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.


Norway and the EU single market

‘Norway has longstanding and close ties with the EU. We cooperate on a broad range of policy areas through a number of agreements. The EEA Agreement is the mainstay of Norway’s European policy. For more than 20 years, it has broadened and deepened cooperation between the EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein,’ said Minister for EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende attended the Pledging Conference in support of Iraq in Washington, DC on 20 July 2016.

Significant increase in Norway's aid to Iraq

'The people of Iraq are in urgent need of aid. Norway is already providing a considerable amount of humanitarian assistance to the region. We are now increasing our support to Iraq by NOK 50 million, to a total of NOK 325 million,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who attended the Pledging Conference in support of Iraq in Washington, DC on 20 July 2016.


Meld. St. 10 (2014-2015)

Opportunities for All: Human Rights in Norway’s Foreign Policy and Development Cooperation

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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