Security policy

The main aim of our security policy is to safeguard Norway’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political freedom of action. A broad range of political, military, legal, diplomatic, and economic instruments are used in this work. 

Espen Barth Eide, Ine Eriksen Søreide og Ulf Sverdrup (fra venstre) diskuterer Norges muligheter og utfordringer i det internasjonale arbeidet. Kjetil Elsebutangen, UD

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Strengthening Norwegian interests internationally

‘International cooperation is under pressure. Established rights and freedoms cannot be taken for granted. We must now come together to defend the values that are fundamental to Norwegian foreign policy,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Bilbombe har gått av i Bagdad.

New measures to fight global security challenges

The Government has presented a white paper on global security challenges in Norway’s foreign policy, in which it announces a more effective and more coherent effort to address global security challenges. Norway will allocate NOK 200 million annually to the fight against terrorism, organised crime, piracy and cyber threats.

Fra forsiden på Norges nye cyberstrategi

Government launches international cyber strategy

Norway's first international cyber strategy was launched in Oslo at the annual dialogue meeting on international cyber issues between the US and the Nordic and Baltic countries. The strategy sets out Norway's governing principles and strategic priorities relating to the whole spectrum of international cyber policy issues.


Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region

2018-10-24: On 10 September 2018, the Government launched a strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region for the period 2018-2020. The strategy sets out the main priorities for a coherent Norwegian policy in the Sahel region, a region that is facing significant challenges relating to security, humanitarian needs and development. The strategy has also been translated into French and English.

Increased funding for parts of Europe's neighbourhood

2018-10-08: ‘Parts of Europe’s southern and eastern neighbourhood are still severely affected by fragility and conflict . Much of the Sahel region, for example, remains unstable and provides a breeding ground for a variety of threats ranging from extremism to state collapse. The Government has therefore proposed a substantial increase in funding for these areas,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Defence-related exports from Norway in 2017

2018-06-22: In 2017, Norway exported arms and military equipment worth around NOK 5.4 billion, up from NOK 3.6 billion in 2016. Exports of arms and ammunition accounted for just under NOK 4.7 billion, and other defence-related products for around NOK 680 million. The total value of exports of defence-related services, repairs, production rights and brokering services was NOK 520 million.

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White Paper

Norwegian foreign and security policy

This white paper presents the Government's views on the course Norway should follow to be as well equipped as possible to meet today's challenging security situation.

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