Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Anniken Huitfeldt (Lab.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim (Cent.)

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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Latest news on the situation in Ukraine

An overview of articles on the rise in tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the Russian attack on Ukraine on 24 February 2022 is available below.

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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.


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). The main aim is to eradicate extreme poverty, ensure inclusive and sustainable development and promote prosperity, peace and justice throughout the world by 2030.

International strategy for freedom of expression

'The right to freedom of expression, including free access to information, is a fundamental human right. Freedom of expression is essential to enabling people to acquire knowledge and form their own opinions', the introduction to the strategy says.

News from the Ministry

Bildemontasje til statsbudsjettet 2023

Budget proposal 2023

Crisis response, food security, climate change adaptation


The budget proposal for 2023 reflects the situation caused by the war in Ukraine. Areas to be given priority are humanitarian aid, efforts to combat hunger and climate change, and increased efforts to promote women’s rights. The Government has proposed an overall aid budget of NOK 43.8 billion for 2023.

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Foreign policy address to the Storting 22 March


Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt held her address for the Storting 22 March. She started with the decision the Storting took 73 years ago:  Voting in favour of Norwegian membership in Nato.