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  • The Norwegian Government is introducing measures to limit the spread of a new virus variant to Norway

    30/11/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Government is introducing several measures with immediate effect to limit and delay the spread of the new virus variant that was detected in South Africa.

  • Municipalities must prepare to offer a third dose to all people over the age of 45

    30/11/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Office of the Prime Minister

    The Norwegian Government is now asking municipalities to offer a booster dose to people over the age of 45 after it has been offered to all people over the age of 65. People over the age of 18 with serious underlying health conditions and everyone

  • Country assessment for week 48 (29 November–5 December): Changes to entry restrictions for several countries and areas

    30/11/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Ministry of Health and Care Services is introducing a requirement of travel quarantine for people arriving from France, Monaco, Portugal, and Spain; the archipelago of the Azores (Portugal); the region of North Savo (Finland); and the regions of

  • Joint Statement on Increasing Violence in Myanmar

    26/11/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The following is the text of a joint statement signed by the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

  • Travel advice introduced for countries in southern Africa

    26/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice against all non-essential travel to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

  • New state secretary

    26/11/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s Council of State, The King has appointed Ms. Ellen Moen Rønning-Arnesen as state secretary to Minister of Health and Care services, Ms. Ingvild Kjerkol.

  • Intensifying efforts to promote Norwegian culture abroad

    25/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture

    In cooperation with the organisations in the Norwegian Arts Abroad network, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt is launching a new programme aimed at helping Norwegian artists and cultural practitioners to succeed internationally. This is

  • Norway delivers on pledge to donate five million Covid-19 vaccines through Covax

    24/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    In 2021, Norway pledged to donate five million of its own vaccines to the global effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The pledge has now been met, helping to achieve more equitable distribution of vaccines to low-income countries.

  • Prime Minister Støre appointed goodwill ambassador for global sustainability voyage

    24/11/2021 News story Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Over a period of 19 months, the Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl will sail over 55 000 nautical miles and visit 36 ports across the world. Its voyage to circumnavigate the globe has been given the name the ‘One Ocean Expedition’. Prime

  • New political adviser

    23/11/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Ms. Siv Sætran as political adviser to Minister of Agriculture and Food Sandra Borch as of 23 November 2021.

  • Changes to entry restrictions for several countries and areas

    22/11/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Ministry of Health and Care Services is introducing a requirement of travel quarantine for people arriving from the archipelagos of the Canary Islands (Spain) and Madeira (Portugal), the island of Corsica (France), the region of Länsi-Pohja (

  • Booster dose for all people over the age of 65 before Christmas and local use of the COVID-19 certificate

    22/11/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Minister of Health and Care Services Ingvild Kjerkol is asking the municipalities to ensure that all people over the age of 65 are offered a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before Christmas. This will offer continued protection against serious

  • New measures to apply to entry into Norway

    19/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    As a result of developments in the infection rate, the Norwegian Government has decided to reintroduce the requirement to produce a negative test taken before arrival and expand the current requirements regarding testing and entry registration in

  • COVID-19 certificates accepted from four new countries

    19/11/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Four new countries are now connected to the EUDCC gateway. These four countries are: Serbia, New Zealand, Georgia, and Moldova. Norway will accept COVID-19 certificates from these countries from 17 November 2021.

  • New ambassadors from Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Malta and Angola

    19/11/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 18 November 2021.

  • UN consensus on strengthening protection of human rights defenders

    18/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A resolution on human rights defenders put forward by Norway has been adopted by consensus in the UN General Assembly.

  • Statement on Sudan

    18/11/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Statement by Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt on the development in Sudan.

  • Palestinian state-building project faces considerable obstacles

    17/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Comprehensive, far-reaching measures are needed to reverse the negative economic trend in Palestine and strengthen the Palestinian institutions that the donors have been helping to develop for nearly three decades. I am pleased that the parties

  • Norway increases support for UN efforts targeting civilians in Afghanistan

    17/11/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We must do our part to maintain basic services for civilians and enable people in Afghanistan to support themselves. That is why Norway is now contributing NOK 200 million to a new UN fund for Afghanistan,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken

  • Norway increases support for UNRWA

    16/11/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East plays a key role in meeting the basic needs and safeguarding the rights of Palestine refugees, as well as in promoting regional stability. However, UNRWA is critically