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  • The Norwegian Government Has Decided to Procure Five P-8A Poseidon

    2016-12-01 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Norwegian Government decided 25th November to procure five P-8A Poseidon for delivery in 2021 to 2022. The decision taken in the Government has been proposed to the Parliament, which is expected to reach a resolution regarding the procurement

  • Colombian peace agreement approved

    2016-12-01 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is very positive that the peace agreement in Colombia has now been finally approved by the Colombian Congress. This means that it can enter into force, and that the important work to implement what the parties have agreed on can begin. It is

  • Minister Hauglie announces new white paper on petroleum safety

    2016-11-30 News story Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The Government has stated that it will draw up a new white paper on safety on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Ministers of sports met in Budapest

    2016-11-29 News story Ministry of Culture

    Today, the Minister of Culture gave a speech at the Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sports

  • Strengthened cooperation with Slovakia on business and climate change

    2016-11-28 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and Slovakia have signed new MoUs on the EEA and Norway Grants. In the years ahead, important areas of cooperation will be business and innovation and climate change. Funding will also be used to develop cross-border cooperation between

  • Half a billion kroner in humanitarian support for Syria crisis

    2016-11-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The world’s greatest refugee crisis is unfolding in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Government will once again step up its effort to alleviate suffering and help to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. We have

  • Security Council must adopt measures to stop conflict in South Sudan

    2016-11-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is deeply concerned about the escalating ethnic violence in South Sudan. The warring parties have committed themselves to a ceasefire a number of times, but the promises have not been kept.

  • New chance for peace in Colombia

    2016-11-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The signing of a new peace agreement gives Colombia the chance to bring an end to decades of armed conflict. Recent armed confrontations show that the ceasefire is fragile, and there is no time to lose in implementing the peace agreement,’ said

  • Norwegian Minister of Culture Ms. Linda Hofstad Helleland elected Vice-President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

    2016-11-20 Press release Ministry of Culture

    Norwegian Minister of Culture Ms. Linda Hofstad Helleland was Sunday elected to serve as Vice-president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA's Foundation Board was responsible for the election.

  • Establishment of Artica Svalbard Foundation

    2016-11-17 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The Ministry of Culture, the Fritt Ord Foundation and Sparebank1 Nord-Norge’s Cultural Business Development Foundation are joining forces to establish a new foundation with a mandate to promote artistic and cultural activity on Svalbard - the Artica

  • Norway provides NOK 47 million in aid to the Central African Republic

    2016-11-17 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The population of the Central African Republic is suffering because of the armed conflict, attacks on civilians and the grave humanitarian situation. The UN and the various aid organisations have only received around 30 % of the funding they need

  • Guyana and Norway agree on how to take partnership dialogue forward

    2016-11-17 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    President David Granger of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen of the Kingdom of Norway met yesterday on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Convention in Marrakesh, Morocco, for a very

  • Norway increases its humanitarian support to women and children in Syria

    2016-11-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Six million children in Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Norway is again increasing its education efforts for children and youth, as well as support to pregnant and other women affected by the conflict,' said Minister of Foreign

  • From 33 to 21 state universities and university colleges

    2016-11-15 News story Ministry of Education and Research

    Hedmark University College and Lillehammer University College are merging to become Høgskolen i Innlandet [University College of Eastern Norway] as from 1 January 2017. “This merger is one of the last pieces of the puzzle in the most extensive

  • Proposal for renewal and improvement of school subjects

    2016-11-15 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The government is seeking renewal of the subjects taught in schools to enable pupils to achieve more in-depth learning and better understanding. Greater focus will also be placed on the schools’ broad education and qualification mission within the

  • Enhancing kindergarten efforts relating to diversity and the youngest children

    2016-11-15 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Minister of Education and Research has circulated a proposal for a new framework plan for kindergartens for consultative review. He is looking to strengthen kindergarten activities in connection with the youngest children, diversity, meals,

  • Agreement on new peace accord in Colombia

    2016-11-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Colombian government and the guerrilla group Farc-EP announced this evening in Havana that they have reached a new peace accord.

  • New ambassadors from Brazil, Russia and Bhutan

    2016-11-10 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 10 November 2016.

  • - Natural gas is an essential part of a sustainable energy future

    2016-11-10 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    On Thursday, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Tord Lien, opened The Economist Energy Summit in London.

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    Prime Minister congratulates Donald Trump

    2016-11-09 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. The US is our closest ally and our cooperation is based on shared values and interests. We will seek to cooperate constructively with Donald Trump and with his administration once