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.

Cultural policy

The government’s cultural policy is based on the principle that art and culture have unique intrinsic value for individuals. The role of art is to comment, reflect, criticise and challenge. Art and culture expand our understanding of ourselves and the society in which we live.

Sports policy

The objective of sports policy is to ensure that people have access to a broad range of local sports activities, whether organised by membership-based sports clubs or independently.

Barn og voksne på skogstur.

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.

Current

Liten gutt går med ryggen til fotografen på en friidrettsbane. Gutten holder et målflagg i hånden.

The government is lowering the threshold for participation in sports

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.

Nærbilde av hånd som skrur på en bilradio.

Radio digitisation in 2017

The Government has set a date for the switch-off of Norway’s FM radio stations, having concluded that the criteria for the technology shift are now met. The decision to switch off all FM radio stations in 2017 follows up the radio digitisation mandate issued by the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) in 2011.

The Minister of Culture Widvey candidate for WADAs Executive Committee

The Council of Europe has appointed the Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey as the European authorities’ candidate for the World Anti Doping Agency (WADAs) Executive Committee from January 1 2015.

More on Culture, sports and non-profit work

Documents

The Norwegian Action Plan Against Match-Fixing

Combating match-fixing is necessary to protect the integrity of sport, maintain a secure and trustworthy gaming industry and fight international organized crime.

Report No. 10 (2011-2012)

Culture, inclusion and participation

Participating in cultural activities is a way of creating a sense of belonging within a society. In modern society, personal and social identities are strongly related to participation in cultural activities.

Find document

The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). (These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.)

Contact

Ministry of Culture

Phone: +47 22 24 90 90
Press phone: +47 90 23 10 93
Address: , Postboks 8030 Dep 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Akersgata 59,