The coronavirus situation

Information and advice about the coronavirus situation from Norwegian authorities.

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.
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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.

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.

 A woman collects food in Deir Hafer, 60 km from Aleppo in Syria. WFP is working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to distribute food to the most vulnerable.

Major effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic’s economic and social ramifications will be dramatic. Poor countries with weak health systems and vulnerable population groups will likely be the hardest hit in terms of lives lost and economic damage.

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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

The entrance to the Danish and Norwegian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit: The armed forces

Norwegian Embassy in Kabul to be closed temporarily

13/08/2021: ‘The security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating rapidly and this is having a severe impact on the civilian population. We have therefore decided to temporarily close the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul and evacuate the staff. At the same time, we intend to continue our comprehensive engagement with Afghanistan,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. The closure is temporary, and Norway will reopen the Embassy in Kabul when the situation allows.

14-day Covid-19 case notification rate per 100.000 inhabitants, updated 30 August 2021.  Credit: EU

Information about travel and coronavirus

10/09/2021: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rescinded its advice against all non-essential travel for the Schengen area/EEA, Switzerland and the UK. Exceptions to the global travel advice for these countries will now be assessed independently of the quarantine requirements. The infection situation and local restrictions can change very quickly. Anyone considering a trip abroad should think carefully about whether it is necessary to travel.