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  • Norway extends global travel advice and makes changes for the Nordic region and Europe

    12/08/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ global advice against non-essential travel to all countries has been extended and will now apply until 1 October.

  • IMF assessment of the Norwegian financial system

    12/08/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    In a recent assessment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) points out that the Norwegian financial system is resilient to shocks and subject to well-developed oversight. However, the IMF also emphasizes that there are vulnerabilities that

  • Joint Statement of Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers on recent developments in Belarus

    11/08/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In a joint statement the Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers express their grave concern about the violence against post-election demonstrations in Belarus.

  • Norway condemns use of force in Belarus

    10/08/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We condemn the security forces’ use of force against protesters following yesterday’s presidential election in Belarus. This use of violence is unacceptable. We call on the Belarusian authorities to release the arrested protesters and journalists

  • Norway pledges additional NOK 45 million in aid to Lebanon

    09/08/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide participated today in a virtual international donor conference on support to Beirut and the Lebanese people following the devastating explosion on 4 August. The conference, which was convened by French

  • Norway to send emergency medical supplies to Lebanon

    07/08/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Government has decided to increase its humanitarian aid to Lebanon by up to NOK 25 million. This additional funding will be used to send 40 tons of medical equipment to Lebanon to help alleviate the emergency situation caused by the

  • Twelve years since the outbreak of the Russo-Georgian War

    07/08/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Twelve years after the war in Georgia, Russian troops are still on Georgian soil and the conflict remains unresolved. ‘Once again we call on Russia to comply with the 2008 ceasefire agreement and pull its forces out of Georgia,’ said Minister of

  • Changes in the travel advice for the Czech Republic, France, Monaco and Switzerland

    06/08/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the Czech Republic, France, Monaco and Switzerland. Changes are also being made to the travel advice for several regions in Sweden.

  • Change in the travel advice for Belgium

    30/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Belgium. This change will apply from 1 August.

  • Stricter regulation for tourist fisheries in Norway

    30/07/2020 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Minister of Fisheries and Seafood has decided to make changes to the regulation for tourist fisheries in Norway. The changes will be implemented January 1st 2021.

  • Changes in the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 25 July

    24/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Spain and Andorra, but is no longer advising against travel to Hungary and to the Swedish regions of Kalmar, Östergötland, Örebro and Värmland. These changes apply from

  • Key issues for Norway in its negotiations with the United Kingdom

    23/07/2020 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Norway will begin negotiations with the United Kingdom for a free trade agreement to be in place by the 31st of December 2020. The Norwegian objectives for the negotiations have now been announced.

  • New resolution on human rights and business

    17/07/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 17 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution by consensus that will increase focus on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Norway headed the negotiation process leading up to the

  • Norwegian oil production cuts in June

    17/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The King in Council decided May 7, 2020 to reduce the Norwegian oil production.

  • Foreign Minister on death sentences in Iran

    16/07/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'We are deeply concerned about death sentences against participants in the Iran protests in 2019. I call on Iran to revoke the death sentences of Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajab and to ensure a fair retrial. Norway opposes all

  • Troika statement on South Sudan July 2020

    14/07/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The following statement was issued jointly by US, UK and Norway at the IGAD summit today.

  • Romantic partners and family members of Norwegians may now come to Norway to visit

    10/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Starting 15 July, the Government plans to allow the entry of foreign nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA (referred to as third-country nationals) who have family or an established romantic relationship in Norway. However, no exemptions are

  • New travel advice for travel between Norway and other European countries

    10/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    From 15 July, the Government is lifting restrictions on entry into Norway for people resident in countries in the Schengen area/EEA that have an acceptable level of infection. From the same date, quarantine will no longer be required on entry from

  • Changes in the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 15 July

    10/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is introducing new exceptions to the travel advice against non-essential travel to all countries. The new exceptions apply to individual countries in the Schengen area/EEA from 15 July.

  • The fight against modern slavery: new grant scheme for civil society

    07/07/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Civil society has a vital role to play in achieving our goal of ending modern slavery. As part of the development programme, we are therefore allocating NOK 190 million over a period of four years to support the work being done by civil society

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