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  • Ina Rangønes Libak, head of the Labour Party Youth League, reminded all those present, including the President of the Storting, how vital the battle to uphold democracy and freedom of speech is against those who want to stop people from using their democratic rights. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting present at the commemoration of 22nd July

    The President of the Storting, Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, and representatives of the parliamentary party groups were present at the memorial ceremony in Oslo nine years after the terrorist attacks on the Government Quarter and the island of Utøya.

    (28.07.2020)
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland at Løvebakken in 1981. Photo: Per Svensson / NTB Scanpix.

    100 years of the Parliamentary Press Club

    A century ago this year, the journalists who cover what goes on in the Storting founded their own association. The aim of setting up the Parliamentary Press Club was to ensure that its members had acceptable working conditions.

    (17.07.2020)
  • Voting on amendments to the Biotechnology Act on 26th May 2020. Photo: Storting.

    Key business during the 2019-2020 session

    The 2019-2020 parliamentary year ends on 30th September. Here is a summary of the most important business that the Storting has dealt with so far this session.

    (09.07.2020)
  • Summer display in Akersgata about the Storting and democracy

    An unfortunate consequence of the current coronavirus pandemic is that the Storting has had to cancel this summer’s guided tours of the building. Until we can open our doors to the public once again, we’ve put up a summer display about the Storting and democracy.

    (06.07.2020)
  • Parliamentary activities for the rest of the session

    The Storting’s Presidium has decided that the restrictions and strict infection control measures that have been in place since mid-March will continue until the new Storting session starts in the first week of October 2020. The last ordinary day of sittings before the summer is Friday 19th June.

    (18.06.2020)
  • Demo has won awards for good design, interactivity and user experience. Illustration: Nikolai Lockertsen.

    The Storting’s new interactive educational game wins awards

    Demo, the Storting’s new digital democracy game, has won seven awards for good design, interactivity and user experience in such prestigious design competitions as Visuelt, IxDA and Gulltaggen.

    (17.06.2020)
  • Press conference in the Storting Saturday 21st March. Photo: Storting

    Corona Act repealed

    The Corona Act was repealed on Wednesday 27th May. After the temporary legislation was passed, the Government sent 32 regulations to the Storting in accordance with the Act. Provisions in five of these regulations were stopped in the Storting.

    (03.06.2020)
  • Sitting of the Storting, 16th March 2020. Photo: Storting

    Full Chamber for voting on biotechnology proposals

    At a meeting of the Storting’s Presidium on Friday 22nd May, the decision was made to set up temporary plexiglass barriers between certain pairs of MPs’ seats in the Storting Chamber. The aim is to make sure that the strict infection control measures currently in place are maintained when all 169 MPs are present in the Chamber. 

    (26.05.2020)
  • The Norwegian Constitution. Photo: Storting

    Amendments to the Constitution

     On Thursday 14th May, the Storting considered a number of draft amendments to the Norwegian Constitution. Four of these were passed by the required majority.

    (20.05.2020)
  • The President of the Storting speaking at the execution site. Photo: Storting.

    In honour of the fallen

    Friday 8th May was the 75th anniversary of Norway’s liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945.

    (11.05.2020)
  • From the sitting of 19 th March 2020. Photo: The Storting

    Coronavirus measures to remain in place in the Storting

    Last Thursday the Storting’s Presidium made the decision to continue with the infection control measures that have been in place since mid-March.

    (07.05.2020)
  • Ballot box. Photo: Tore Fjeld/The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.

    Allotment of seats for the 2021 parliamentary election

    The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation has finished its work on the allotment of seats for the 2021 parliamentary election. As of next year, there will be certain changes in the distribution of seats between the constituencies.

    (30.04.2020)
  • The Standing Committee on Local Government and Public Administration held a hearing by videoconference. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting holds its first videoconference hearing

    History was made in the Storting on Tuesday 28th April when the Standing Committee on Local Government and Public Administration held a hearing by videoconference.

    (29.04.2020)
  • From the first reading of the bill on Tuesday 21st April. Photo: Storting.

    Corona Act extended until late May

    The Corona Act has been extended by a further month. The temporary legislation was initially passed in March for the duration of one month, but it will now continue to be in force until 27th May 2020.

    (29.04.2020)
  • The Coronavirus Special Committee was set up to consider matters that specifically relate to the Corona crisis. This photo was taken during the meeting of 17th April. Photo: Storting.

    Proposal to extend the Corona Act

    The Government has tabled a proposal to extend the Corona Act by a month. If the matter is adopted in the Storting, the temporary legislation will now run until 27th May 2020.

    (21.04.2020)
  • President of the Storting, Tone W. Trøen. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting resumes core parliamentary activities

    The Storting has made the decision to resume normal core parliamentary activities as far as possible. However, this will not compromise the infection control measures that have been in place since 11th March.

    (15.04.2020)
  • From the sitting in the Storting of 21st March 2020. Photo: Storting.

    Emergency financial support for businesses

    The Storting considered a number of government proposals during its last sitting before Easter on Tuesday 7th April. This included a package of emergency measures for businesses. A majority in Parliament supported the proposed new legislation.

    (15.04.2020)
  • From the sitting in the Storting of 21st March 2020. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting’s decisions relating to the coronavirus and the economy

    On Tuesday 31st March, the Storting dealt with a series of budget items relating to the coronavirus crisis. 

    (01.04.2020)
  • Jonas Gahr Støre (Labour Party) speaking from the rostrum during the debate on the new Corona Act, Saturday 21st March 2020. Photo: Storting.

    The Corona Act

    A new Corona Act has been adopted. The government bill was passed unanimously in the Storting at both its first reading on Saturday 21st March and its second reading on Tuesday 24th March. 

    (25.03.2020)
  • Knut Arild Hareide, Minister of Transport, handing over the Government’s draft COVID-19 bill to President of the Storting Tone W. Trøen. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting considers an enabling act

    The Storting is considering a bill that would enable the Government to introduce urgent measures to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    (20.03.2020)
  • Tone W. Trøen, President of the Storting. Photo: Storting.

    New working procedures for the standing committees during the COVID-19 outbreak

    The Storting has passed a resolution which permits new working procedures for the standing committees during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

    (19.03.2020)
  • Tone W. Trøen, President of the Storting, during the sitting of 16th March. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting constitutes coronavirus special committee

    A special committee with the remit to consider urgent matters relating to the coronavirus crisis has been set up. The decision was made at the start of the sitting on Monday 16th March.

    (16.03.2020)
  • Tone W. Trøen, President of the Storting. Photo: Storting.

    The Storting steps up its coronavirus measures

    On Wednesday 11th March the Storting’s Presidium adopted new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Initially, these measures will apply until the end of April.

    (12.03.2020)
  • Lion statue. Photo: Storting

    The coronavirus and the Storting

    The Storting has made the decision to cancel committee trips abroad in March and April 2020. The aim is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Saturday guided tours of the building for the public have also been suspended until further notice.

    (06.03.2020)
  • Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali. Photo: © Finbarr O’Reilly for the Nobel Peace Center

    Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed Ali to the Storting

    This year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, will be coming to the Storting on Wednesday 11th December. During his visit, the Peace Prize Laureate will meet the President of the Storting and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

    (11.12.2019)
  • The Storting is well represented. Front row from left: Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Liv Signe Navarsete. Photo: Storting.

    NATO PA holds autumn session in London

    The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) held its annual session in London from 11–14 October. The Storting’s Delegation to the NATO PA participated.

    (15.10.2019)
  • Tone W. Trøen, President of the Storting, at the State Opening of the Storting. Photo: The Storting.

    The President’s speech at the State Opening of the Storting

    Read Tone W. Trøen's speech at the State Opening of the Storting 2 October 2019.

    (02.10.2019)