Former State Secretary Morten Høglund's speeches and articles

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  • Powered by Nature - Norway as a data centre nation

    The Government wants Norway to be an attractive nation for data centresand other data-centric industries.

  • Norway supports civilian capacity building for the G5 Sahel joint force

    The increased funding will go to a civilian component of the G5 Sahel cooperation, including capacity building within international humanitarian law and human rights.

  • The government proposes to allocate 100 million NOK to upgrade the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    After ten years of operation, it is time for technical improvements at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The measures are part of a long-term plan to enhance the performance and extend the viability of the seed vault. The government is now proposing a start-up grant of 100 million NOK in 2018 (circa 10 million Euro or 12.7 million USD).

  • Address at conference on sustainable development goals and energy

    State Secretary Marianne Hagen's address at a conference on sustainable development goals and energy (SDG7) arranged by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

    By State Secretary Marianne Hagen Bangkok, 22 February

  • Press invitation: Ten-year anniversary of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    Minister of Agriculture and Food Jon Georg Dale in cooperation with Crop Trust and NordGen is pleased to host a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Svalbard Global Seed Vault. From February 25. to 27., depositors and partners from all over the world will meet in Longyearbyen to attend the "Seed Vault Summit", and to be present when a new seed delivery from 20 international gene banks is carried into the seed vault.

  • Norwegian Government calls on aid sector to intensify efforts to prevent sexual exploitation

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup are urging all partner organisations that receive funding from Norway to intensify their efforts to prevent sexual harassment, violence and abuse committed by employees in the aid sector.

  • Norway concerned over State of Emergency in Ethiopia

    'As a good friend and strategic partner of Ethiopia I was concerned when learning of the re-imposition of a State of Emergency in Ethiopia, so soon after the last State of Emergency was lifted,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Successful F-35 drag chute test in Norway

    While The US Air Force is completing another round of cold-weather testing of the F-35A at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Norway completed a successful verification of the drag chute system at Ørland Air Force Base in Norway February 16th.

  • Digitalisation strategy for the higher education sector 2017-2021

  • Report on cases of financial irregularities in 2017

    Foreign Service Control Unit

    Foreign Service Control Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made this report on cases of financial irregularities in 2017.

  • Change among the state secretaries

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Ms. Frida Blomgren as state secretary to Minister of Culture Trine Skei Grande.

  • The Government's Bioeconomy Strategy

    The Government's Bioeconomy Strategy is now available in english. The strategy was developed in a collaboration between the Ministries of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Agriculture and Food, Climate and Environment, Education and Research, Local Government and Modernisation, Petroleum and Energy, Transport and Communications and Foreign Affairs.

  • Ochanomizu University

    Speech by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan, 14 February 2018.

    By Prime Minister Erna Solberg

  • Legalisation

    Legalisation may be necessary for an official document to have legal effect in another country.

  • HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit to visit New York on 7-8 March

    HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit will visit New York on 7-8 March. On 7 March, she will present Innovation Norway's Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award. On International Women's Day, 8 March, she will give the opening speech at a global event hosted by Innovation Norway and UN Women, bringing together thought leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to discuss how to achieve the financial inclusion of women.

  • Norway to increase support to Iraq to USD 44 million

    'Iraqi cities have been freed from the terrorist group ISIL's control. We are now increasing our aid to the liberated areas, so that even more internally displaced people can return home safely,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide, who is participating today in the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq.

  • Terms of reference for an Expert group appointed to review energy stocks in the GPFG

    The Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and the petroleum revenue spending guidelines are designed to support sustainable high growth and stable development in the mainland economy. As part of this, the State's net cash flow from the petroleum industry is transferred to the fund in its entirety. Fund withdrawals are used to cover the non-oil central government budget deficit and should over time reflect the expected real return of the GPFG (the fiscal rule).

  • National strategy on access to and sharing of research data

    Research data should be shared and reused more widely.

  • Expert group to review energy stocks in the GFPG

    The Ministry of Finance has today appointed an expert group to review whether the Government Pension Fund Global (GFPG) should invest in energy stocks. The move follows up on advice from Norges Bank in November 2017 to remove the oil and gas sector from the Fund’s equity benchmark index. Furthermore, the Ministry is today seeking views on Norges Bank’s advice in a public consultation and requesting additional information from Norges Bank.

  • Crown Prince Haakon to visit Texas on 13-14 March

    HRH Crown Prince Haakon will visit Austin, Texas, on 13-14 March, to participate at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference. He will be accompanied by a number of Norwegian entrepreneurs, representatives of technology companies and players representing the Norwegian music industry.