Former State Secretary Hans Brattskar's speeches and articles

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  • Introductory Speech to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

    On behalf of the Government of Norway on the occasion of the interactive dialogue with the Committee on the Rights of the Child 23-24 May 2018.

  • Introductory Speech

    Speech held on behalf of the Government of Norway on the occasion of the interactive dialogue with the Committee on the Rights of the Child 23-24 May 2018.

    By Minister of Children and Equality Linda Hofstad Helleland

  • Contact

    Ministry of Justice and Public Security Phone: +47 22 24 54 51 barnebortforing@jd.dep.no Visiting, mailing and delivery address Ministry of Foreign Affairs Phone +47 22 24 36 00 post@mfa.no Norwegian Police Police at your location in

  • 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 5,302,778 as of January 2018. Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway.

  • Three new F-35 aircraft to Norway

    On May 22, three new F-35 aircraft landed at Ørland Air Base in Norway. Six aircraft are now on Norwegian soil. - Our new F-35s are a major investment and the most important acquisition to strengthen the defence capabilities of our Armed Forces, said Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.

  • Opening address at UNDP conference on preventing violent extremism

    Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup's opening address at the UNDP conference "Assessing Progress made, and the Future of Development Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism".

    By Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup Fornebu, 23 May

  • Spring and Annual Meeting at IMF and IMFC

    The Nordic Baltic Constituency (NBC) consists of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The constituency submits a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee, IMFC.

  • Biannual address to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide's address to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters 22 May.

    By Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide the Storting, 22 May

  • Part-owned company

    Statoil is an international energy company with about 22 000 employees in 37 countries. Its main activities are oil and gas production.

  • Access to Energy – Solar is Part of the Solution

    Minister of International Development  Nikolai Astrup's address at the International Solar Day 2018.

    By Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup Oslo, 15 May

  • MFA - Revised national budget 2018

    The Government presented its revised national  budget for 2018 Tuesday 15 May. Here are the most important figures from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Revised budget: Norway to provide an extra NOK 130 million for the fight against marine litter

    'Norway is playing a leading role in the global effort to eliminate marine litter. The Government is proposing to increase funding for Norway's development programme to combat marine litter by NOK 130 million in 2018. This programme is a key element of the Government's general focus on the oceans, and an important contribution to the global efforts for clean and healthy oceans,' said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.

  • Revised budget: Government scaling up funding for Norad's Knowledge Bank

    'The Government is proposing to increase its allocation to technical cooperation on taxation through Norad's Knowledge Bank by NOK 13 million. This is one step on the way to doubling our support for 'tax for development' by 2020,' said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.

  • Revised budget: Norway allocates additional NOK 116 million to humanitarian assistance

    'Norway's humanitarian budget has never been bigger than it is now, but the needs created by the world's humanitarian crises are continuing to grow. The Government has therefore proposed increasing the humanitarian budget by NOK 116 million. The additional funds will be channelled primarily to the crises in Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Foreign Minister concerned about spiralling violence

    'I am deeply concerned about the spiral of violence we are now seeing on the border between Israel and Gaza. I urge political leaders on both sides, in the strongest possible terms, to calm the situation down and show restraint, to avoid further escalation and additional loss of life,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Increased allocation for efforts to promote freedom of religion or belief

    'The Government has proposed a NOK 10 million increase in its funding for civil society's international efforts to promote human rights. This additional funding will be used to strengthen efforts to promote freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief,' Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said.

  • The Norwegian Government continues with the planning of a demonstration project for CO2 capture, transport and storage

    Today the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy presented its assessment of the full scale carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) project in Norway. The Government proposes to fund FEED studies (Front End Engineering and Design studies) with 80 million NOK in 2018. The total funding for the demonstration project in 2018 amounts to 280 million NOK, including funds transferred from 2017. The proposed funds for 2018 will cover FEED studies of CO2 transport, storage and up to two capture facilities.

  • The Norwegian Fiscal Policy Framework

    The Government Pension Fund Global and the fiscal rule have since 2001 set out the plan for the phasing-in of petroleum income and investment returns to the Norwegian economy. The Government Pension Fund Act stipulates that the State’s net cash flow from the petroleum industry shall in its entirety be transferred to the Government Pension Fund Global, and that resources in the Fund can only be transferred to the budget pursuant to a decision by Parliament.

  • Web TV

    Revised Budget 2018: Stronger growth, lower unemployment and a more sustainable welfare state

    The Norwegian economy has recovered from the downturn induced by the 2014 drop in the oil price and is now characterized by optimism and solid growth. The 2018 Fiscal Budget approved last autumn is still well adapted to the economic situation, and thus its key features remain in the Revised Budget.

  • Outline of economic developments and fiscal policy

    In order to ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information The Ministry of Finance here unveils selected key figures prior to the budget release, which takes place at 10:45. A table with more detailed projections will be released together with the budget.

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