The Communication Unit is responsible for information regarding the ministry’s political affairs and key decisions. The unit handles the day to day contact with the press and the public, and assists the Minister and political leadership in media matters. This includes press releases, press conferences, speeches, and editing the Ministry’s website.
Department director: Head of Communication Marius Bakke
The Department of Administrative Affairs develops governing systems and determines overarching guidelines for effective and coordinated management and operation of the Ministry. The department handles administrative matters and ensures that the Ministry’s management is in regulatory compliance.
Department director: Deputy Secretary General Henning Henriksen
The Department for Equality, Non-discrimination and International Affairs has sectoral and coordination responsibility for equality and non-discrimination policy. It is also responsible for the implementation of international conventions, international cooperation in relevant fields, equality and non-discrimination legislation, cultural diversity and general international cultural matters.
Department director: Acting Director General Siw Ellefsen
The department is responsible for state sports policy and generally for coordinating and harmonising the state’s relations with the voluntary sector. The department administers the surplus generated by Norsk Tipping for sports purposes, socially beneficial and humanitarian organisations and the Frifond fund. Its general responsibility for voluntary-sector policy encompasses the value added tax compensation scheme for non-profit organisations, civil society and voluntary sector research, the Register of Non-Profit Organizations and simplification initiatives.
Department director: Director General Lars Audun Granly
Department of Cultural Heritage is responsible for archives, libraries, visual art, architecture, literature, language policy, cultural buildings, museums, intellectual cultural heritage and Sami affairs. The department’s responsibilities also include oversight of the National Library of Norway, the National Archives Services of Norway, KORO (Public Art Norway), the Nidaros Cathedral’s Restoration Workshop, the Language Council of Norway and the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille.
Department director: Director General Steinar Lien
The Department of Media and the Arts is responsible for the development of national policy relating to freedom of expression, print and digital media, gaming, foundations, copyright, cultural and creative industries, film, computer games, music, the performing arts and artist support schemes. The department also administers legislation in these areas, as well as licensing and grant schemes for relevant state and non-state bodies and institutions.
Department director: Director General Christine Hamnen