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  • Questions and answers from the Government’s second press conference for children

    18/04/2020 News story Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Education and Research

    Answers given at a press conference for children on 15 April by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister of Education and Integration Guri Melby and Minister of Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad.

  • IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings to focus on coronavirus pandemic

    17/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein is taking part in the meeting of the Development Committee (the Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF) on Friday 17 April. Meetings of the

  • Norway increases defence spending to strengthen its capability and readiness

    17/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Defence, Office of the Prime Minister

    Today the Norwegian government presented the new Long Term Plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces. A continued increase in defence spending will strengthen the readiness and endurance of the Norwegian Armed Forces and reduce operational gaps.

  • Norway seeking increased international cooperation to deal with the coronavirus crisis

    16/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Widespread international cooperation is of vital importance in the efforts to alleviate the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The Government is now considering a Norwegian contribution to the IMF’s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust as well

  • Norwegian aid to developing countries hits record high

    16/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway gave a record NOK 37.8 billion in aid to developing countries in 2019, slightly more than 1 per cent of the gross national income (GNI).

  • Norway supports the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s Covid-19 response

    15/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is allocating NOK 30 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for their humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Norway congratulates the people of Sudan on the one-year anniversary of the ouster of al-Bashir and his regime.

    11/04/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on Twitter: Norway congratulates the people of Sudan on the one-year anniversary of the ouster of al-Bashir and his regime. We recognize the efforts by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the transitional

  • Troika Statement on the one year anniversary on the ouster of Omar al-Bashir and his regime

    11/04/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway.

  • More EEA nationals may enter Norway

    09/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government has decided to change the regulations on rejecting foreign nationals without a residence permit at the border, thus enabling a greater number of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who are to work in Norway to enter the country.

  • Norway to lift COVID-19 restrictions gradually and cautiously

    08/04/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    ‘By working together, we have got the virus under control, and can start to lift restrictions little by little. We will do this together, cautiously, and taking our time,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • The Norwegian Minister of Defence wants to meet with the defence industry to discuss measures of support

    08/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has implemented measures and is continuously assessing the need for new measures to support the national defence industry.

  • The Government enters new partnership agreements with humanitarian organisations

    06/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is seeking to boost life-saving assistance and humanitarian efforts in high-priority areas such protection of civilians and innovation by entering new multi-year partnership agreements with the Norwegian Refugee Council (including

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    Enterprises with at least 30 % fall in revenue may receive compensation

    06/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government is proposing central government compensation for enterprises that experience a revenue fall of at least 30 % due to the coronavirus outbreak. The compensation amount will depend on how much revenue has dropped, the size of unavoidable

  • Economic measures in Norway in response to COVID-19

    06/04/2020 News story Ministry of Finance

    The outbreak of Covid-19 is serious for life and health. To counter the outbreak, strong measures have been taken in Norway as well as in other parts of the world. The outbreak will have a major impact on the economy and significantly weigh on

  • Norway sending medical team to Italy

    05/04/2020 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Lombardy region of Italy is in desperate need of health-care personnel due to the coronavirus emergency. Norway is now sending a medical team to the region.

  • Additional financial measures to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis

    03/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government today proposed additional financial measures to soften the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak in Norway. The newly submitted measures are directed at industries, companies and certain groups that have been particularly hard hit

  • Norwegian Foreign Minister urges donors to increase support for Palestine

    03/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The annual spring meeting of the international donor group for Palestine, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), was due to be held in Brussels on 1 April, hosted by the EU. The meeting has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. In its

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains travel advice of 14 March

    03/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining the travel advice it issued on 14 March cautioning against non-essential travel to all countries. The reason is the increased spread of the coronavirus internationally and the unpredictable and

  • Largest ever agreement with Norwegian Church Aid to fight poverty

    02/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norwegian Church Aid today signed an agreement of record size with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The agreement provides a total of NOK 1.75 billion over five years to support Norwegian Church Aid’s sustainable development

  • Norway stepping up support for international research on coronavirus disease

    02/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Research Council of Norway will provide up to NOK 100 million in support for measures to fight coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The funding will be allocated, among other things, to the World