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The story of Norwegian food

In the tourism strategy - "Experiences for all tastes", the government has undertaken to write the main story of Norwegian food.

The tourism strategy - "Experiences for all tastes" - which the government presented last year, has two immediate objectives. The first objective states that "Norway shall be an internationally recognized food nation with a clear local and regional identity." Following  the strategy, the government has undertaken to write the main story of Norwegian food, possibly in the form of a food manifesto for Norway, with a broader perspective than food in a tourism context.

The "Kraftkar" cheese  from Tingvoll received the World Cheese Award in Spain in 2016.
The "Kraftkar" cheese from Tingvoll received the World Cheese Award in Spain in 2016. Credit: Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Debating Govt. Proposition 11 (2016-2017), "Change and development - a future-oriented agricultural production", the Storting asked that the agricultural and food policy target structure be changed to raise Norway's profile as a food nation. The Storting specifically asked that the following wording be included under the goal of increased value creation: "Developing Norway as a food nation".

"Fenalaar", Norwegian cured ham of mutton, is a national food treasure, with a protected geographical indication both in Norway and in the EU to protect the product against copying and imitation.
"Fenalaar", Norwegian cured ham of mutton, is a national food treasure, with a protected geographical indication both in Norway and in the EU to protect the product against copying and imitation. Credit: Matmerk

In the budget proposal from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food for 2018, Food Nation Norway is clearly present in the target structure for agriculture and food policy. The government commits itself to mapping and profiling the diversity of regional food manifestos and to specifying what the food nation is and could become. This process started in December 2017 with several major input meetings, was elaborated at the meeting with the industry delegation at the International Green Week in Berlin and culminated with the government's decision in May to adopt a shared outlook on Food Nation Norway.