left: Svein Roald Hansen. Photo: EFTA secretariat.

    Brexit on the agenda as EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee meets

    At the meeting of the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee in Reykjavik from 22 to 23 May 2017, Brexit was an important topic of discussion.

    (30.05.2017)
  • Displeased farmers gathered in front of the Storting on Tuesday 23rd May to protest against the 2017 agricultural settlement. Photo: Storting

    From marshland to soapbox

    On Tuesday 23rd May the tractors rolled into town as farmers from all over the country gathered in Eidsvolls plass to demonstrate against the Government’s proposed agricultural settlement. Every year, around 300 demonstrations are held in the square that was once a bog.

    (29.05.2017)
  • The President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen, has sent a letter of condolence to the UK Parliament on behalf of the Storting. Photo: Stortinget.

    Letter of condolence after the terrorist attack in Manchester

    The President of the Storting has sent a letter of condolence to the UK Parliament on behalf of the Storting.

    (24.05.2017)
  • The Storting celebrated 17 May 2017 with a speech, flowers and singing at Eidsvoll Square. True to tradition, the President of the Storting also greeted Oslo’s children’s parade. Photo: Storting.

    Storting celebrates Norway’s national day

    “The 17th of May is our biggest national celebration. It’s the day everyone is invited to celebrate the values ​​embodied by the Constitution – values ​​that cut across age, gender, background and place of residence. They are the glue of Norwegian society,” said Olemic Thommessen, the President of the Storting.

    (18.05.2017)
  • Kira Wager with her painting of King Olav V’s oath-taking ceremony in the Storting in 1958. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting’s gift to the royal couple

    The Storting’s gift to the King and Queen for their 80th birthdays is a painting by the artist Kira Wager. The image is of King Olav V swearing an oath of allegiance in the Storting in 1958.

    (10.05.2017)
  • On 16 September 2016 the Storting held an Open House in connection with Oslo’s Culture Night. Photo: Storting.

    Welcome to the heart of democracy

    The Storting is inviting the public to its Open House on Friday 12 May from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    (10.05.2017)
  • Norway’s delegation: Øyvind Halleraker, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, Svein Roald Hansen and Sylvi Graham. Photo: Storting.

    Discussing EU foreign, security and defence policy

    Europe’s response to challenges relating to the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East was one of the main topics at a European Union parliamentary conference in Malta from 24–28 April.

    (04.05.2017)
  • President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt. Photo: Council of Europe.

    Vote of no confidence in PACE president

    The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has resolved that it has no confidence in Pedro Agramunt as President of the Assembly.

    (03.05.2017)
  • Ingjerd Schou (Conservative Party), Head of Delegation. Photo: Council of Europe

    Corruption investigations in PACE

    The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has set up an independent external investigation to examine the allegations of corruption against certain of its members.

    (28.04.2017)
  • Ingebjørg Godskesen (Progress Party) presents the report on the state of democracy in Turkey at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. Photo: Council of Europe

    PACE adopts closer monitoring of human rights and democracy in Turkey

    On Tuesday 25th April, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) passed a resolution to reopen the so-called monitoring procedure in respect of Turkey.

    (26.04.2017)
  • Ingjerd Schou. Photo: Council of Europe.

    Developments in Turkey top the agenda at PACE

    The Storting’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is taking part in PACE’s second part-session of the year, from 24-28 April in Strasbourg. Ingjerd Schou (Conservative Party) heads the delegation.

    (24.04.2017)
  • Kåre Simensen (Labour Party) and Elin Agdestein (Conservative Party) from the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, and Hans Olav Syversen (Christian Democratic Party) from the Finance Committee participated on behalf of the Storting. Photo: Storting.

    Global Parliamentary Conference organized by the World Bank and IMF

    The Storting took part in a global parliamentary conference under the auspices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC on 17th and 18th April.

    (21.04.2017)
  • Geir Jørgen Bekkevold is head of the OSCE Parliamentary Association’s election observers during the Armenian election on 2 April 2017. Photo: OSCE PA.

    Bekkevold to lead delegation to Armenian elections

    Geir Jørgen Bekkevold (Christian Democratic Party) will lead an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation tasked with observing the parliamentary elections in Armenia on 2 April.

    (31.03.2017)
  • The President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen, would like to offer his condolences after the horrific act of terror in London. Photo: Stortinget.

    Letter of condolence after the terrorist attack in London

    The President of the Storting has sent a letter of condolence to the UK Parliament on behalf of the Storting.

    (24.03.2017)
  • The President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen in the Georgian Parliament. Photo: Stortinget.

    Seeking closer cooperation

    The President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen, and his counterparts in the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8) are on an official visit to Georgia from 20–22 March.

    (23.03.2017)
  • At the Storting, Mr Jóhannesson was received by First Vice President Marit Nybakk. Photo: Storting.

    President of Iceland visits the Storting

    The visit is part of Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson’s state visit to Norway from 21 to 23 March. The purpose is to further develop the effective cooperation between Norway and Iceland.

    (22.03.2017)
  • Ingjerd Schou (Conservative Party), Head of Delegation. Photo: Storting.

    Disappointed by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly

    The Bureau of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which met on 9th and 10th March, made no decision on a proposal regarding how PACE should tackle allegations of corruption within its own organization.

    (15.03.2017)
  • US Senator Lisa Murkowski and Head of Delegation Eirik Sivertsen. Photo: Storting.

    Meeting of Arctic parliamentarians in Anchorage

    The United States’ chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the use of drones in the Arctic were two of the topics addressed when the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region met in Anchorage, Alaska.

    (06.03.2017)
  • The Storting’s delegation outside the Romanian parliament, with Norwegian Ambassador Tove Bruvik Westberg and Deputy Head of Mission Herman Baskår. Photo: Storting.

    A closer look at the EEA funds in Romania

    The Storting’s Delegation to the EFTA and the EEA Parliamentary Committees was in Romania the week of 27 February to examine how Norwegian financial contributions provided through the EEA programmes are helping to create economic and social development in Romania.

    (03.03.2017)
  • From the annual interparliamentary meeting between the European Parliament and the Storting, 23 February 2017. On the right: Øyvind Halleraker (Conservative Party), Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Photo: The Storting.

    European parliamentarians at the Storting

    Last week five Members of the European Parliament attended the annual interparliamentary meeting that is arranged with the Storting. Among the matters raised were EEA cooperation, Brexit, the Arctic, and the Norwegian child welfare services.

    (01.03.2017)
  • Additional follow-up of GRECO’s recommendations

    The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published a new report on efforts to prevent corruption in the Storting.

    (17.02.2017)
  • The Sami flag is raised in front of the Storting. Photo: The Storting.

    Happy National Day!

    The entire Storting congratulated the Sami people on the occasion of their National Day, 6 February.

    (07.02.2017)
  • Anniken Huitfeldt, the chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. Photo: The Storting.

    Moscow visit postponed

    A parliamentary delegation from the Storting’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence was due to visit Moscow on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February for political talks.

    (01.02.2017)
  • The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence had a very constructive meeting with Sen. John McCain. Photo: Storting.

    Storting’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence visits Washington

    The Storting’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, led by Øyvind Halleraker, visited Washington from 23 to 26 January 2017, only a few days after the inauguration of President Trump.

    (30.01.2017)
  • The Finnish speaker, Maria Lohela and her Norwegian  colleague, speaker Olemic Thommessen. Photo: The Storting.

    Storting marks Finland’s centenary

    The 100th anniversary of Finland’s birth as an independent state will be celebrated in 2017. In honour of the occasion, the Storting arranged a seminar on 26 January highlighting the relationship between Norway and Finland.

    (27.01.2017)
  • Left to right: Tobias Bilström (Sweden), Ingjerd Schou (Norway), Algirdas Butkevicus (Lithuania), Marianne Mikko (Estonia), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark) and Andris Bērziņš (Latvia). Photo: The Storting.

    Corruption allegations and the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE)

    Read the letter from the Nordic and Baltic delegations to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) regarding allegations of corruption.

    (27.01.2017)
  • The Speaker of Finland’s Parliament visited the Storting on 15 June 2016. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting marks Finland’s centenary

    The year 2017 marks the centenary of Finland as an independent state. To celebrate this milestone, the Storting is arranging a seminar on Thursday 26th January on the relationship between Norway and Finland.

    (25.01.2017)
  • Anniken Huitfeldt, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Photo: The Storting.

    The Storting celebrates a century of foreign policy

    On Thursday 19th January the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence is arranging a seminar on the role of the Storting in the field of foreign policy over the past 100 years.

    (18.01.2017)
  • Mr Geoff Regan, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons and Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting. Photo: Storting.

    75 years of cooperation and friendship between Norway and Canada

    Mr Geoff Regan, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, visited the Storting earlier this week.

    (11.01.2017)
  • Olemic Thommessen, the President of the Storting, would like to offer his condolences after the attacks in Berlin on Monday. Photo: The Storting.

    Message of condolence

    Olemic Thommessen, the President of the Storting, would like to offer his condolences after the horrific act of terror in Berlin on Monday 19 December.

    (22.12.2016)
  • Happy New Year!

    The next sitting in the Storting is on Tuesday 10 January 2017.

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    (21.12.2016)
  • Meeting between the Norwegian EFTA/EEA delegation and the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the Posting of Workers Directive, MEP Agnes Jongerius. Left: Svein Roald Hansen. Right: Gunnar Gundersen. Photo: Storting.

    EEA issues on agenda in Strasbourg

    The Storting’s EFTA/EØS delegation participated in an EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee meeting with the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the week of 12 December.

    (19.12.2016)
  • President of the Storting Olemic Thommessen shows Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos the Storting chamber. Photo: Storting.

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate visits the Storting

    On 10 December, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to ending the 52-year-long civil war in Colombia. On Sunday 11 December he visited the Storting.

    (12.12.2016)
  • OSCE Special Coordinator Arta Dade, OSCE PA delegation head Geir Jørgen Bekkevold and ODIHR observation mission head Douglas Wake. Photo: Storting.

    Bekkevold observes presidential election in Moldova

    Geir Jørgen Bekkevold (Christian Democratic Party) led the observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during the second round of the presidential election in Moldova, on 13 November.

    (16.11.2016)
  • On Wednesday 9 November, the Storting held its first-ever course in Norwegian parliamentary democracy tailored especially to teachers active in adult education for immigrants. Photo: Storting.

    Storting reaches out to adult immigrants in new ways

    On Wednesday 9 November, the Storting held its first-ever course in Norwegian parliamentary democracy tailored especially to teachers active in adult education for immigrants.

    (14.11.2016)
  • Folketinget. Photo: Johannes Jansson/norden.org.

    Good dialogue with Nordic ministers is key

    The Nordic sports summit, Norway’s forthcoming presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and measures for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers were on the agenda at the Nordic Council Session in Copenhagen.

    (05.11.2016)
  • Sonja Mandt (Labour Party), head of the Norwegian delegation to the Nordic Council. Photo: Storting.

    Nordic cooperation on global goals

    Nordic cooperation on UN sustainability goals will be in focus when the Storting’s delegation to the Nordic Council takes part in the council’s 68th Session in Copenhagen from 1–3 November.

    (28.10.2016)
  • Geir Jørgen Bekkevold. Photo: OSCE PA.

    Bekkevold heads delegation to Moldovan election

    Geir Jørgen Bekkevold (Christian Democratic Party) will lead the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s observers at the presidential election in Moldova on 30 October.

    (26.10.2016)
  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting in the President of the Storting’s office. Photo: Storting.

    Reform efforts on the agenda

    The reform process and the challenging situation in Ukraine were on the agenda during both meetings that President Petro Poroshenko had at the Storting on 18 October.

    (19.10.2016)
  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    "Important encouragment"

    The President of the Storting, Olemic Thommessen, says the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is an important encouragement to the peace process.

    (10.10.2016)