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Norway

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

Norway

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementPublished LatePublished Late
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Year-End ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of Norway makes seven of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. These are the same documents found to be publicly available in the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014.

To improve budget transparency, Norway should publish a Pre-Budget Statement in a timely manner. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 84/100

The Government of Norway provides the public with extensive budget information.

Public Participation 75/100

The Government of Norway provides the public with adequate opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight

By legislature 94/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Norway is adequate.

By auditor 92/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Norway is adequate.

Recommendations

Improving Transparency

Norway should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish in a timely manner a Pre-Budget Statement.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report by presenting information on planned versus actual performance and more information on issues beyond the core budget.
Improving Participation

Norway should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Provide detailed feedback on how public perspectives have been captured and taken into account.
  • Provide detailed feedback on how public assistance and participation has been used by the supreme audit institution.

 



2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2008

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Country Summary Questionnaire

Norway’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with substantial information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This gives citizens tools to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.


2006

Downloads:
Country Summary Questionnaire



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