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.


Wide view of the General Assembly meeting to consider the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. Credit: Cia Pak, UN

Norway’s priorities for the UN General Assembly

2018-09-13: The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly will be formally opened on 18 September 2018 by the General Assembly’s newly elected President, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Here you can read Norway’s priorities for the upcoming session.

Utviklingsminister Nikolai Astrup på besøk i Malawi. Foto: Kristin Enstad, UD

Digital strategy for development policy

2018-08-13: ‘The World Bank has made it clear that we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 without the use of new technologies in development cooperation. This is the starting point for the digital strategy for development policy that has been drawn up by the Government,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.


Meld. St. 36 (2016-2017)

Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy

Strategy for cooperation with the EU 2018-2021

Norway's shared European interests and values form the basis for the country’s cooperation with EU institutions and member states in the international arena, not least in our common neighbouring areas.

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