Cultural heritage and cultural environment

Cultural monuments and cultural environments are important resources as a source of knowledge and experience, for the development of local societies and for industrial development. The cultural monuments which we protect and preserve for posterity must show the diversity of Norwegian society.

Eider duck house at Skjærvær, the western and outer part of the Vega Archipelago, Vega, Nordland.

World Heritage

Chapter 4.8 World Heritage (Report to the Storting (white paper) no. 35 (2012-2013) The Cultural Heritage Policy).

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Living with World Heritage

In 1972 the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted, and today, 40 years later, we’re celebrating the Convention as the most widely recognized international treaty for heritage protection.

Act of 9 June 1978 No. 50

Cultural Heritage Act

The purpose of this Act is to protect archeological and architectural monuments and sites, and cultural environments in all their variety and detail, both as part of our cultural heritage and identity and as an element in the overall environment and resource management.


Department for Cultural Environment

Phone: +47 22 24 57 11
Address: P.B. 8013 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Kongens gate 20, 0153 Oslo