Ministry of Culture

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the policy areas of culture, church, the media, sport and the voluntary sector. The Ministry also has overarching responsibility for the state lotteries run by Norsk Tipping and for regulating gaming and lotteries run by private organisations.


The Latvian Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde and the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey.

Visit from the Latvian Minister of Culture

On 19. March, Minister Widvey met with the Latvian Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde. Melbārde was in Oslo on the occasion of the Latvian state visit to Norway.

Norwegian National Championship in poker and private poker teams legalized

The Ministry of Culture has adopted amendments in the regulations relevant to lotteries with the result that now a Norway may arrange a National Championship in poker. Permission is now given for up to five regional qualification tournaments and three types of tournament poker.

Statsminister Erna Solberg og kulturminister thorhild Widvey intervjues av TV2 om Frivillighetserklæringen

The government’s declaration on voluntary work

On 5 December, UN International Volunteer Day, the government published its declaration on voluntary work, which establishes a framework for dialogue and interaction between the voluntary sector and the government.

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


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Phone: +47 22 24 90 90
Press phone: +47 90 23 10 93
Address: , Postboks 8030 Dep 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Akersgata 59,