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In the Government, it is the Minister of Finance’s responsibility to draw up and coordinate economic policy. The Ministry of Finance acts as the secretariat for the Minister of Finance. It is the political authorities – the Government and the Storting – that make the decisions. 
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Fiscal policy

Fiscal policy shall be geared towards a gradual and sustainable increase in the use of petroleum revenues. Over time, the structural, non-oil budget deficit shall correspond to the real return on the Government Pension Fund Global, estimated at 4 per cent. This rule should not be used mechanically, however, and considerable emphasis should be placed on stabilising economic fluctuations.

General information about Norway and the Norwegian economy

Norway forms the western and northern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and has common land borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia. Norway’s area is 323,787 square kilometers (approximately 125,100 square miles), excluding the Svalbard Island group in the Arctic Ocean and other overseas territories. The population of Norway was estimated at 5,052,000 as of January 1st, 2013. Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway.

General tax conventions between Norway and other states

General tax conventions for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion,and other international agreements regarding tax matters.


Report to the Storting:

Further development of the management of the Government Pension Fund

– Norges Bank and Folketrygdfondet have managed the Government Pension Fund Global and the Government Pension Fund Norway, respectively, in a sound manner over time. We will build on that. In this report, the Government proposes new steps to further develop the investment strategy of the two funds, says the Minister of Finance, Siv Jensen.

April 10:

Committee to review the Central Bank Act and the governance of Norges Bank

The Ministry of Finance is today appointing a committee to review the Central Bank Act and the governance of Norges Bank. The committee will be chaired by Svein Gjedrem, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance and former Governor of Norges Bank. The committee shall base its review on the existing monetary policy guidelines and the responsibility of Norges Bank for the management of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).

National Budget 2017:

A budget to promote employment, welfare, and security

“Norway will emerge stronger from the challenging restructuring the economy now experiences. The Budget for 2017 contains targeted measures to counteract unemployment in the regions and industries that are hardest hit by the drop in oil prices. The Budget for 2017 is a budget for more jobs, better welfare, and a safe life," says Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.

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Meld. St. 23 (2015-2016)

Management of the Government Pension Fund in 2015

The Government Pension Fund comprises the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and theGovernment Pension Fund Norway (GPFN). The Funds are managed by Norges Bank and Folketrygdfondet,respectively, under mandates set by the Ministry of Finance.

National Budget 2017 - A Summary

The Norwegian economy is improving. Growth is being supported by expansionary eco-nomic policy. Confidence indicators point to-wards continued growth. Both households and businesses are more optimistic about the future, and registered unemployment is falling in a ma-jority of Norway’s counties. Nonetheless, eco-nomic growth has been moderate thus far. Unem-ployment based on Statistics Norway’s labour force survey has risen, and employment growth has not kept up with population growth. However, the risk of a serious downturn in the Norwegian economy appears to be lower than last winter and spring.


Ministry of Finance

Phone: +47 22 24 90 90
Address: Akersgata 40, , Postboks 8008 Dep, 0030 Oslo

The Economic Policy Department

Phone: +47 22 24 45 03
Address: Postboks 8008 Dep, 0030 Oslo