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.
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.
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.
The Government's proposed aid budget for 2018 is bigger than ever before and amounts to NOK 35.1 billion. This is NOK 1.3 billion more than in 2017. We are intensifying our efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and giving priority to areas that we know promote long-term development, growth and stability.
Norway and Greece have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on funding totalling EUR 116.7 million under the EEA and Norway Grants. Job creation and business development will be a new and important priority area. The agreement also builds on experience gained in the field of asylum and migration.
'The situation in the overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh is dire. Norway is now providing an additional NOK 25 million for humanitarian efforts to alleviate the Rohingya crisis,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
In 2016, Norway exported arms and military equipment for around NOK 3.6 billion. This is an increase of 10 % from 2015. Exports of arms and munitions accounted for around NOK 2.9 billion of this amount, and other defence-related products for NOK 650 million.
Meld. St. 36 (2016-2017)
Setting the course for Norwegian foreign and security policy