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  • Norway introduces restrictive measures against Alexander Lukashenko

    20/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government has decided to introduce restrictive measures against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

  • Norway concerned about political violence in Uganda

    19/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is concerned about the political violence in the electoral campaigns in Uganda, and I offer my condolences to the victims. In line with the High Representative of EU Josep Borrell Fontelles, Norway urges the Government of Uganda to ensure

  • Changes in the travel advice for a hospital district in Finland

    19/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the Etelä- Savo Hospital District in Finland.

  • Announcement of the 25th licensing round

    19/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces the 25th licensing round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

  • Norway welcomes pledge to resume Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

    18/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway welcomes the renewed pledge for cooperation based on the signed Israeli-Palestinian bilateral agreements. I hope this will pave the way for a new and more constructive phase in the relationship between the two parties,’ said Minister of

  • Norway shares concerns over developments in Peru

    17/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway shares Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ concerns over developments in Peru, including excessive use of force by police and loss of lives', says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Statement on Israeli settlement expansion in Givat Hamatos

    17/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Israeli authorities on 15 November to open the bidding process for the construction of 1257 housing units in a new settlement in Givat Hamatos. If constructed, the settlement would be situated on

  • The Foreign Minister on the violence in Tigray, Ethiopia

    14/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway urges the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia to stop the violence in Tigray. Hostilities and hate speech must give way to dialogue. Safe and unhindered humanitarian access and lifting the information blockade are important first steps',

  • The Foreign Minister on the general elections in  Myanmar

    14/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Congratulations to the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi on winning the general elections in Myanmar. The high voter turnout shows people’s commitment to the reform process. Norway expects the next government to use this mandate to

  • The Foreign Minister on the situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

    13/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'We are appalled by reports of escalating violence and massacres of civilians in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Norway supports the UN Secretary General’s call for investigation and accountability'

  • Statement on the situation for the political opposition in Hong Kong

    13/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'We are deeply concerned that four members of the political opposition in Hong Kong have been disqualified from the Legislative Council. We encourage the authorites of Hong Kong and China to suspend the decision and guarantee the democratic rights

  • Changes in the travel advice for the Faroe Islands and certain hospital districts in Finland

    12/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has recommended removing the quarantine requirement for travellers from the Faroe Islands and certain hospital districts in Finland. These areas will therefore be excepted from the Ministry of Foreign Affair’

  • Norway steps up efforts to combat non-communicable diseases in low-income countries

    11/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will contribute an additional USD 133 million to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in low-income countries from 2020 to 2024. “Non-communicable diseases are the leading killers of our time. As is so often the case, the world’s

  • Foreign Minister on the passing away of Dr. Saeb Erakat

    10/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I extend my deep condolences to the family of Saeb Erakat, the PLO and the Palestinians, whom he represented so vigorously. Dr. Erakat will be remembered for his tireless devotion to peace and a negotiated twostate-solution. I will remember with

  • Continuation of controls at the internal borders

    10/11/2020 News story Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    On 16 March, Norway reintroduced controls at the internal borders as a measure to limit the spread of Covid-19. The Government has decided to continue these measures and will, in line with our obligations, notify the EU of this.

  • The Corona situation: More information about quarantine hotels

    24/11/2020 Article Government.no

    In order to limit import infection, on 5 November 2020 the Government introduced arrangements involving quarantine hotels, effective from 9 November 2020. Further information about who has a duty to stay at the quarantine hotels and how the

  • Norway's revised National Forestry Accounting Plan for 2021-2025 finalised

    10/11/2020 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Land use, land use change and forestry are key parts of the agreement between EU, Norway and Iceland on joint fulfilment of our 2030 emission targets. Norway has submitted its revised National Forestry Accounting Plan, including the forest reference

  • Prime Minister met head of European Commission

    09/11/2020 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Green transformation and the COVID-19 pandemic was the key topics at the meeting between Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, today.

  • New measures necessary for aviation sector in crisis

    09/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport

    The government is to expand and strengthen the measures available to the Norwegian aviation sector, and will shortly propose changes to the loan guarantee scheme and increase the funding available for underwriting of airline routes.

  • The Norwegian State will not provide further support to Norwegian Air Shuttle or for the launch of a new airline

    09/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport

    Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA ("Norwegian") and Erik G. Braathen’s new airline company have both requested financial support from the Norwegian State in addition to the support schemes that have already been established for the industry. The government