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  • Norway supports UN-project against fisheries crime

    18/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    It is estimated that as much as 31 % of the global seafood harvest is from illegal catch. Norway have now provided 3,4 million Norwegian kroner to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP to the project “Blue Resilience” to strenghten the

  • Norway supports UN-project against fisheries crime

    18/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    It is estimated that as much as 31 % of the global seafood harvest is from illegal catch. Norway have now provided 3,4 million Norwegian kroer to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP to the project “Blue Resilience” to strenghten the fight

  • Changes in the travel advice for Estonia and some of the regions in the Nordic countries

    17/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Estonia, as well as to the region of Etelä-Savo in Finland, and to North Jutland and the region of Zealand in Denmark. Consequently, the entire country of Denmark will

  • Joint statement by Nordic Foreign Ministers from Bornholm

    17/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Foreign Ministers of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark (N5) met today at the Danish island of Bornholm. Situated in the Baltic Sea, they discussed matters of international security and foreign policy.

  • Defence ministers of Norway, Sweden and Finland to meet in Norway

    17/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway's Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen, Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finland's Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen will meet in Lakselv, Norway, on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

  • Normalisation will increase space for dialogue and cooperation

    16/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The normalisation of Israel’s bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will increase the space for dialogue and cooperation between Israel and the Arab world. It is positive if this can contribute to increased political

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    Launching international fisheries crime project

    15/09/2020 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen and Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein launches a UN-led project on Wednesday 16 September to combat fishing crime.

  • Norway appaled by Iran's execution

    12/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We are appaled by Iran’s execution of Navid Afkari. Norway opposes the use of death penalty under all circumstances and as a matter of principle’, says Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a statement.

  • Joint statement from Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers

    11/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    After the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) Foreign Ministers’ annual meeting in Estonia 9 September they released the following joint statement.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    11/09/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Political adviser, Ms. Marte Ziolkowski, has been appointed as acting state secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, in the period that state secretary, Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, settles parental leave from 1 October 2020 to

  • Changes among the political advisers

    11/09/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Student, Mr. Vetle Langedahl, has been appointed as political adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, in the period political adviser Marte Ziolowski is appointed as state secretary, from 21 September 2020 to 20 January 2021.

  • Temporary changes to the mortgage regulation will not be extended

    11/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Based on advice from the Financial Supervisory Authority, the Ministry of Finance has decided not to extend the temporary changes in the mortgage regulation beyond 30 September 2020.

  • Norway to send medical team to Greece

    11/09/2020 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Norway is providing assistance to Greece after the devastating fire in the migrant camp Moria on Lesvos. An emergency medical team from Norway will now be sent to the region.

  • Norway begins process of relocation for asylum seekers from Greece

    10/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Conditions for asylum seekers in the migrant camp Moria have deteriorated as a result of the devastating fire on Lesbos. This has also created an extremely difficult situation for the Greek authorities. The Norwegian Government has therefore started

  • Changes in the travel advice for Slovakia and Hungary

    09/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Slovakia and Hungary, as well as to the regions of Jämtland and Örebro in Sweden, Southern Denmark in Denmark, and Kainuu in Finland. These changes will apply from

  • Banks should refrain from distributing profits at this time

    09/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the largest setback in both the Norwegian and the global economy in decades, and the economic outlook is uncertain. Many businesses have now restarted their operations, but there is still a risk that the economic

  • Norway to take on leading role in effort to beat the pandemic

    07/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Norway is to lead the effort to ensure that the global activities to fight the Covid-19 pandemic are as effective as possible. Together with South Africa, Norway has been chosen to co-chair the Facilitation Council for the Access to Covid-19 Tools (

  • Changes in the travel advice for Italy and Slovenia

    03/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Italy, San Marino, Slovenia and the Vatican State.

  • Foreign Minister Eriksen Søreide on the nerve agent attack in Russia

    02/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The news that the prominent Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent is deeply disturbing. Norway strongly condemns this attack,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Simplifying export credits for the business community

    02/09/2020 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    In order to make it easier for the business community, the Norwegian government is merging The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK)) and Export Credit Norway.