Foreign affairs

International cultural engagement

The Government attaches great importance to helping Norwegian artists, writers, architects, designers, musicians and other practitioners of the creative arts to gain a foothold on the international stage. The Government also seeks to strengthen the cultural sector in developing countries through multilateral cooperation and bilateral projects.

From the ballet Mini Macho by Kjersti Alveberg.

International cultural engagement

The primary objective of the Government's efforts to promote Norwegian culture internationally is to help Norwegian artists to gain access to key arenas abroad and thus reach a wider audience.

The Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra before its destruction in 2015.

The cultural sector in developing countries

Norwegian aid to the cultural sector in developing countries aims to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights. A free and independent cultural sector has an important part to play in ensuring respect for, and observance of, fundamental human fights, and helps to promote employment, growth, dialogue and free debate.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt is launching a new programme aimed at helping Norwegian artists and cultural practitioners to succeed internationally.  Credit: MFA

New program to promote Norwegian culture abroad

In cooperation with the organisations in the Norwegian Arts Abroad network, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt is launching a new programme aimed at helping Norwegian artists and cultural practitioners to succeed internationally. This is the first step in an intensified effort to promote Norwegian culture abroad.

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Greeetings to Bergen international literary festival

09/02/2022

'This venue, Håkonshallen, King Håkon’s Hall, was built under King Håkon Håkonson (1204-1263) of Norway. King Håkon admired European literature and poetry. He brought the literary traditions from continental Europe to Bergen. This is the place where European literature was introduced to Norway and met our Norwegian-Icelandic sagas', the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt, said in her address to the festival.

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