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  • Norway to hold presidency of Security Council in January

    23/12/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will hold the presidency of the Security Council in January 2022. In addition to leading the Council’s work to promote international peace and security, Norway will organise a number of thematic meetings focusing on its identified priority

  • Romania wants to buy Norwegian F-16

    22/12/2021 News story Ministry of Defence

    Through a letter signed by the chiefs of the two Chambers of the Romanian Parliament, sent on Monday, 20 December, the Romanian Parliament approved the acquisition of 32 Norwegian F-16 fighter jets. The estimated total Romanian budget is EUR 454

  • Norway increases support for UNRWA

    21/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway disbursed NOK 40 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This brings Norway’s total contribution to UNRWA for 2021 to NOK 257 million.

  • Norway to support humanitarian Climate and Environment Charter

    21/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is one of the first countries to formally express support for the new Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

  • Norway to provide NOK 3.3 billion to new, record-high financing package for world’s poorest countries

    21/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The World Bank’s International Development Association is the international community’s largest single channel for multilateral aid. The IDA20 replenishment is crucial to prevent a sudden decline in the World Bank’s assistance to the poorest

  • Statement on Sudan from the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs

    18/12/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three years ago tomorrow, the people of Sudan started a country-wide uprising for freedom, peace and justice. After months of determined and fearless efforts through peaceful protests - often led by women and youth - the revolution succeeded in

  • Norway to provide NOK 1.6 billion in funding to the World Food Programme and the fight against hunger

    17/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is now entering into a four-year agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) on the provision of a total of NOK 1.6 billion in funding.

  • New rules on covered bonds

    17/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Government has proposed new legislation to implement the Covered Bonds Directive in Norway.

  • New state secretaries

    17/12/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s Council of State, The King has appointed Mr. Christian Anton Smedshaug as acting state secretary to Minister of Climate and Environment Espen Barth Eide, in the period that state secretary Aleksander Øren Heen settles parental leave,

  • Norway participates in a project which will make it easier for military forces to cross borders in Europe

    14/12/2021 News story Ministry of Defence

    - The security situation in Europe has underlined the need for improvements in military mobility, and work to this end is taken forward in NATO, our European allies and in the Nordic context. One of the weaknesses with the current system has been

  • Clearer test prioritisation and stricter quarantine rules

    14/12/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The high demand for rapid antigen tests and self-tests requires that the municipalities now clearly prioritise who to test. The Norwegian Government has also tasked the Norwegian Directorate of Health with procuring more tests immediately. A single

  • Government to provide student support for electricity costs

    13/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government is proposing offering an application-based additional loan of NOK 3000 to students at universities, university colleges and vocational schools and adult students studying at upper secondary level in order to cover their electricity

  • Examinations at universities, university colleges and vocational schools are to be completed

    13/12/2021 News story Ministry of Education and Research

    Measures and recommendations that focus on universities, university colleges and vocational schools must provide students with safe teaching, compulsory courses and examinations.

  • Government launches electricity support package worth billions

    11/12/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The government has today announced a temporary scheme that will help ordinary people across Norway to cope with their electricity bills this winter, with energy prices recently reaching new record highs. The scheme will provide support to households

  • Norway to give priority to protection, health and fight against hunger in allocation of humanitarian reserve

    09/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Humanitarian needs worldwide were at a record high at the beginning of this year, and have continued to rise. When allocating the remainder of the humanitarian reserve funds, roughly NOK 113 million, we will give priority to efforts to combat

  • School feeding for better nutrition and learning

    09/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Prior to the pandemic, one in two school-age children worldwide received one school meal every day. ‘When schools were closed it was not just access to education that was lost. For millions of children around the world school meals are critical.

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    Prime Minister Støre will meet the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

    08/12/2021 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Saturday 11 December at 10:00 Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will meet the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov from Russia in the Prime Minister’s residence at Inkognitogata 18.

  • Transmission quarantine required for close contacts of suspected cases of the Omicron variant

    08/12/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Government has decided to also introduce a duty to complete transmission quarantine for other close contacts of people who it is suspected may have been infected with the Omicron variant. Currently, the duty to quarantine in these

  • Norway increases humanitarian funding for acute crises

    08/12/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway is increasing its annual contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to NOK 450 million over the next four years. This will create greater predictability and enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian efforts,’ said Minister

  • Statement on the verdict against President Win Myin and State Councellor Aung San Suu Kyi

    06/12/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway strongly condemns today’s verdicts against President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. We are deeply concerned about the way the military regime seems to use the judicial system to silence its political opponents and how this