Norway’s relations with Europe

It is in Norway’s national interest to cooperate closely with the EU and to participate actively in the ongoing political processes in Europe. In order to successfully influence important decisions, Norway must be more clear and assertive, and more active in the early stages of debate on issues of European policy.

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The European Economic Area

The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the cornerstone of relations between Norway and the EU. It brings together the 27 EU member states and the three EEA Efta states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the internal market governed by the same basic rules.

Schengen flyplass-kontroll. Foto: European Union

Cooperation on Schengen and justice and home affairs

Norway participates in key aspects of EU cooperation in the area of justice and home affairs, of which the Schengen cooperation is the most important. As a Schengen member state, we are part of an internal free-travel area with a common external border.

Norsk politibetjent mottar tjenestemedalje fra sjefen for EUs politistyrke i Afghanistan

Cooperation on foreign and security policy

Norway and the EU cooperate closely in the area of foreign policy. Working together increases our ability to promote shared values and interests effectively.

Norway and the EU - Partners for Europe

Guidelines/brochures Date: 18/03/2015

Norway shares a common set of values with the EU and its member states, and we are working together to find joint solutions to common challenges.

Ten facts about the EEA

The European Economic Area – binding together the EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

Report:

The United Kingdom withdrawal from the EU: Initial assessment – selected points

An overview of some key areas for Norway that will be affected by the forthcoming negotiations.