The High North

The High North will be Norway’s most important strategic priority area in the years ahead. Norway’s High North policy is intended to protect the environment, maintain settlement patterns and promote business development. The Government will further develop cooperation with Russia and our other partners in the north.

The seas north of the Norwegian mainland contain considerable fossil fuel and renewable fisheries resources. They have enormous economic potential which, if managed properly, will have great significance, both for the region and for the rest of the world. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is heading the effort to formulate, coordinate and implement the Government’s High North policy.


The High North - Visions and strategies

In the white paper, The High North, Vision and policy instruments, the Government presents a coherent, long-term Norwegian policy for dealing with the challenges and opportunities we are facing in the High North. This edited short version provides an overview of the main points discussed in the white paper.

Svalbard and the surrounding maritime areas

Svalbard and the Surrounding Maritime Areas

This is a brief introduction to the legal issues concerning the maritime areas around the archipelago of Svalbard.


Latest articles on the High North from the ministries

NOK 150 million allocated to business projects in the north

“Promoting economic activity and providing jobs in the north are important objectives of Norway’s High North policy. Our High North efforts have so far focused on increasing knowledge, but now we need to translate this into concrete value creation. We have therefore allocated NOK 150 million to strengthening the business dimension of our High North efforts in the coming years,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The Arctic: Major Opportunities – Major Responsibilities

"Our common goal must be to seize the opportunities and ensure sustainable management of resources in the Arctic. The students at this conference will have a crucial role to play in this endeavour", State Secretary Invild Næss Stub said in her speech in Bodø on 19 March.

Address at Russian–Norwegian Oil and Gas Conference

"Our close relations, high level of competence and industrial opportunities form an excellent basis for future cooperation", said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen in his address at the annual Russian–Norwegian Oil and Gas Conference in Tromsø.

Humans in the Arctic

The Arctic: Major Opportunities – Major Responsibilities

State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersens speech at the High North Diplomatic Forum at the Fram Museum in Oslo on 15 January 2014.

Environmental protection in Svalbard

Svalbard's unique wilderness environment supports a diversity of flora and fauna that is exceptionally rich in the Arctic context. With the exception of the areas in and around settlements, the archipelago as a whole retains all the features of a large and contiguous wilderness region.

The Arctic: Major Opportunities – Major Responsibilities

"In the Arctic we need to go forward gradually – step by step – following high environmental and safety standards. We have to make sure that the development of the resources is conducted in a sustainable manner. This requires investments of both financial and intellectual capital. But it is the most important investment we can make for the future Arctic", said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in his speech in Washington D.C.

Nett-TV: 14th session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council in Tromsø

On 29 October 2013, Norway’s Foreign Minister, Mr Børge Brende, will host the 14th session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) in Tromsø, Norway. The meeting will mark the end of the Norwegian chairmanship of the Council.

An active High North policy – growth and innovation in the north

Foreign Minister Børge Brendes speech at the University of Tromsø on 28 October 2013.

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Telephone: +47 23 95 15 64

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Section for the High North Project, Polar Affairs, Energy and Resources

Telephone: +47 23 95 15 64