Former State Secretary Hans Brattskar's speeches and articles

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  • Cultural cooperation in the High North

    The Ministry of Culture supports cultural collaboration in Norway’s three northernmost counties, and internationally, through its funding of Norwegian-Russian cultural cooperation projects and other international initiatives.

  • International cultural cooperation

    The Ministry of Culture is responsible for Nordic and multilateral cultural cooperation, whilst the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for bilateral cultural cooperation and promoting Norwegian arts and culture abroad.

  • Norway opens for continued USMC rotational training and exercises

    - The Norwegian government has decided to welcome continued USMC rotational training and exercises in Norway, with a volume of up to a total of 700 marines, initially for a period of up to five years, says Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen.


    Norway has ratified several of UNESCO’s cultural conventions.

  • Nordic cooperation

    The Nordic Council of Ministers is the key platform for Nordic cultural cooperation. Culture and the arts are the very cornerstones of the Nordic community.

  • European cooperation

    EEA Grants The EEA Grants are Norway’s, Iceland’s and Liechtenstein’s contribution towards reducing economic and social disparities in Europe. Funding is provided to 15 beneficiary states in Central and Southern Europe within a variety of different

  • Norway requests WTO dispute settlement consultations with the United States

    'In Norway's view, the additional tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports are a violation of the WTO rules. Today we have therefore requested dispute settlement consultations with the US in the WTO. The WTO and its dispute settlement system is the established forum for handling disagreements about trade policy,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • For the editors: UN Secretary-General to Norway and Oslo Forum

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide is hosting the annual Oslo Forum, a meeting place for leaders from all over the world, at Losby Manor outside Oslo on 19 and 20 June. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will also take part at this year's Forum. After taking part in the Forum, Mr Guterres will attend an audience at the Royal Palace, and will have an additional programme with Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Men and Women in Norwegian Governments 1945 -

    The first Norwegian government with a female member, was Einar Gerhardsen’s coalition government 25 June-5 November 1945. Mrs. Kirsten Hansteen (1903-1974) represented the Communist Party and was consultative minister in the Ministry of Social Affairs.

  • Duration of Norwegian Governments 1814-

    The list covers both the rather extensive government periods 1814-1884 and the parliamentary dependent governments since 1884 - the year when the introduction of parliamentarism began in Norway.

  • Duration of Norwegian Coaliton Governments 1895-

    The list covers governments since October 1895, when Francis Hagerup's First Government took office as the first coalition after the introduction of parliamentarism had started in 1884.

  • Oceans

    Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup's keynote speech at the Eat Stockholm Food Forum 2018.

    By Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup Stockholm, 11 June

  • List of lawyers in child abduction cases

    The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Public Security has established a list of lawyers in child abduction cases, so that affected parents quickly can get in touch with a lawyer with particular competence and knowledge about child abduction.

  • G7 Outreach Session

    - The world’s growing population will need more food, medicines, energy, and minerals. If managed wisely, the oceans hold the key to meeting these needs, said Prime Minister Erna Solberg in her statement at the G7 Outreach Session on Ocean in Charlevoix in Canada 9 June 2018.

    By Prime Minister Erna Solberg G7, Charlevoix, Canada

  • Statement at the Oslo Center's annual seminar

    State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte's statement at the annual seminar at the Oslo Center for peace, democracy and human rights.

    By State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte Oslo, 7 June

  • Address on skills for young people

    State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte's address at the seminar “Skills for young people for the 21st century: policy implications across sectors and gender”. - by Brookings Institution, Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the University of Oslo.

    By State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte Oslo, 7 June

  • Norwegian Government increases humanitarian aid to Gaza

    In response to the acute humanitarian situation, Norway is providing an additional NOK 15 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza. This funding will be used to purchase medicines and other medical supplies and to increase treatment capacity in Gaza's hospitals.

  • Speech on World Environment Day 2018

    Held at Nydalsdammen, Akerselva. Pep-talk at the Akereselva World Environment Day Clean-Up event, Tuesday June 5th, 2018.

    By Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen

  • IMF and Norway

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

  • Web TV

    IMF: In the midst of a healthy recovery

    The Norwegian economy is in the midst of a healthy recovery, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Higher growth and rising employment warrants a neutral fiscal stance.

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