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  • Award of Production Licenses in APA 2020

    19/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    On the 19th February 2021, the King in Council awarded 61 new production licenses in the APA 2020 licensing round (Awards in Predefined Areas).

  • New ambassadors from Saudi-Arabia and Sweden

    19/02/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Two new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to the Crown Prince Regent on 18 February 2021.

  • Update on Norwegian assistance to Myanmar

    18/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The military coup on 1 February has changed the conditions for Norway’s development assistance in Myanmar. For this reason, Norway is now freezing the state-to-state knowledge-development programmes between public institutions in Norway and Myanmar.

  • Letter of Intent signed on Nordic-US joint exercise ‘Arctic Challenge’

    18/02/2021 News story Ministry of Defence

    The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and the Ministers of Defence of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden signed a Letter of Intent on 17th February, 2021, stating political support to the continued Nordic-US engagement in the Nordic-led

  • Regional coronavirus measures discontinued in Oslo and Viken

    16/02/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Government has decided to discontinue the regional measures implemented in municipalities in Oslo and Viken following the outbreak of the UK variant of the coronavirus. The decision was made in consultation with the relevant municipalities.

  • Norway chairs the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on the DPRK

    16/02/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    As a member of the UN Security Council, Norway will chair the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006). Ambassador Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York, will

  • Norway increases the support to poor small-scale farmers in rural areas in Low Income Countries

    16/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will increase its financial contribution to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) by 40%.

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    The Basis for Wage Settlements in 2021 Preliminary Report

    15/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    Press release from the Norwegian Technical Calculation Committee for Wage Settlements: Preliminary Report 2021.

  • Deportation of foreigners who do not register prior to arrival or submit to testing at the border

    15/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The government has today introduced the statutory authority to deport foreign citizens who violate the testing and registration requirements stipulated in the Covid-19 regulations.

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

    12/02/2021 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 Kainuu Hospital District in Finland from ‘yellow’ to ‘red’ on the map showing the status for

  • How to spend your winter break in Norway

    12/02/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    It is almost the winter break, and in light of this the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have prepared national guidelines on how to plan and take holidays in a Covid-safe manner.

  • National Control Centre to monitor arrivals into Norway

    12/02/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The government has requested that the Norwegian Directorate of Health establish a National Control Centre in order to prevent the import of infections. The control centre will be based at the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in

  • Long-term Perspectives on the Norwegian Economy 2021: Poised for long-term success

    12/02/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Finance

    The Government is today presenting the white paper on Long-term Perspectives on the Norwegian Economy 2021. The white paper addresses the challenges facing Norway towards 2060, and the Government’s strategies for handling these.

  • Export Credit Norway and GIEK merge into Export Finance Norway

    12/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    From the 1st of July 2021, Export Credit Norway and The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK) merge into Export Finance Norway (Eksfin), Eksportfinansiering Norge in Norwegian.

  • Statement on Loujain Hathloul

    11/02/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I'm so happy to hear that Loujain Hathloul is finally safe at home after being imprisoned for more than 1000 days', Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said.

  • Tightened entry restrictions extended until end of February

    10/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The government is to extend the tightened restrictions on entry into Norway that were introduced on 29 January, with some minor adjustments. The government is also continuing its work aiming to enable further opening up of society, while the

  • Statement from the Foreign Minister about Myanmar

    10/02/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned about the escalating situation in Myanmar. Norway strongly urges the military to refrain from all use of violence and of restrictions against people that are exercising their right to expression and assembly, and to release

  • Continuation of measures for the Nordre Follo and Halden outbreaks, with some exceptions

    10/02/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The infection situation is complex, and the number of cases of more contagious variants is increasing. For this reason, most of the measures introduced to limit the spread of infection in connection with the Nordre Follo and Halden outbreaks will

  • Grave situation in Myanmar

    09/02/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 1 February, Myanmar’s military carried out a coup against the country’s democratically elected government, detaining members of the Government, politicians, journalists, and representatives of civil society organisations.

  • Expert group to examine how climate change, climate policy and the green transition may affect the Government Pension Fund Global

    09/02/2021 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Climate and environmental matters have for many years been a key part of the Ministry of Finance's work with the investment strategy for the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and the Fund framework. The Ministry is appointing an expert group to