The High North
The world is turning its attention towards the North where Norway has key interests to pursue. By investing in knowledge, business development and international cooperation we are strengthening Norway’s position as a responsible actor and partner in the North.
The world is turning its attention towards the Arctic now more than at any time in the past. The Arctic is a region of significant and increasing geopolitical importance.
The High North is Norway’s most important foreign policy area. The Government intends to pursue an ambitious High North policy, giving priority to knowledge-based business development, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.
The Government has proposed a total allocation of nearly NOK 3 billion for High North activities in 2015, an increase of well over NOK 0.5 billion from 2014.
'The essence of Arctic Council cooperation is to move forwards responsibly, guided by the best knowledge we can acquire', said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende in his speech in Iqaluit 24 April 2015.
'We have to commit to effective action to control climate change. The place where we can make decisive strides to that effect is Paris, at the UN Climate Conference in December', said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende in his statement at the conference in Paris.
'It is of global importance that the Arctic also remains a region of peaceful cooperation, respect for international law and sustainable management of resources', said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen at the High North Dialogue in Bodø on 18 March 2015.
Section for the High North, Polar Affairs and Marine Resources
Phone: +47 23 95 15 64
Address: Postboks 8114 Dep., 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: 7. juni plassen 1/ Victoria Terrasse 7,