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  • Awards in the 25th Licensing Round

    23/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy offers Norske Shell, Equinor, Idemitsu Petroleum Norway, INEOS E&P Norway, Lundin, OMV (Norway) and Vår Energi four production licenses in the 25th licensing round. One is located in the Norwegian Sea and three

  • Securing the Gene Pool for Future Agriculture and Food Production

    22/06/2021 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Genetic diversity is the foundation of agriculture. It enables crops to adapt to different growing conditions, breeding of strong and healthy farm animals and our forests to cope with climate change. The overall goal of this national strategy is to

  • Changes to infection control measures for travel operations in Svalbard and for cruises along the Norwegian coast

    18/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    ‘The Norwegian Government is now easing several infection control measures that apply to travel operations in Svalbard and cruises along the Norwegian coast. This includes an end to the requirement to present a negative result from a test for

  • The Norwegian Government is continuing to reopen society

    18/06/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Government is continuing to reopen society, and is moving to Step 3 of the reopening plan. People can now have more guests at home, more people can attend events, and working from home will be less of a requirement. Children and

  • Changes in the travel advice for countries and areas in Europe

    18/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to change the status of Poland, Romania and  certain hospital districts in Finland from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ on the map showing

  • Reopening: Gradual introduction of a safe travel framework

    18/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    With effect from 5 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will rescind its official travel advice for the EEA/Schengen area and the United Kingdom as well as countries on the EU’s third-country ‘safe list’ that the Norwegian Institute of Public

  • Countercyclical buffer increases

    17/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has decided that the countercyclical capital buffer requirement for banks shall be increased to 1.5 percent from 30 June 2022, in line with the quarterly advice from Norges Bank.

  • Norway concerned about decision in the Hungarian parliament

    16/06/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is deeply concerned about decision in the Hungarian parliament targeting rights of LGBTIQ persons in the bill against pedophilia and for protecting children', Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said.

  • Entry of international COVID-19 vaccination into the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK

    16/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Entry of COVID-19 vaccination abroad in the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK is now being permitted. This is conditional on the vaccine having been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In addition, the vaccinated person must have a

  • Increasing support to combat hunger crisis in Tigray

    15/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about the many civilians who are affected by the steadily worsening hunger crisis in Tigray. Norway will increase its humanitarian aid to Tigray by NOK 20 million, bringing the total up to roughly NOK 130 million,’ said

  • Launch of Norway’s new Freedom of Expression strategy

    15/06/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide will present a new strategy for the promotion of freedom of expression Tuesday 29th of June at 2 PM (CET).

  • Fewer Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses than expected

    15/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Fewer vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech will be delivered in July, August, and September than expected. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is recommending an adjustment to the interval between vaccine doses and possible combinations of mRNA

  • Use of the COVID-19 certificate in Norway

    15/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The COVID-19 certificate is being introduced for domestic use in step 3 of the Norwegian Government's reopening plan. It will be possible to use the COVID-19 certificate to attend large events and take cruises along the Norwegian coast. At large

  • President Emmanuel Macron to join the Ocean Panel

    14/06/2021 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    On Monday June 14 Prime Minister Solberg, in her capacity as co-chair of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel), invited President Macron to join the Panel. President Macron responded positively to the invitation.

  • Norway aims to temporarily extend Kabul field hospital

    14/06/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg indicated at the NATO Summit in Brussels that Norway is willing to support the continued operation of the field hospital in Kabul until the end of 2021, after NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. This will be important to

  • Norwegian exports of defence-related products in 2020

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On June 11, the Government presented the annual white paper on exports of defence-related products. In 2020, Norwegian companies exported arms and military equipment worth around NOK 6.2 billion, as compared with NOK 4.5 billion in 2019.

  • Start-up of negotiations on a new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The EEA and Norway Grants scheme is not just an important contribution to economic and social development in the 15 beneficiary states. It also provides us with good opportunities to develop our bilateral cooperation with these countries,’ said

  • Legislative amendments concerning COVID-19 certificates passed

    11/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The amendments to the Norwegian Control of Communicable Diseases Act that allow use of the COVID-19 certificate in Norway have been passed, and will enter into effect today.

  • The IMF's Article IV consultation for 2021 has been completed

    11/06/2021 News story Ministry of Finance

    On 26 April, the IMF's delegation to Norway submitted its assessment of the Norwegian economy and Norwegian economic policy to the government. The full report has now been finalized by the IMF Board.

  • Arrival in Norway and exemption from quarantine: rules for travellers arriving in Norway

    11/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    People who are fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months are now exempt from travel quarantine. This is conditional on presentation of a Norwegian COVID-19 certificate. In principle, anyone else who arrives