News

On this page you can find press releases and news articles from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministries.

Third anniversary of terrorist attack on 22 July

Several events are being held to mark the third anniversary of the attacks on the government offices and Utøya on 22 July 2011. There will be memorial events in Oslo and on Utøya, as well as a service in Oslo Cathedral.


New strategy for intensified international efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation

‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Norway condemns suicide attack in Afghanistan

Almost 100 people are believed to have been killed and many more injured in a suicide attack at a market in Afghanistan on 15 July. ‘This was a gruesome and totally unacceptable attack, which killed and maimed civilians in a public place. Norway has been in contact with the Afghan authorities and we have expressed our deepest condolences to the many victims and their families,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Foreign Minister Brende to visit the Middle East: Decisive need for ceasefire and a lasting peace

‘The only viable way to bring the civilian losses and the enormous suffering in Gaza to an end is an early ceasefire. More than 180 people have been reported killed and some 1400 have been wounded during the attacks of the past week. Most of them are civilians, and many are women and children. This is unacceptable, and cannot be allowed to continue,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is travelling to the Middle East today.


Norway welcomes agreement on audit of Afghan election result

‘I welcome the agreement reached yesterday evening by the two presidential candidates in Afghanistan on an extensive audit of the election result. In agreeing to this step, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are showing that they both take responsibility for promoting stability and unity in the country,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.


Norway provides NOK 30 million for emergency aid in Gaza

‘The UN has declared an emergency in Gaza. A large number of civilians have been wounded, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of hospitals and ambulance services. Norway is sending NOK 30 million in emergency aid to Gaza,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Strong Norwegian reaction to escalating violence in Gaza

‘I am appalled by the violence in Gaza over the last few days, which is affecting large numbers of civilians, including large numbers of children who have been killed or seriously wounded under Israeli attacks. On Friday night alone, 16 people were killed, and altogether 121 people have been killed since the hostilities began. I deeply deplore this use of violence,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Norway deeply concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine

‘I am deeply concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are using increasingly heavy military equipment, which is resulting in loss of life and destruction of infrastructure. This is unacceptable,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.


Unacceptable consequences for the civilian population

‘The dramatic escalation of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is having completely unacceptable consequences for civilians. In my talks with Foreign Minister Lieberman and President Abbas, I have urged all parties to stop the attacks and resume efforts to bring about a political solution,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Foreign Minister warns against further escalation of violence in the Middle East

‘The events of the last few days clearly show how quickly the current tense situation could spiral out of control. I urge both the Israelis and the Palestinians to exercise restraint. It is important to seize upon the initiative for a ceasefire, which now appears to be coming from the Palestinians. Israel, as the strongest party, has a particular responsibility to show restraint and to ensure that no more lives are lost,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.