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.


Group photo of Erik Brataas, Anne Gaathaug, Kai Robøle, Fredrik Sundt Breien, Anita Krohn Traaseth, Tor Jonasson, Monica Mæland, Rolf Assev, Thorhild Widvey, Stine Helén Pettersen, Elisabeth Sjaastad, Bente Sollid Storehaug, Erlend Mogård-Larsen, Anne-Britt Gran and Kim Daniel Arthur.

NOK 10 million to new pilot export programme for Norwegian computer games companies

Today saw the launch of the Go Global Games pilot programme, a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Culture, the Norwegian Film Institute and Innovation Norway. The aim of the programme is to help Norwegian computer game companies to international markets and increase sales and export revenues from Norwegian Computer games.

Kulturminister Thorhild Widvey på talerstolen på Filmens Hus i forbindelse med pressekonferansen om filmmeldingen.

A future-oriented film policy

- The range of films on offer should be broad, varied and of high quality. The public should have access to films regardless of where they live, and irrespective of what platform they want to use. By placing greater emphasis on universal design, we will also make sure that content is available to everyone,” said Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey when presenting the government’s white paper on film.

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.

More on Culture, sports and non-profit work


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.)


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,