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Norway

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary Questionnaire
Transparency

85

out of 100
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Public Participation

17

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

91

out of 100
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IBP considers countries that score above 60 on the Open Budget Index as providing sufficient budget information to enable the public to engage in budget discussions in an informed manner. IBP considers countries scoring above 60 on participation and oversight as providing adequate opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and providing adequate oversight practices, respectively.

Transparency (Open Budget Index)

85

out of 100

Norway provides the public with extensive budget information.

How Has the Open Budget Index Score Changed Over Time?
Recommendations for Improving Transparency

Norway should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish a Pre-Budget Statement online in a timely manner.

Public Participation

17

out of 100

Norway provides few opportunities for the public to engage in the budget process.

How Does Public Participation Compare to Other Countries in the Region?

Global Average 12/100
United Kingdom 57/100
Canada 39/100
United States 22/100
France 17/100
Germany 17/100
Norway 17/100
Sweden 17/100
Portugal 15/100
Italy 7/100
Spain 2/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Norway should prioritize the following actions to improve public participation in its budget process:

  • Pilot mechanisms for members of the public and executive branch officials to exchange views on national budget matters during both the formulation of the national budget and the monitoring of its implementation. These mechanisms could build on innovations, such as participatory budgeting and social audits. For examples of such mechanisms, see fiscaltransparency.net/mechanisms.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the Audit Report, during which members of the public or civil society organizations can testify.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution by participating in relevant audit investigations.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

91

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in Norway provide adequate oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 91/100
Execution/Audit 93/100

The legislature provides adequate oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides adequate oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle and adequate oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

To What Extent Does the Supreme Audit Institution Provide Budget Oversight?

Adequate 89/100

The supreme audit institution provides adequate budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Norway should prioritize the following actions to make budget oversight more effective:

  • Ensure audit processes are reviewed by an independent agency.
  • Consider setting up an independent fiscal institution to further strengthen budget oversight.

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Open Budget Survey 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.

 


Open Budget Survey 2012

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Open Budget Survey 2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

Open Budget Survey 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.


Open Budget Survey 2006

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Country Summary Questionnaire



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