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. 

Veivalgprosjektets logo

New white paper

Norwegian foreign and security policy

The global security situation has changed significantly in recent years and the world has become more unpredictable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is drawing up a new white paper to discuss how Norwegian foreign policy can respond to these challenges.

Bilbombe har gått av i Bagdad.

New measures to fight global security challenges

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has announced that Norway will allocate NOK 200 million annually to the fight against terrorism, organised crime, piracy and cyber threats.

Utenriksminister Børge Brende åpner det andre plenumsmøtet i Internasjonalt partnerskap for kontroll av kjernefysisk nedrustning. Foto: Rune Bjåstad, UD

Norway chairs meeting on nuclear disarmament

'Research and the development of new technologies and methods are essential if verification is to succeed. Norway has valuable experience in this area that we can share with others,’ Foreign Minister Brende said.


The future course of Norwegian foreign and security policy

The Government will intensify European cooperation and redouble its efforts in unstable areas to the south and east of Europe, while maintaining and further developing its transatlantic cooperation. These are some of the main conclusions in the Government's white paper on Norwegian foreign and security policy.

Foreign policy address to the Storting 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende's foreign policy address to the Storting on 7 March 2017.

Strong Allies in the North Atlantic

Iceland and Norway, long-standing partners and Allies, have a common interest in safeguarding and promoting prosperity and security in our region. In recent years, we have seen new security challenges emerging threatening to undermine the rule-based international order. This calls for active diplomacy coupled with national resilience and international cooperation on security and defence.

More on Security policy


White Paper

Meld. St. 37 (2014–2015)

Global security challenges in Norway’s foreign policy — Terrorism, organised crime, piracy and cyber threats