Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.



Increased humanitarian efforts in revised budget

The Government has proposed to increase its allocation to humanitarian efforts by NOK 274 million in the revised budget. 'The additional funds will mainly go to Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeastern Nigeria, which are now being hit by a famine that has been described as the worst in the history of the UN', said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The agreement was signed in Lisbon on 22 May by State Secretary Elsbeth Tronstad and Portugal's Minister of Planning and Infrastructure Pedro Marques. Christian Grotnes Halvorsen, MFA, Oslo

Agreement with Portugal on blue and green growth

Norway and Portugal have signed a new cooperation agreement under the EEA and Norway Grants, for a total of more than NOK 900 million. Of this amount, NOK 550 million (EUR 62 million) will be used to strengthen business, research and climate cooperation.


Meld. St. 36 (2016-2017)

Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy

Norway's arctic policy

Norway's arctic policy: Creating value, managing resources, confronting climate change and fostering knowledge. Developments in the Arctic concern us all

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