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  • 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

  • Five-year agreement increases support to Norwegian People's Aid

    01/04/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein was present today as the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) signed a new five-year agreement with Norwegian People’s Aid to support the organisation’s efforts to fight poverty

  • Norwegian borders to open for entry by some EEA nationals

    01/04/2020 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Norway is opening its borders for seasonal workers from EEA countries in the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors and the food industry.

  • Norway to contribute to new UN Fund to Fight Coronavirus

    31/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We are pleased that the UN acted so quickly on our proposal to establish a global fund to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Norway is providing a first contribution of NOK 150 million to enable the work of the fund to get under way as soon as

  • Norwegian production of emergency ventilators

    31/03/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian companies Laerdal Medical and Servi have developed an emergency ventilator in collaboration with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment that could help to double the number of breathing machines at Norwegian hospitals by the end

  • Public consultation on APA 2020 – Awards in Pre-defined Areas

    30/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy proposes to include 36 new blocks in this year's licensing round in the well-known parts of the Norwegian Continental Shelf - Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020. The proposal is now sent on a public

  • Mandate established for management of Government Bond Fund

    29/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Act relating to the Government Bond Fund and Folketrygdfondet’s mandate for managing the fund both enter into force Friday 27 March. Folketrygdfondet, a state-owned asset manager, can begin making investments immediately. The bond fund was

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    New measures to curb the financial impacts of the coronavirus outbreak

    28/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    Friday 27 March, the Government put forward additional financial measures to address the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Norway’s health-related measures during the COVID-19 pandemic

    27/03/2020 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Government will allocate more than NOK 2 billion to the development of vaccines to protect us against pandemics. New digital solutions are being developed to make COVID-19 contact tracing easier.

  • Norway to increase support for vaccine development by NOK 2.2 billion

    27/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is to increase its support for the work to develop vaccines against the virus that has caused the current Covid-19 pandemic and against future epidemics by NOK 2.2 billion.