The Ocean

The Government is committed to the oceans and Norway is playing a leading role in the global efforts to promote clean and healthy oceans. More than 200,000 Norwegians work in the petroleum, seafood and maritime industries, helping to generate approximately NOK 680 billion in value in 2017.

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Norway’s ocean campaign in an international perspective

Sustainable management and use of the world’s oceans are crucial to our common future.

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Vast potential in the oceans

The Government is committed to supporting ocean industries. In the years ahead, the oceans will be a major source of sustainable, lucrative employment.

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The ocean nation of Norway

Every day hundreds of thousands of Norwegians go to work in the ocean industries, which together account for about 70 per cent of Norway’s export earnings.

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Commitments worth NOK 583 billion for the ocean at the Our Ocean conference in Oslo

“I am very pleased with the great engagement shown at the Our Ocean conference these two days in Oslo. 370 commitments have been made, at a total value of at least NOK 583 billion (63 billion dollars),” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The Norwegian Government's updated ocean strategy

The Norwegian Government's Updated Ocean Strategy

Since the ocean strategy was published in 2017, Norway’s ocean industries have developed further. The present document provides both a status report on Norway’s ocean policy and charts a course for the future. The updated ocean strategy was launched on June 3rd 2019.

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The Government’s commitment to the ocean and ocean industries

01/07/2021: The story of Norway is a tale of the ocean. The ocean contributes to value creation and employment alongour entire coast, and lays the foundation for some of our most innovative companies and knowledge communities. Through this document, the Government wishes to highlight the importance of the oceans for the Norwegian economy and society, and to provide an overview of the status of our commitment to the oceans and ocean industries in recent years. The document is not an exhaustive representation of the Government’s ocean policy, however it identifies the Government’s most important initiatives and resultson the national and international stage.

The Government’s action plan for green shipping

20/06/2019: Norway will play a part in developing a sustainable shipping sector for the 21st century.