It is the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs that has overriding responsibility for the Government’s labour policy.

Labour immigration

Labour immigration provides Norway with important expertise and covers our need for labour in several sectors. Norway has for many years been part of a common Nordic labour market. Through the EEA Agreement and the EFTA Convention, Norway is also part of a common European labour market.

Labour market measures

Labour market measures, or active labour market policy, is one of the most important group of policy instruments aimed at promoting a well-functioning labour market. Labour market measures aim at contributing to increased employment, reduced unemployment and combating exclusion from the labor market by helping people find work and become active.

The working environment and safety

Enterprises are themselves responsible for preventing accidents and harm to health as a result of work. Employers have a duty to ensure that the working environment is both safe and satisfactory.

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The strategy for combating work-related crime

The Government presents here a strategy for strengthening of efforts to combat work-related crime.

The IA Agreement 2014-2018

The Letter of Intent regarding a more inclusive working life (the IA Agreement) is based on a tradition of cooperation and trust between the authorities, employees and employers in Norway, both centrally and locally. This is the fourth letter of intent regarding a more inclusive working life. The agreement will be valid for the period from 4 March 2014 to 31 December 2018.