International relations

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As the expert ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is both a preparatory and an executive body in connection with foreign policy matters, economic foreign policy issues and aid-related matters. The Ministry has two ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Development.
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Norway doubles humanitarian support for Jordan

‘Norway will double its humanitarian assistance to Jordan, bringing this to a total of around NOK 100 million in 2015. Jordan has received more than 600.000 refugees from Syria, which is creating a major pressure on the Jordanian community. Therefore, we will increase our assistance to Jordan,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan

Foreign Minister Børge Brende's speech at the first plenary session 'Promoting Financial and Economic Cooperation through Enhanced Europe-Asia Connectivity' at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Milan 16 October 2014.

Norwegian Foreign Minister in Liberia: Norway pledges a further NOK 75 million to the fight against Ebola

‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst the world has ever seen, and is a serious threat to health, security and development both in the region and globally. Unless the international community, and particularly the UN and WHO, scale up and speed up the response, the situation will continue to deteriorate,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Challenges for implementation of a peace agreement

'For Colombia, a peace agreement represents only a beginning. The real challenge is what lies ahead. Norway has a long-term partnership with Colombia, and will continue to provide assistance in the post-conflict phase', said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen in his statement at a seminar on the Colombian peace agreement.

License granted for electricity interconnectors to Germany and the UK

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has today granted Statnett licenses for two new electricity interconnectors, one to Germany and one to the United Kingdom. In total, this will increase Norway’s interconnection capacity with near 50 percent. Statnett plans commissioning of the cable to Germany in 2018, while the cable to the UK is planned commissioned in 2020.

Norway tightens restrictive measures against Russia

The Government decided today to tighten its restrictive measures against Russia. This brings Norwegian legislation in line with the measures introduced by the EU on 12 September. Amendments to the regulations were adopted by the King in Council today and come into effect immediately.

Norway pledges NOK 70 million to new World Bank fund to fight Ebola

Norway is the first country to support the World Bank’s new multidonor fund for the fight against Ebola. ‘It is positive that the World Bank is setting up a fund to put the health sector in the affected countries in a better position to deal with the crisis. Norway will contribute nearly NOK 70 million to the fund,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

High North efforts to be intensified in 2015

The High North is Norway’s most important foreign policy area. The Government intends to pursue an ambitious High North policy, giving priority to knowledge-based business development, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

Reforming development assistance to improve results

The Government intends to pursue an effective development policy that yields results. In 2013, 116 countries received aid from Norway. In order to achieve better results, the Government is proposing to concentrate its efforts on 84 countries.

Increase of NOK 290 million for private sector development

Trade and private sector activities are vital for bringing about growth and lasting change in developing countries. Economic growth and free trade are the most effective means of fostering development.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Telephone: + 47 23 95 00 00
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PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
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Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse

Contact information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Telephone: + 47 23 95 00 00
Fax: +47 23 95 00 99

Address

PO box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse