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

Norway condemns attacks on civilians and UN personnel in South Sudan

“Norway condemns the killing and injuring of civilians in South Sudan in recent days. These attacks are clear violations of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, which both parties to the conflict have signed. Leaders on both sides of South Sudan’s conflict are responsible for bringing an end to the violence and unrest immediately,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Deeply worrying developments in eastern Ukraine

“Developments in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours give cause for concern. It is deeply regrettable that once again people have been killed as a result of the political conflict in the country,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway to host donor conference for South Sudan

“South Sudan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the armed conflict in the country. We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo in May to mobilise resources for alleviating this serious crisis,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

A sound and responsible management of the Government Pension Fund

"The Government is today presenting a report to Parliament (Storting) on the management of the Government Pension Fund in 2013. - The Fund has served us well and it gives important contributions to the financing of our welfare state", says Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.

Change among the state secretaries

In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Lars Jacob Hiim, as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. At the same time Mr. Eirik Lae Solberg has been honourably discharged from the same office.

Expert group on investments in coal and petroleum companies

The Ministry of Finance has appointed an expert group to assess the Government Pension Fund Global's (GPFG) appropriate use of policy instruments and investments in coal and petroleum companies.

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.

Countercyclical buffer unchanged

The Ministry of Finance has today decided to keep the level of the countercyclical capital buffer for banks unchanged. This is in line with the advice from Norges Bank. The Financial Supervisory Authority has stated that it concurs with the advice.

APA 2014 - Acreage announcement

Today, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is announcing this year’s licensing round for mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf – Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2014. The aim is to award new production licences in the announced areas at the beginning of 2015.

Violence and arrests in Venezuela

Since the beginning of February, Venezuela has been hit by a wave of protests and political unrest. More than 35 people are reported to have been killed. Many others have been injured. A number of protesters have also been arrested.