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.

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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.


Ministers of Sports in Rio. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport of Irland Patrick O'Donovan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage of UK Tracey Crouch, Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport of Sweden Gabriel Wickström, Minister of Culture of Norway Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Island Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister for Culture and Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark Bertel Haarder and ‎Ambassador of Finland to Brazil Markku Virri.

Nordic sports minsters call for an increased international fight against doping in sport

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.

Magne Furuholmen, Anne Kristine Dolven, Deputy Governor of Svalbard Berit Sagfossen, Katya García-Antón Jerme, Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland, Jérémie Michael McGowan, Kristin Furu Grøtting and Thora Hultgren.

Svalbard Art Residency

The Government is partnering with private actors to establish a new foundation with a mandate to develop an art residence and atelier on Svalbard.

The Nordic ministers gathered in Sjogg Park during the Youth Olympic Games. From the right: Illugi Gunnarsson (Iceland), Gabriel Wikström (Sweden), Linda Hofstad Helleland (Norway), Bertel Haarder (Denmark), Director Harri Syväsalmi (Finland) and State Secretary Bård Folke Fredriksen (Norway).

Nordic ministers for sport urge good governance in international sports federations

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.

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
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