Dictionary

Do you want to know what a petition resolution is or what is meant by duty of disclosure? Here is a list of explanations of terms that are frequently used in the Norwegian Parliament.

Velg bokstav

M

  • majority

    ordinary matters such as enactments of Bills and Fiscal Budget resolutions are decided in the Storting by a simple majority (over half of the votes, with at least half of the Members required to be present at the vote). In order to amend the Constitution, a three-quarters majority is necessary at a vote where at least two-thirds of the Members are present. A relative majority (i.e. the candidate who obtains most votes is elected) is used in cases of ballots to elect individuals to particular positions. The exception to this is the election of Presidents and Secretaries in the Storting. Here a simple majority is required.
  • majority government

    a government that has the support of the majority in the Storting
  • mandate

    the right to take a seat in the Storting. There are 169 seats in the Storting.
  • ministry

    a central government department (for example, the Ministry of Defence), headed by a cabinet minister.
  • minority government

    a government formed by a party or parties that do not hold a majority of the seats in the Storting.
  • motion of no confidence

    a motion put before the Storting. If it is carried, it implies a vote of no confidence, a statement in which the majority in the Storting expresses a lack of confidence in the Government or an individual cabinet minister, thus compelling them to resign.