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  • Changes in the government

    2016-12-20 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In a session of the Council of State today, the King has made changes in the Government.

  • Norway provides NOK 2.7 billion to the World Bank’s Fund for the Poorest

    2016-12-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The World Bank is stepping up its fight against poverty. From July 2017 to June 2020, Norway will provide NOK 2.7 billion to the World Bank’s Fund for the Poorest, the International Development Association (IDA).

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Germany

    2016-12-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin in the strongest possible terms. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Germany in the fight against terrorism. We will never let terrorists destroy our democratic values and our freedom,’

  • Ministry of Climate and Environment upholds permit for mining activities at Nussir and Ulveryggen

    2016-12-19 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The Ministry of Climate and Environment upholds the decision of the Norwegian Environment Agency of granting a permit under the Pollution Control Act, for mining activities at Nussir and Ulveryggen in Kvalsund municipality and disposal of tailings

  • Full normalisation of relations with China

    2016-12-19 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am pleased that we can announce the full normalisation of our political and diplomatic relations with China here in Beijing today. This joint statement opens up many opportunities for cooperation. We have already agreed to immediately resume

  • Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden sign "Memorandum of Understanding" on significant branches

    2016-12-19 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Finance Minister of Norway and Finland, the Minister for Business of Denmark and the Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs of Sweden sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to facilitate the cooperation regarding

  • Protection of problem gamblers most important

    2016-12-16 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The Government will retain the current regulatory model that gives Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto a monopoly on the provision of gaming and betting services. No new licensing scheme will be introduced for foreign gaming and betting companies.

  • Change among the state secretaries

    2016-12-16 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Brage Baklien, political adviser, as state secretary to Minister of Finance Siv Jensen. He succeeds Mr. Paal Bjørnestad, who has been honourably discharged from the office.

  • Defence to the Oslo District Court Submitted

    2016-12-15 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Greenpeace Norden and Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) have filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian Government claiming that the award of production licenses in the 23. licensing round violates Norwegian law. The Government disputes this and has

  • Countercyclical buffer increases

    2016-12-15 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today decided that the level of the countercyclical capital buffer requirement shall be increased to 2 per cent from 31 December 2017 . This is in line with the advice for Q4/16 from Norges Bank.

  • Foreign Minister Brende to visit Liberia

    2016-12-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister Børge Brende will visit Liberia on 15 December. Mr Brende will be present when President Johnson Sirleaf opens the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, which has been rehabilitated with support from Norway.

  • New regulation on requirements for residential mortgage loans

    2016-12-14 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has adopted a new regulation on requirements for new residential mortgage loans. The new regulation replaces the current regulation which is set to expire at the end of 2016. The new regulation takes effect from 1 January

  • Bloodbath in Aleppo must stop

    2016-12-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The bloodbath in Aleppo must stop. Reports from the UN of civilians and aid workers being summarily executed over the last 24 hours give cause for serious concern. I hope that the agreement that has apparently been reached on the evacuation of

  • Norway provides NOK 380 million to the UN's Emergency Response Fund

    2016-12-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The many large-scale, protracted humanitarian crises in the world today have created a tremendous need for emergency aid. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund ensures that aid can quickly reach those who need it when acute crises arise, and

  • Colombia to build environment-friendly peace

    2016-12-13 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    What is next for Colombia? The peace agreement is one of the first in history that put heavy emphasis on environment and sustainability as part of the peace building process. Today in Oslo, Colombia's Government share their plans on the way forward.

  • Prime Minister Solberg met Nobel Peace Prize laureate

    2016-12-11 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg met Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos today. President Santos is in Norway in connection with receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016, which he was awarded yesterday.

  • Calling on everyone to stand up for human rights

    2016-12-10 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today is Human Rights Day. “In addition to celebrating all the progress made every day, we have to roll up our sleeves and work to preserve and strengthen implementation of the rights the world community agreed on in 1948. Each and every one of us

  • The world needs a stable oil market

    2016-12-10 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    By Tord Lien, Minister of petroleum and energy, Norway

  • Strengthened cooperation with Bulgaria in the judicial and business sectors

    2016-12-09 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and Bulgaria have signed agreements on a number of new programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants. Justice and migration, the business sector, energy and enhanced Roma inclusion are priority areas for cooperation.

  • New ambassadors from Morocco, Vietnam, Cuba and Iran

    2016-12-08 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 8 December 2016.