Culture, sports and non-profit work

Historical archive

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government


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.


NOK 50 million for cultural heritage

The government is earmarking NOK 50 million for the upgrading of museum facilities and churches.

Broader funding for Norwegian art and culture

The government is continuing its efforts to secure wider funding for the cultural sector, with the aim of strengthening cultural life and reinforcing the sector’s financial base. The government has proposed an increase of NOK 5 million in support for Talent Norway, an uplift of some NOK 6 million for the gift reinforcement programme and a NOK 2.5 million grant for art and cultural projects on Svalbard.

Group photo of Sir Craig Reedie, president of WADA, Kristin Kloster Aasen, First Vice President the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, Anders Solheim, leader Anti-Doping Norway, and the Norwegian Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland

Joining forces for international anti-doping work

- I am glad to say that we had a fruitful meeting, and that the president of WADA, Sir Craig Reedie, appreciated the Norwegian initiative and support.

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: Grubbegata 1, Oslo