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 enjoy close cooperation on foreign policy matters. The Government follows the EU’s common foreign policy closely in order to seek coordination and cooperation in areas where this can help to safeguard Norwegian interests.


Ambassador Helen Campbell at the EU delegation in Oslo gathered 25 EU-ambassadors to a meeting with Bakke-Jensen. They discussed topics as the cooperation between Norway/EEA and EU, trade and energy, brexit and Nordic  cooperation. Photo: Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, MFA

Speech to the EU ambassadors

Minister of EEA and EU affairs, Frank Bakke Jensen's, met with the EU ambassadors in Oslo 21 February – invited by Hele Campbell from the EU delegation. The minister gave a speech and had an excellent opportunity for direct contact with the ambassadors.

Work programme for co-operation with the EU 2017

' We hope that the work programme for 2017 will be a useful tool for all those who are interested in developments in Europe and in how we can best contribute, while at the same time safeguarding Norway’s interests in our cooperation with the EU', says Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Frank Bakke-Jensen.

The EEA Agreement is the mainstay of Norway’s European policy, says Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs. Photo: MFA

Norway and the EU single market

The European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement ensures that Norway can take part in the EU single market, and thus benefit from the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital. It guarantees non-discrimination and equal rules and competition throughout the EEA.

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


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.