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.

Norlas direktør Margit Walsø og Frankfurter Buchmesses direktør Juergen Boos underskriver avtalen om at Norge er hovedland ved bokmessen i Frankfurt i 2019.

Norway Guest of Honour at 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair

The Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries have all supported the book industry’s initiative to achieve Guest of Honour status, which also enjoys strong support in the Storting.


Grants an effectiv tool for strengthening relations

The EEA and Norway Grants are an effective tool for strengthening relations between Norway and the beneficiary countries, an independent evaluation has concluded.

Conserving Jewish cultural heritage in Europe

With help from Norwegian construction students, one of the oldest wooden synagogue in the Baltics have been restored. When the ‘Green Synagogue’ opened to the public it was barely recognisable.

Foreign Minister returns stolen cultural artefact

The illicit trade in cultural artefacts is a global problem and helps to finance international crime. Therefore Norway and the minister return a sculpture to the authorities in Myanmar and hope this will set an example for others to follow.

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