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  • New version: Changes in the travel advice for countries and areas in Europe

    04/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to change the status of Malta and two hospital districts in Finland from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ on the map showing the status for

  • Historic free trade agreement with the UK

    04/06/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Norway has negotiated a free trade agreement with the UK in record time. With the exception of the EEA Agreement, this is the most comprehensive free trade agreement Norway has ever negotiated.

  • Legislative proposal to implement EU sustainable finance regulations submitted to Parliament

    04/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Norwegian Government has submitted to Parliament a legislative proposal for a new sustainable finance law.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    04/06/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, The King has appointed Mr. Erlend Svardal Bøe as state secretary to Minister of Health and Care Services Mr. Bent Høie, as of 4 June 2021.

  • More people may quarantine in their own home

    04/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    On 27 May, the quarantine hotel programme was changed, so that the rate of infection in the country a person has visited now determines whether they must stay at a quarantine hotel or not.

  • Exemption from the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel on compelling compassionate grounds

    04/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Government has established a very narrow application scheme for exemption from the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel for people with particularly strong reasons.

  • Svalbard hotels may receive more guests

    04/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Government is easing the COVID-19 measures in Svalbard by raising the occupancy rate for overnight accommodation to 90 per cent.

  • Verifiable COVID-19 certificate ready on 11 June

    03/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    A COVID-19 certificate for domestic use will be ready on 11 June. The certificate will offer two display options: a simple one for use in Norway and a more detailed one for border crossing in the EU and the EEA.

  • New shipment of seeds to Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    03/06/2021 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    This week, more than 30,000 additional seed bags from five continents were deposited for safe storage in the seed vault on Svalbard. It is the largest seed deposit since the pandemic was confirmed.

  • Norway to share more Covid-19 vaccine doses

    02/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The funding Norway is contributing to Covax will provide an additional one million vaccine doses to the global Covax AMC (Covid-19 Vaccines Advance Market Commitment).

  • Notification on identification of domestic systemically important banks

    01/06/2021 News story Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has notified relevant EU/EEA authorities of which institutions shall be identified as systemically important in Norway.

  • Changes in the travel advice for certain areas in the Nordic region

    28/05/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to change the status of the Etelä-Savo Hospital District and the Kainuu Hospital District in Finland and the Faroe Islands

  • Invitation to tender: Scheduled air services in Norway 1 July 2021 – 30 September 2021

    28/05/2021 Press release Ministry of Transport

    The Ministry of Transport invites tenderers to an open tender procedure for the operation of six routes as part of a scheme of temporary publicly subsidised scheduled air services related to the pandemic. The deadline for submitting tenders is 7

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    28/05/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, The King has made changes in the list of state secretaries.

  • Norway establishes a national quota for Northeast Atlantic Mackerel for 2021

    27/05/2021 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Ministry for trade, industry and fisheries has today established a mackerel quota at 298 299 tonnes for 2021. In the absence of a coastal State agreement, Norway must establish a unilateral quota for mackerel for 2021.

  • Geographical redistribution of vaccines: 45% more doses for the 24 municipalities

    27/05/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    New projections from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health show that the planned redistribution of vaccine doses, resulting in a 60% increase for certain municipalities, would mean that municipalities with a low rate of infection would have to

  • Norway condemns actions of Belarusian authorities

    26/05/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega, who were arrested on Sunday after the passenger flight they were on was diverted and forced to land in Belarus, must be released immediately. The same applies to more than 400 other political dissidents who are

  • ESRB recommends reciprocation of Norwegian capital requirements for banks

    26/05/2021 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) has issued a recommendation to other EEA states to reciprocate Norwegian capital requirements for banks. The recommendation concerns the new systemic risk buffer requirement and temporary risk weight floors

  • Norwegian students will not have to pay for staying at a quarantine hotel

    26/05/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Education and Research

    From 27 May, Norwegian students returning from studies abroad will not have to pay the fee if they must stay at a quarantine hotel.

  • Regional measures lifted for the municipalities in Viken county

    26/05/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Government has decided to lift the regional measures for the municipalities in Viken county. The infection situation indicates that these municipalities can now return to ordinary national rules. The changes will enter into effect on