Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ine Eriksen Søreide (Con.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dag-Inge Ulstein (CDP)

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.

Topics and insight

Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein at a school in Tigray, Ethiopia. Credit: Kari Eken Wollebæk, MFA

Global education a priority for Norway

Education is a human right for all children regardless of where in the world they live. Despite this, some 64 million children of primary school age and 61 million young people of lower secondary school age are still out of school. Education is vital to fighting poverty and ensuring sustainable development. Education is one of the top priorities of Norwegian development policy.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, visits Nato. Credit: Nato

Defending the security architecture in Europe

International law is our first line of defence. But how effective would it be without the institutions and practices that make up our security architecture? Institutions such as Nato, the EU, the OSCE and the Council of Europe? Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide gave her answers at the Leangkollen Conference.

The new MoUs with Cyprus on funding for the new period of the EEA and Norway Grants were signed in the capital, Nicosia. Credit: MFA

Cyprus: New funding period for EEA and Norway Grants

Norway and Cyprus have signed MoUs on funding totalling EUR 11.5 million for the new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants. In the new period, support will continue to be provided to projects that promote dialogue between the north and south of the island.


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), which world leaders adopted at the UN summit in 2015. The main aim is to eradicate extreme poverty, ensure inclusive and sustainable development and promote prosperity, peace and justice throughout the world by 2030.

Strategy for cooperation with the EU 2018-2021

Firstly, the cooperation must help to realise the Government’s vision for our part of the world: a Europe that is secure, free, and economically strong, and where the individual countries take joint responsibility for addressing shared challenges. Secondly, the Government will pursue an effective European policy that enables us to promote Norwegian interests and our vision for Europe as successfully as possible.

News from the Ministry

Cumulativ number of reported covid-19 cases per 100.000. as of 7 April.  Ill.: EU

Information about travel and coronavirus

04/04/2020: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries. For now, this advice will remain in effect until 14 April. The Foreign Ministry urges all Norwegian citizens who are travelling abroad to consider returning home as soon as possible, in a safe and calm manner, in consultation with their travel agency or airline.

Geographic distribution of Covid-19 cases worldwide, as of 7 April 2020. Ill.: EU

Norway takes initiative for new coronavirus fund at UN

23/03/2020: Norway is taking the initiative to create a new multi-donor fund at the United Nations to assist developing countries with weak health systems in addressing the coronavirus crisis. The initiative was well received by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. The UN has responded quickly and is aiming to launch the fund shortly, perhaps within the next few days.

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