The main tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are to promote Norway’s interests internationally and provide assistance to Norwegian nationals abroad. An important part of the Ministry’s work is to make sure that Norway ‘speaks with one voice’ in international forums. In this context, the Ministry works to coordinate the efforts of other ministries and give guidance.
NOK 2.5 billion increase in aid budget for 2019
08/10/2018: ‘The Government intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019. This corresponds to about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income and is NOK 2.5 billion more than in 2018,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.
What the EEA Agreement covers
Norwegians have the same rights and obligations as other EEA citizens when it comes to trade, investments, banking and insurance, and buying and selling services. They also have the same right to work, study and live in other countries in the EEA.
1.6 billion to the Green Climate Fund
Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. With this announcement, the total amount pledged to the Fund has now reached the equivalent of USD 9.95 billion.
Related topics and insights
05/02/2019: ‘Norway’s third report to the UN Human Rights Council shows that the Government has done a great deal to strengthen human rights in Norway,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. Norway will be reviewed for the third time on 6 May this year, and the report is being presented in connection with this.
11/01/2019: The Government’s new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is to ensure that the rights, needs and priorities of both women and men are safeguarded throughout all Norwegian efforts aimed at peace and security. The United Nations Security Council recommends that all member countries have such a dedicated action plan. This plan is the fourth of its kind.