Riksantikvaren (The Directorate for Cultural Heritage)

Riksantikvaren is the directorate for cultural environment management and the Ministry of Climate and Environment's advisory and executive body for cultural environment management.

Riksantikvaren ensures a good knowledge base and provides professional input to the ministry's work with the cultural environment as an integral part of climate and environmental policy.

Riksantikvaren is the decision-making authority for conservation, and the appeal body for decisions made by regional cultural environment management. In planning matters, Riksantikvaren has objection authority.

Riksantikvaren is also responsible for assisting the cultural environment management in the county municipalities, the Sami Parliament, the Governor of Svalbard and the municipalities with guidance and follow-up in the cultural environment area.

The Directorate develops digital services and manages data that ensures uniform cultural environment management.

Riksantikvaren will also facilitate the development of world heritage sites, such as Røros, Vega and Bryggen in Bergen, as beacons for the best practice in natural and cultural environment management.

The Directorate facilitates value creation and sustainable use of the cultural environment, and is a driving force and advisor for the use of cultural monuments and cultural environments as a resource in urban and regional development to create good quality urban environments.

The Directorate implements the cultural environment policy through the three national goals:

  • Everyone must have the opportunity to get involved and take responsibility for the cultural environment
  • The cultural environment must contribute to sustainable development through holistic community planning
  • A diverse cultural environment must be taken care of as a basis for knowledge, experience and use

Web page: https://www.riksantikvaren.no/en/