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.
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.
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.
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.
Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland, invited the other Nordic sports ministers to a meeting in Rio to discuss measures to increase the number of female leaders in international sport.
The Government is partnering with private actors to establish a new foundation with a mandate to develop an art residence and atelier on Svalbard.
Corruption, mismanagement, doping and manipulation of sports competitions under the auspices of international sports federations undermine the core values of sport and threaten its integrity. In a joint statement presented in Lillehammer today, the Nordic ministers for sport expressed their expectation that international sports federations will take steps to strengthen democratic structures and control mechanisms and restore public confidence.
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)
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.
The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). (These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.)