Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Anniken Huitfeldt (Lab.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim (Cent.)

Minister of International Development

The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.
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Norway in the UN Security Council 2021-2022

Norway is an elected member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and 2022. We will use the experience gained from many years of engagement in peace and reconciliation efforts to build bridges and seek solutions to the seemingly intractable conflicts on the Security Council’s agenda.

Det blir ekstraflygninger for nordmenn fra Spania.

International travel and the coronavirus

The global advice against all non-essential travel was rescinded on 1 October 2021, and no new pandemic-related travel advice has been issued for any countries in connection with this. Travel advice may be issued for specific countries if major challenges related to the pandemic emerge again. Anyone considering a trip abroad should think carefully about whether it is necessary to travel.


Partner Countries in Development Policy

Norway’s development efforts are designed to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main aim is to eradicate extreme poverty, ensure inclusive and sustainable development and promote prosperity, peace and justice throughout the world by 2030.

International strategy for freedom of expression

'The right to freedom of expression, including free access to information, is a fundamental human right. Freedom of expression is essential to enabling people to acquire knowledge and form their own opinions', the introduction to the strategy says.

News from the Ministry

Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt in the UN Security Council room. In January Norway will hold the Council's presidency. Credit: MFA

Norway to hold presidency of Security Council in January

23/12/2021: Norway will hold the presidency of the Security Council in January 2022. In addition to leading the Council’s work to promote international peace and security, Norway will organise a number of thematic meetings focusing on its identified priority areas. Norway’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs are planning to visit New York in January and will chair some of the meetings.

Ifølge Verdens matvareprogram (WFP) har antallet som nå opplever matusikkerhet økt til 12,4 millioner mennesker. Norges hjelp prøver å bøte på dette. Foto: WFP

Norway increases humani-tarian funding for acute crises

08/12/2021: ‘Norway is increasing its annual contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to NOK 450 million over the next four years. This will create greater predictability and enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt. The agreement was signed together with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths.