Norwegian Public Roads Administration
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is a Norwegian
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 government agency
Government agency
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 responsible for the state and county public roads
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 in the country. This includes planning, construction and operation of the state and county road networks, driver training and licensing, vehicle inspection and subsidies
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 to car ferries
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The agency is led by the Directorate of Public Roads that is subordinate to the Ministry of Transport and Communications
Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Transportation and Communications is a Norwegian ministry established in 1946, and is responsible for transportation and communication infrastructure in Norway. It is led by Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa...

. Statens vegvesen is divided into five regions and thirty districts. In matters concerning state roads the agency is subordinate to the ministry and in matters concerning county roads subordinate to the county administration. The agency is based in Oslo
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The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is one of the largest government agencies of Norway in terms of budget.


Originally, the Ministry of Justice had the responsibility for public roads. In 1846, Prime Minister Frederik Stang
Frederik Stang
Frederik Stang was a Norwegian lawyer, public servant, and politician who served as Norway's first prime minister....

created the position of Roads Assistant in the Ministry of the Interior. The Roads Assistant headed a department for roads engineering. Captain (Engineer) H.K. Finne became the first Roads Assistant. The Directorate of Public Roads was established in 1864, and Chr. W. Berg became the first Director of Public Roads. From 1885 to 1944, the Directorate was subordinate to the Ministry of Labour, and has since been subordinate to the Ministry of Transport.
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