Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is a Government Office with responsibility for the formation and implementation of Norwegian security and defence policy.


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Forsvarsminister Frank Bakke-Jensen og den amerikanske forsvarsministeren James N. Mattis på pressemøtet i Forsvarsdepartementet 14. juli 2018.

Norwegian Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen met James N. Mattis:

US Secretary of Defense visited Norway

US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis visited Norway on Saturday July 14th. — The United States is our closest and most important ally, and it is an honor to welcome Secretary Mattis to Oslo, said Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen in his statement.

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Norges syvende F-35 er nå levert og benyttes til utdannings- og treningsformål i USA.

The F-35 aircraft marks the start of a new era for the Norwegian Armed Forces

The F-35 remains crucial to the continued modernization of our Armed Forces and our ability to preserve Norwegian and allied security and interests. The Government marked the procurement with a ceremony at Ørland Air Base November 10th. – Today, we are marking an important milestone in the development of Norway’s defence capabilities: The arrival in Norway of the first F-35 Lightning II jets, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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Kristin Lund to be the first female UN leader in the Middle East

On October 6th the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres announced that Major General Kristin Lund will be the new head of UNs military observers in the Middle East - United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Lund will make it to the history books once again becoming the first female leader for UNTSO. UNTSO is amongst others responsible for monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and the neighboring Arabic states.

Norwegian Government Proposes Significant Boost in Defence Expenditures

The Norwegian government continues to give priority to the defence sector in its annual budget proposal through a NOK 3 billion increase in 2018. It shows the government’s commitment to increase defence spending every year to meet the ambitions set out in the Long Term Plan “Capable and sustainable” for the defence sector for the years 2017-2020. In a more complex and dangerous world, Norway continues to invest in its Armed Forces.

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The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.


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Phone: + 47 23 09 80 00
Address: Pb. 8126 Dep., 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: Glacisgata 1, 0150 Oslo

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