The annual report of the Royal Court provides an account of the official activities of the Royal Family and the operation of the Court during the previous year. A short summary of the latest report may be found below.
The report is intended to provide better information about and increase understanding of the activities of the Royal House of Norway and the Royal Court. A full version of the annual report and Royal accounts is available in Norwegian, and may be downloaded as PDF.
Annual report for 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated infection control measures have affected much of the activity of the Royal House of Norway and the Royal Court during 2020. The official programme for the members of the Royal Family and many of the activities of the Royal Court were greatly scaled back in keeping with the general shutdowns implemented in Norway. The constitutional duties of the King have been for the most part carried out as normal.
Travelled across Norway during the pandemic
In spite of the pandemic, the Royal Family managed to visit all of Norway’s counties, 24 municipalities and Jan Mayen in the course of 2020. An additional 31 municipalities received digital visits by means of 40 videoconferences. Members of the Royal Family met with people from more than 30 different spheres, including health workers, teachers, students and schoolchildren, businesspeople, cultural actors, child welfare officers, workers in cleaning agencies, NAV employees, furloughed employees, municipal employees, and representatives of volunteer organisations and mental health organisations.
Fiftieth State Visit
In March the King and Queen conducted their fiftieth State Visit. The milestone visit to Jordan was their first state visit to the Middle East. Extensive infection control measures were introduced in Norway directly after the King and Queen returned from their journey, and no members of the Royal Family have travelled abroad since. The Royal Family carried out a total of four official visits abroad in 2020, and visited an additional seven countries via a digital platform.
Security project at the Royal residences
The largest individual project under the Royal Court is the security project, which is designed to enhance security at the Royal Palace and the other Royal residences. Progress in this project has also been affected by the pandemic, but measures have been implemented to facilitate the planned completion of the project in the course of 2021.
The annual accounts for 2020 show a deficit of NOK 65 million. This is a budgeted deficit, resulting from the planned use in the security project in 2020 of NOK 87 million of the appropriations to the project from previous years.
The accounts for the Royal Court show a surplus of NOK 22 million. The limited participation of the Royal Family in official events and travel due to the restrictions imposed in the infection control measures has led to a decrease in expenditure. Several of the Royal Court’s renovation and maintenance projects have also been delayed due to long periods in which external craftspeople and other suppliers were not allowed to be physically present at the Royal residences for reasons of infection control. Most of this surplus is planned to be used for projects in 2021 and 2022. A calculated deficit in the accounts is therefore anticipated for 2021 and in all likelihood 2022 as well. Most of these funds will be used in connection with the upgrade of building and park facilities.
The annual report and accounts of the Royal Court for 2020 have been submitted to the Presidium of the Storting, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, and the Office of the Auditor General of Norway.