Culture, sports and non-profit work

The cultural sector should be diverse, strong and independent. Culture expands our understanding of ourselves and the society in which we live. Sport and physical activity have great intrinsic value. Top-level and recreational sports should complement one another. The voluntary sector is important for both individuals and society as a whole.

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Cultural policy

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the development of national cultural policy through legal and financial instruments.


Sports policy

The Ministry of Culture has overall responsibility for the administration of profits generated by Norsk Tipping AS (Norway’s national lottery and gaming provider) for investment in sporting activities.

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The voluntary sector

Norway is a world-leader in terms of engagement in voluntary work, with half the Norwegian population contributing in some way. These efforts benefit both individuals and society in general.

What's new

Abid Q. Raja

Large compensation scheme for culture, voluntary sector and sport

‘It is a very demanding time for the culture, voluntary and sport sectors, with businesses, organisations, clubs, associations and individuals seeing their income completely or partially disappear almost overnight. The Government will do what we can to help remedy the situation, and I am pleased to present a set of robust measures,’ said Minister of Culture and Equality Abid Q. Raja.

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Voluntary sector retains state support

‘I am pleased, as the Minister of Culture and Equality, to assure voluntary organisations on behalf of the Government that they will keep state grants which they have already received or for which an administrative decision has been taken that they are to receive. This concerns activities that cannot be carried out due to rules issued by the health authorities,’ said Minister of Culture and Gender Equality Abid Q. Raja (Liberal Party).


Ministry of Culture

Phone: +47 22 24 90 90
Press phone: +47 90 23 10 93
Address: , Postboks 8030 Dep 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Grubbegata 1, Oslo