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  • The government is lowering the threshold for participation in sports

    24.04.2015 Press release Ministry of Culture

    Lowering the threshold for children and young people’s participation in sporting and physical activities is one of the main priorities in this year’s distribution of lottery funds.

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    Funding for Store Norske on Svalbard

    24.04.2015 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Norwegian Government contributes with funding for Store Norske’s mining company. The funds will be provided by the state purchasing properties from the company and potentially through a loan.

  • Norway concerned over sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights lawyer

    23.04.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Intigam Aliyev has played a significant role in the work to promote the rule of law in Azerbaijan. The prison sentence he has been given adds to our already deep concern about the human rights situation in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • New international group of experts on education for disabled people

    23.04.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has appointed an international group of experts on education for children and young people with disabilities. The group is to provide input to the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, to be held on 7 July.

  • Director General Espen Erlandsen

    Administrative staff Ministry of Finance

    The Asset Management Department

    E-mail Espen.Erlandsen@fin.dep.no

    Phone +47 22 24 41 85

    Mobile phone: +47 970 45 824

  • Director General Amund Holmsen

    Administrative staff Ministry of Finance

    Economic Policy Department

    E-mail Amund.Holmsen@fin.dep.no

    Phone +47 22 24 45 00

    Mobile phone: +47 991 60 521

  • Norway’s international image is ‘resilient and stable’

    23.04.2015 Article Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The 2014 results of the international image and reputation survey the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index were released in November 2014 . Norway was ranked 13th of 50 countries that have global influence.

  • Norway to provide NOK 50 million to support refugees in transit countries

    21.04.2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Africa, with a view to preventing even more people from embarking on the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Humanitarian disarmament

    21.04.2015 Article Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    When people are unable to lead normal lives because of undetonated cluster munitions or abandoned landmines, or because small arms have fallen into the wrong hands, the economic, social and humanitarian consequences are enormous. The objective of humanitarian disarmament is to prevent and reduce armed violence by focusing attention on the unacceptable humanitarian suffering caused by the use of weapons.

  • Environmentally displaced people

    21.04.2015 Article Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The number of environmentally displaced persons – people who have been forced to flee their homes because of climate change or natural disasters – is growing all the time. The number varies dramatically from year to year, and it is difficult to establish with any certainty. According to estimates by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), around 116 million people were displaced by disasters in the period 2008–13. The majority of these were internally displaced, and could return to their homes after a short period of time.

  • Cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    21.04.2015 Article Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is the most important UN organisation when it comes to the protection of people who have been forced to flee their homes.

  • Education in situations of crisis and conflict

    21.04.2015 Article Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Half of the children who do not attend school today live in areas affected by crisis and conflict. The Government is therefore intensifying its efforts to promote the provision of education in fragile states and areas affected by crisis and conflict.

  • The Arctic Council

    21.04.2015 Article Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Arctic Council is the only circumpolar body for political cooperation at government level. It provides a forum for discussion between the eight Arctic states and representatives of indigenous peoples on issues of common interest. The Council promotes sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

  • Permit for mining activities at Engebø

    21.04.2015 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Ministry of Climate and Environment is granting a permit pursuant to the Pollution Control Act for mining activities at Engebø. The permit is in accordance with the recommendation made by the Norwegian Environment Agency with the assumption that the local development plan for the Engebø area would be approved. The Ministry for Local Government and Modernisation has approved the local development plan.

  • Press release – Announcement of APA 2015

    21.04.2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is today announcing this year’s licensing round for the geologically well know areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf – Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2015. The objective is to award new production licences in these areas at the beginning of 2016. The application deadline is 2. September 2015 at 12:00 pm.

  • Statement at Polish-Norwegian Roundtable

    21.04.2015 Speech/article Utenriksdepartementet

    State Secretary Ingvild Næss Stub held this statement at a Polish-Norwegian roundtable that discussed further cooperation between the two countries.

    By Ingvild Næss Stub

  • Press release – Announcement of APA 2015

    21.04.2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is today announcing this year’s licensing round for the geologically well know areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf – Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2015. The objective is to award new production licences in these areas at the beginning of 2016. The application deadline is 2. September 2015 at 12:00 pm.

  • Joint Statement on Elections in Sudan

    20.04.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

  • Norway to contribute in the Mediterranean

    20.04.2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Norwegian Government has decided that the country will contribute one civilian vessel to Operation Triton in the Mediterranean. The ship will be operative in the area around 1 August, in line with needs reported by Frontex. The ship will initially be available for six months. This will be the first time for Norway to participate with a ship in an operation of this kind in the Mediterranean. If the EU decides to extend the operation’s mandate, Norway will look into how the country can further contribute.

  • Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    20.04.2015 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The killings are claimed by groups affiliated with Isil. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to their families and to the people of Ethiopia’, Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.