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  • Realising the commercial potential of the sea

    2017-10-17 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government aims to bolster Norway's profile as a leading maritime nation, and is allocating funds to secure more knowledge about new marine species and the Arctic.

  • Discontinuing coal activities at Svea and Lunckefjell

    2017-10-17 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government is proposing a discontinuation of coal operations at Svea and Lunckefjell, and will allocate NOK 141 million for clean-up in the mines in 2018.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    2017-10-16 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Mr. Syver Hanke as political adviser to Minister of Education and Research Henrik Asheim, in state secretary Magnus Thue’s leave of absence.

  • Substantial increase in support for religious minorities

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Around 70 % of the world's population live in countries where there are restrictions on freedom of religion and belief. We will therefore continue to step up our support for efforts to promote freedom of religion and belief, to the benefit of

  • Money for wolf issues

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Government will grant approximately NOK 27 million to municipalities within the designated wolf zones, to further the tagging of wolves and towards strengthening the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate’s efforts to combat conflict.

  • The government forwards a strategy for green competitiveness

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    A continuously stricter global climate policy and an ever faster technological development changes the overall conditions for Norwegian business. The strategy for green competitiveness, which the government presents today, will prepare Norway

  • Government to double support for Western Balkans

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Strengthening the rule of law and promoting democratic and economic development in the Western Balkans are very important. I am pleased to announce that the Government intends to double Norway's aid to the region from NOK 175 million in 2017 to NOK

  • Norway's peace and reconciliation efforts to be stepped up

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norwegian engagement in peace and reconciliation work is more important than ever, and the Government is proposing to step up these efforts in 2018. At the same time, we intend to increase our support for implementation of the Colombian peace

  • NOK 150 million for development programme to combat plastic and other marine litter

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway intends to take the lead in ocean affairs internationally. Marine litter, including plastics, has become one of the most serious environmental problems of our time. That is why the Government is launching a concerted effort to combat marine

  • The Government will further develop the National Tourist Trails

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Government will facilitate the best-known hiking trails for tourists. The Ministry of Climate and Environment proposes spending NOK 10.5 million on this, an increase of 3 million from 2017.

  • NOK 1.3 billion increase for climate and environment

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Government's budget proposal for 2018 has a clear climate and environment profile. A number of climate measures have been proposed that cut greenhouse gas emissions, both nationally and internationally. In addition, there are measures that

  • NOK 7.7 billion to global health and education

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Education and health are essential for sustainable development and poverty reduction in all countries. The Government will continue to increase funding for global health and education and is proposing a total allocation of NOK 7.7 billion for these

  • More money for rainforests

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The government proposes to grant 3 billion Norwegian kroner on next year's budget to help preserving rainforests. This is an increase from 2017 of 118 million Norwegian kroner.

  • A budget spurring on green competitiveness

    2017-10-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The government will strengthen Norway's green competitiveness and cooperate with industry to create new jobs. The Ministry of Climate and Environment will also spend more money on climate research, climate negotiations and on the UN climate panel.

  • Norwegian Government Proposes Significant Boost in Defence Expenditures

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Norwegian government continues to give priority to the defence sector in its annual budget proposal through a NOK 3 billion increase in 2018. It shows the government’s commitment to increase defence spending every year to meet the ambitions set

  • NOK 1.3 billion increase in aid budget for 2018

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The Government's proposed aid budget for 2018 is bigger than ever before and amounts to NOK 35.1 billion. This is NOK 1.3 billion more than in 2017. We are intensifying our efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and giving

  • Educating people for the future

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government is strengthening Norway's competitiveness through its commitment to knowledge and research. In the state budget for 2018, the Government proposes, among other things, to strengthen efforts on early intervention in kindergarten and

  • Greater engagement in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is proposing a NOK 280 million increase in funding for stabilisation efforts in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility. In addition, the Government proposes to triple support for efforts to combat global security

  • Norway to step up funding to alleviate humanitarian crises

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government proposes an increase in humanitarian funding to an unprecedented level. 'Never before have so many people been affected by wars, conflicts and natural disasters. Given that more than 140 million people are in need of humanitarian

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    A budget for economic growth, job creation, and a sustainable welfare state

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Government’s fiscal policy has been used actively to counter the effects of the oil price slump. The economy is now gradually recovering. In the fiscal budget for 2018, the use of petroleum revenues will therefore increase more slowly than in