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  • Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory

    30/09/2022 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision by Russia to annex four regions of Ukraine. This is a serious violation of international law and is totally unacceptable. It may lead to a further escalation of an already volatile

  • Joint statement by the Nordic Ministers of Defence

    30/09/2022 News story Ministry of Defence

    The Nordic Defence Ministers had a video-conference today about the Nord Stream pipelines. Here is their joint statement.

  • The Norwegian Government is increasing preparedness and controls along the Norwegian-Russian border

    30/09/2022 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The mobilisation in Russia and the possibility that Russian citizens may not be allowed to leave the country increases the risk of illegal border crossing along the Norwegian-Russian border outside the border crossing-point in Storskog. A police

  • Change among the state secretaries

    30/09/2022 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s Council of State, The King has appointed Ms. Anne Marit Bjørnflaten as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Jan Christian Vestre.

  • Norway strongly condemns attack on education centre

    30/09/2022 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway strongly condemns the attack on Kaaj education centre in Kabul today, in a Hazara-majority area. Many adolescent girls and boys are killed and wounded.

  • New Compensation for Violent Crime Act enters into force on 1 January 2023

    29/09/2022 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Today, the Norwegian Government decided that the new Act relating to compensation from the Norwegian State for victims of violent crime (Compensation for Violent Crime Act) will enter into force on 1 January 2023.

  • Norway will assist in the training of Ukrainian soldiers

    28/09/2022 News story Ministry of Defence

    Norway’s Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram confirmed at the 11August donor conference for Ukraine, in Copenhagen, that Norway will contribute to training of Ukrainian soldiers in Great Britain.

  • Increased resource rent tax on hydropower

    28/09/2022 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Government is proposing to increase the effective resource rent tax rate on hydropower from 37 per cent to 45 per cent, with effect from the 2022 fiscal year.

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    Profits from natural resources will be better distributed

    28/09/2022 Press release Ministry of Finance, Office of the Prime Minister

    Energy producers and the aquaculture industry make billions of kroner on our common resources. The Government is now proposing that more of the value created should go back to society.

  • Resource rent tax on onshore wind energy

    28/09/2022 News story Ministry of Finance

    The government proposes the introduction of resource rent tax on onshore wind energy as from 2023. The proposal will be referred for public consultation before the end of the year, and involves the taxation of resource rent at an effective rate of

  • High-price contribution on wind and hydropower

    28/09/2022 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Government is proposing to introduce a high-price contribution, with the rate set at 23 per cent of the electricity price in excess of NOK 0.70 per kWh. The contribution is designed as an excise duty payable to the treasury. The tax will be

  • Adjustment of local and county authorities’ general grant

    28/09/2022 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Government proposes a one-year deduction in the general grant to local and county authorities with income from licence power. The proposal applies to local and county authorities in the areas with the highest electricity prices.

  • Resource rent tax on aquaculture

    28/09/2022 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Government is proposing to introduce a resource rent tax on aquaculture from 1 January 2023. This proposal will be sent out for consultation today. Following the consultation, the Government will return to the Storting with a bill that will

  • Increased preparedness on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

    27/09/2022 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Norwegian Government has decided to heighten the emergency preparedness in relation to infrastructure, onshore and offshore installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

  • Report on long term perspectives for the Government Pension Fund Global submitted by committee

    26/09/2022 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, a committee that has been reviewing long term perspectives for the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) submitted its report, NOU 2022: 12 The Fund in a changing world, to the Ministry of Finance. The committee was chaired by Ulf Sverdrup,

  • Change among the state secretaries

    23/09/2022 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s Council of State, Ms. Janicke Andreassen has been honourably discharged as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Jan Christian Vestre.

  • New ambassadors from Israel, Finland, Lithuania and Sri Lanka

    23/09/2022 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to King Harald  on 22 September 2022.

  • The work for a Palestinian state continues

    22/09/2022 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 22 September, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt chaired a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor group for Palestine, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

  • Norway supports Ecuador’s efforts to protect the rainforest

    22/09/2022 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Ecuador is making an important effort to reduce deforestation. The efforts are crucial for the planet’s climate and biodiversity. Norway therefore announces NOK 130 million in support of the results achieved.

  • Leaders will build on Glasgow legacy to establish Forests & Climate Leaders’ Partnership at COP27

    21/09/2022 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The COP26 Presidency is inviting world leaders to come together at COP27 to establish a new Partnership, which will accelerate implementation of the unprecedented commitment made at COP26 by over 140 countries to halt and reverse forest loss and