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  • 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.

  • NOK 1.3 billion increase in aid budget for 2018

    'The Government's proposed aid budget for 2018 is bigger than ever before and amounts to NOK 35.1 billion. This is NOK 1.3 billion more than in 2017. We are intensifying our efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and giving priority to areas that we know promote long-term development, growth and stability. The budget gives clear priority to efforts in the five areas of education, health, climate change and renewable energy, job creation, humanitarian assistance, and efforts in regions affected by conflict and fragility,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Educating people for the future

    The Government is strengthening Norway's competitiveness through its commitment to knowledge and research. In the state budget for 2018, the Government proposes, among other things, to strengthen efforts on early intervention in kindergarten and primary and lower secondary school, and to increase allocations for research, vocational training (VET) and vocational colleges.

  • Market Value

    The market value of the GPFG equalled 8,018 billion Norwegian kroner at the end of June 2017. Investments in equities, fixed-income and unlisted real estate corresponded to 5,220 billion, 2,600 billion and 200 billion kroner, respectively, equivalent to a proportion of Fund assets of 65.1 percent, 32.4 percent and 2.5 percent.

  • Ministry of Defence

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

  • Greater engagement in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility

    The Government is proposing a NOK 280 million increase in funding for stabilisation efforts in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility. In addition, the Government proposes to triple support for efforts to combat global security challenges such as terrorism, extremism and organised crime. As announced in a recent white paper on Norway's foreign and security policy, the Government intends to redouble its efforts in unstable areas in Europe's neighbourhood.

  • Fund Performance

    From 1 January 1998 to the end of June 2017, the average annual nominal return on the GPFG was 5.9 percent as measured in the currency basket of the Fund. The nominal return net of asset management costs and inflation (net real return) is in the said period calculated at 4.0 percent.

  • Norway to step up funding to alleviate humanitarian crises

    The Government proposes an increase in humanitarian funding to an unprecedented level. 'Never before have so many people been affected by wars, conflicts and natural disasters. Given that more than 140 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide and the UN is not receiving enough funding, it is vital that Norway increases its humanitarian aid,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance is responsible for planning and implementing the Norwegian economic policy and for coordinating the work with the Fiscal Budget.

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    A budget for economic growth, job creation, and a sustainable welfare state

    The Government’s fiscal policy has been used actively to counter the effects of the oil price slump. The economy is now gradually recovering. In the fiscal budget for 2018, the use of petroleum revenues will therefore increase more slowly than in recent years. The Government prioritisesgrowth-promoting tax reductions and a continued focus on education, transport, health, and welfare at the local level.

  • Stepping up funding for job creation and renewable energy

    'Jobs must be created in developing countries if we are to succeed in combating poverty and achieving the sustainable development goals. This is why we are proposing to increase support for private-sector development by NOK 338 million in 2018,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Fund Performance

    The GPFN generated a nominal rate of return of 3.7 percent in the first half of 2017, as measured in Norwegian kroner and before the deduction of asset management costs. The equity and fixed-income portfolios produced an aggregate return of 4.7 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.

  • Market Value

    Aggregate market value of the Government Pension Fund was 8,238 billion Norwegian kroner at the end of June 2017. The GPFG accounted for in excess of 97 percent of total assets.

  • Key figures in the fiscal budget 2018

    To ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information in the fiscal budget, selected key figures are unveiled prior to the budget release.

  • World Day Against the Death Penalty 10 October 2017

    World Day Against the Death Penalty is being marked today for the 15th year in a row, with events all over the world. 'The death penalty is irreversible. In all criminal justice systems there is a risk that mistakes will be made and innocent people will be convicted. Given this fact, no state should be willing to use the death penalty,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • NOK 50 million to EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

    The Government will provide NOK 50 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU's trust fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. 'Norway is participating actively in European cooperation on migration and refugee crises. Working together with EU countries, we will intensify our efforts to address the root causes of today's migration challenges, such as poverty, unemployment and poor governance,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • The speech from the throne by His Majesty The King on the occasion of the opening of the 162th session of the Storting

    The Storting, October 9 2017

  • Joint Norway-UK Statement on  lifting the sanctions against Sudan

    Norway and the United Kingdom welcome the decision taken by the United States Government to permanently lift the bilateral economic sanctions imposed on Sudan.

  • 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.

  • Prime Minister Solberg congratulates ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize

    ‘I would like to congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. By mobilising civil society all over the world, ICAN is playing an important role in promoting the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.