The Ministry of Culture is divided into seven departments, The Communication Unit and The Minister’s secretariat.
  • The Communication Unit

    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 Hanne Gjørtz

  • Department of Administrative Affairs

    The Department of Administrative Affairs is responsible for personnel and payroll administration, development projects, health, safety and environment and inclusive working life programmes, records management, ICT, safety and emergency preparedness, financial and budget-related matters, coordination of public hearings and inter-departmental coordination.

    Department director: Deputy Secretary General Henning Henriksen

  • Department of Civil Society and Sports

    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 and Religious and Life Stance Affairs

    The department is responsible for religious and life stance policy and has overall responsibility for Opplysningsvesenets fond and the war graves service. Its responsibilities also include the development of national policy in the archive, library, literature and language fields and the coordination of cultural matters with an international dimension. The department administers bodies and institutions, such as grants to the Church of Norway, as well as laws and regulations in these fields.

    Department director: Director General Ingrid Vad Nilsen

  • Department of the Arts and Museums

    The Department of the Arts and Museums is responsible for the development of national policy relating to music, the dramatic arts, the visual arts, museums and other cultural heritage matters. Its responsibilities also encompass culture and the business sector, artist finances, children and youth culture, cultural buildings, the voluntary cultural sector, Sami cultural objectives and culture in the High North. The department administers allocations and grants to state and non-state bodies and institutions, as well as laws and regulations in these fields.

    Department director: Director General Christine Hamnen

  • Department of Media Policy and Copyright

    The department is responsible for mass media, film, computer games, copyright legislation, gaming/lotteries and foundations.

    Department director: Director General Nina Økland