The County Governor is the chief representative of the King and Government, and work to ensure that decisions of the Storting (Parliament) and Government are implemented correctly.
In Norway, people meet the public sector in most areas of life. For the individual, the most important administrative level is the municipality, or local government. They are responsible for the basic services of society. An important role of the County Governor is to advise and supervise the local authorities in the implementation of central policies in a local context – with due respect to the political judgement of the local government.
In doing so, the County Governor acts as a guardian of civil rights. The County Governor may review local decisions regarding the rights of any individual in the fields of health and social care, education, building and planning, and may change the decision for the benefit of the individual. Other important fields of action are environment protection, agriculture, emergency planning, local government finances and family matters.