The National Budget 2021:
Producing more and making working life more inclusive
Norway has in 2020 experienced an economic setback without precedent since the war. Activity has been on the rebound in the last few months, but the road ahead remains fraught with uncertainty. The fiscal budget for 2021 shall help Norway recover the coronavirus crisis.
Key Figures in the National Budget 2021
Information about the Coronavirus situation in Norway.
Norway elected to the UN Security Council
Today, Norway was elected as a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021–2022. ‘We would like to thank the UN member states for the confidence they have shown in us. The world needs more international cooperation to promote peace and security. We will make use of our seat on the Security Council to strengthen this work,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
New guidance on holiday and leisure travel
Norwegian health authorities issued updated guidance today on holiday and leisure travel in Norway. The new guidance will help to make travelling in Norway this summer a safe experience. Also today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended its own travel advice, continuing to caution against non-essential travel to all countries. As it stands, this advice will remain in effect until 20 August. By 15 June, however, consideration will be given to amending the travel advice as it pertains to the Nordic countries. By 20 July, consideration will be given to amending it for certain other nearby European countries.
Revised National Budget
A budget to help us safely reclaim ordinary life
The Norwegian economy has suffered its most severe setback ever in peacetime. However, the Government is laying the groundwork for Norway’s emergence from the crisis.
The Prime Minister is the most senior member of the Government, responsible for coordinating and leading the work of the Government.
Minister of Education and Integration
The Minister of Education and Integration is responsible for primary and secondary school, upper secondary and tertiary vocational education, educational loans and grants, adult education and skills and integration. The minister is also responsible for Nordic cooperation.
Minister of Children and Families
Minister of Finance
The Minister of Finance has a main responsibility for national economic policy and co-ordinates the preparation of the national budget.
Minister of Justice and Public Security
The Minister of Justice and Public Security is responsible for the judicial system, the correctional services, the police and prosecuting authorities, asylum and immigration, civil protection, preparedness and the Polar areas.
Minister of Health and Care services
The Minister of Health is responsible for government policy related to hospitals, municipal health care services, preventive measures, psychiatric health and drug addiction.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for Norwegian foreign policy, the promotion of Norway’s interests internationally and the foreign service, which includes more than 100 embassies, permanent missions and delegations, and consulates general.
Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation
The Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation is responsible for steering regional and district development policy, IT policy, electronic communications, privacy protection, and policies towards Sami and national minorities in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.
Minister of Defence
The Minister of Defence is responsible for the formation and implementation of Norwegian security and defence policy.
Minister of Local Government and Modernisation
The Minister of Local Government is responsible for steering administrative policy, local government finances, local administration and the conduct of elections, planning, housing and building policy, coordinating the government’s work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, national mapping and geodata policy, government employer policy, central government building and property management, administrative responsibility for county governors, contact with the Royal House of Norway, and administrative responsibility for the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.
Minister of Trade and Industry
The Ministry of Trade and Industry is responsible for designating industrial policy with an eye to the future. This includes involvement in any policy area that affects value creation.
Minister of Transport
The Minister of Transport is responsible for policies relating to the transport of people and goods, telecommunication ands postal services.
Minister of Agriculture and Food
The Minister of Agriculture and Food is responsible for implementing the Government's policy concerning agriculture and food.
Minister of International Development
The Minister of International Development is responsible for international development efforts in countries outside the OSCE, the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. He is also responsible for development cooperation under the auspices of the UN system, the World Bank, the regional development banks and other global funds and programmes. In addition, he is responsible for Norad, Norec and Norfund.
Minister of Research and Higher Education
The Minister of Research and Higher Education is responsible for research policy and for higher education.
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs has the main responsibility for labour market policy, working environment and safety policy, pensions policy, and welfare and social policy.
Minister of Culture and Equality
The Minister of Culture and Equality is responsible for cultural policy, equality- and discrimination policy, media policy, sports policy, gaming and lottery regulation, and the coordination of government policy relating to the voluntary sector.
Minister of Petroleum and Energy
The Minister of Petroleum and Energy’s responsibility is to ensure high value creation through efficient and environment-friendly management of Norway’s energy resources.
Minister of Climate and Environment
The minister of Climate and Environment has a particular responsibility for carrying out the environmental policies of the Government.
Minister of Fisheries and Seafood