Departments

  • Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

    The Secretariat is headed by Const. Director Jannicke Graatrud.

    Department director: Director Jannicke Graatrud

  • Press office

    Department director: Head of Communications Frode O. Andersen

  • Department for European Affairs

    The department is responsible for safeguarding Norway’s interests in European and global cooperation on trade and economic affairs.

    Department director: Director General Niels Engelschiøn

  • Department for Security Policy and the High North

    Norwegian security policy interests, both bilateral and in international organisations such as NATO and the OSCE. Norwegian interests in the High North and the Arctic/Antarctic, and Norwegian resource policy interests.

    Department director: Director General Rune Resaland

  • Department for Regional Affairs

    The department is responsible for ensuring that Norwegian international development policy is designed to promote the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and is in keeping with the Norwegian Government’s priorities. It is also responsible for following up Norwegian interests in regions outside Europe and North America and for developing a more coherent Norwegian foreign policy in these regions.

    Department director: Director General Tine Mørch Smith

  • Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs

    The Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs works actively to strengthen the UN, promote more effective global governance and enhance the rule of law as globalisation and internationalisation increase. It coordinates and further develops Norway’s humanitarian, peace and reconciliation efforts.

    Department director: Director General Kjersti E. Andersen

  • Department for Economic Relations and Development

    The Department for Economic Relations and Development is responsible for a forward-looking development policy, multilateral development financing, the Ministry’s economic diplomacy work, promoting Norway’s energy interests, and work relating to climate change and the environment. The Department safeguards Norway’s interests in the WTO and the OECD, and works to promote fairer world trade. Economic analysis is an important part of the Department’s work.

    Department director: Director General Petter Ølberg

  • The Legal Affairs Department

    The Legal Affairs Department provides legal expertise for the Government and the central government administration, and has particular responsibility for coordinating Norway’s positions on matters of international law in international forums.

    Department director: Director General Margit F. Tveiten

  • Department for Culture and Protocol

    The Department for Culture and Protocol is responsible for promoting Norwegian arts and culture abroad and for development cooperation projects in this field. The Department also provides guidance on matters of protocol for the whole government, and is responsible for state and official visits, and for relations with the diplomatic and consular missions of other countries in Norway.

    Department director: Director General Merete Fjeld Brattested

  • Human and Financial Resources Department

    The Department is responsible for recruiting highly qualified personell to all positions in the Foreign Service, and for providing the conditions for sound financial management throughout the the Service.

    Department director: Director General Anne Kristin Lund

  • Services Department

    The Services Department is responsible for ensuring that the Ministry provides a range of professional services, including in the area of consular affairs. It seeks to ensure a high level of security and preparedness in the event of crises and disasters. It is responsible for ensuring that employees at the missions abroad and in the Ministry in Oslo have the physical working conditions and the equipment they need for carrying out their tasks.

    Department director: Director General Per Egil Selvaag