The Ministry of Justice was established in 1818. The Ministry has approximately 370 employees divided between seven departments, the Minister’s office and the Information Unit.
The main purpose of the Ministry is to provide for the maintenance and development of the basic guarantees of the rule of law. An overriding objective is to ensure the security of society and of individual citizens.
The Minister of Justice is the head of the Ministry, and its political leader. The Minister has currently two State Secretaries and a Political Adviser, who are all political appointees.
The highest ranking permanent official is the Secretary General, who leads the Ministry’s administration. Each of the seven departments and the Analysis Unit is led by a Director General.
The Ministry of Defence is a Government Office with responsibility for the formation and implementation of Norwegian security and defence policy. The Ministry is responsible for the overall management and control of the activities of subordinate agencies.
The essential task of theThe Ministry also works to promote peace and security, an international legal system, an economically just world order and sustainable development. Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity.