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.

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  • obligation to vote

    if a Member is present and has not been paired off, he or she is duty-bound to vote when a matter is being voted on in the Storting.
  • Odelsting (historical term)

    the system of the Odelsting and Lagting was abolished as of 1 October 2009. Until this time, three-quarters of the Members of the Storting were Members of the Odelsting. The Odelsting considered all Bills before sending its decision to the Lagting.
  • Office of the Auditor General

    the Storting’s most important supervisory body, which, among other things, scrutinizes the public accounts. The Office of the Auditor General’s executive body (five Auditors General) is elected by the Storting every four years.
  • Official Norwegian Report (NOU) (green paper)

    a thorough investigation into an issue or a field of responsibility prepared by a committee or commission appointed by the Government. It often forms the basis of a report or a proposition from the Government to the Storting.
  • ombudsman

    one or more persons appointed by the Storting to exercise judicial control of the public administration and ensure that individuals do not suffer injustice at the hands of the authorities. An example of this is the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
  • opposition

    used for the parties (opposition parties) that are not currently in government and who oppose the Government.
  • order of speakers

    the Storting’s Rules of Procedure define how debates must be regulated – the order of speakers, speaking time, allocation of time among the different party groups, etc. The smallest party groups are allocated proportionally more time than their larger counterparts.
  • order paper

    a list of the business that will be dealt with during a sitting.
  • organizational channels

    collective term for the various methods trade unions and interest groups use to influence political decisions on behalf of their members.