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  • Norway to provide NOK 1.75 billion to Syria and neighbouring countries

    30/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The war in Syria has caused immense suffering and widespread devastation. The civilian population in Syria and its neighbouring countries is dependent on humanitarian aid. That is why Norway is maintaining a high level of support. We will provide

  • New Interim Act and Regulations on entry restrictions take effect on 1 July

    30/06/2020 News story Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Starting 1 July 2020, a new Interim Act relating to entry restrictions for foreign nationals out of concern for public health will enter into force along with associated Regulations.

  • Norway planning to ease restrictions on travel to and from other European countries

    25/06/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Norwegian Government is planning to allow people resident in the Schengen area/EEA to enter Norway from 15 July, provided that they live in a country or region where the level of infection is acceptable. From the same date, quarantine will no

  • Changes to travel advice for certain EEA/Schengen countries from 15 July

    25/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is planning to make more exceptions to its travel advice against non-essential travel to all countries. From 15 July, the global travel advice will no longer apply to certain EEA/Schengen countries.

  • Entry restrictions to be eased for work immigrants and students

    25/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government is amending its COVID-19-related entry restrictions in a way that will allow the admission of foreign nationals who have a residence permit for work and foreign students travelling to Norway to study.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    23/06/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Political adviser Peder Weidemann Egseth has been appointed state secretary to Prime Minister Erna Solberg, as of 1 July 2020.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    23/06/2020 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.

  • New ambassadors from Iran and Sri Lanka

    22/06/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Two new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 22 June 2020.

  • Norway provides funding for UN Migration Trust Fund

    20/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norge gir 15 millioner kroner til FNs oppstartsfond for arbeid med migrasjon, Migration MPTF. Bidraget skal brukes til å beskytte sårbare migranter og bekjempe irregulær migrasjon.

  • Announcement of Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020

    19/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces this year’s licensing round in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf - Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020.

  • Export of salmon to China

    18/06/2020 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    On Tuesday, Chinese experts on disease control said that they have no evidence that salmon was the original source or an intermediate host of the recently discovered cases of Covid-19 infections in Beijing.

  • Norwegian diplomat named deputy head of UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA

    18/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed the Norwegian diplomat Leni Stenseth to serve as Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    18/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has decided to follow Norges Bank’s advice not to change the countercyclical capital buffer requirement of 1 percent for banks.

  • Norway elected to the UN Security Council

    17/06/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway was elected as a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021-2022. ‘We would like to thank the UN member states for the confidence they have shown in us.  The world needs more international cooperation to promote peace and

  • Norway Supports Quantum Leap for the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund

    15/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The scale of violent conflicts the world is facing today requires a concerted international effort. The Norwegian Government has decided to provide 500 million NOK (approximately 52 million USD) for the next strategic phase of the UN Peacebuilding

  • Norway opening up for more leisure travel to and from the other Nordic countries

    12/06/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Government will open Norway’s borders for leisure travel to and from the other Nordic countries from 15 June, but will maintain quarantine rules and restrictions on entry for people arriving from regions where the level of infection is

  • Norwegian exports of defence-related products in 2019

    12/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, the Government presented the annual white paper on exports of defence-related products. In 2019, Norwegian companies exported arms and military equipment worth around NOK 4.4 billion, as compared with NOK 4.8 billion in 2018. The total value

  • Norway to participate in international cooperation on Covid-19 vaccines

    12/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Norway is strongly committed to the effort to develop a vaccine against Covid-19. It is now clear that Norway will take part in two international initiatives to secure access to a vaccine for Norwegians and for people in low- and middle-income

  • Norway opens offshore areas for wind power

    12/06/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, by royal decree, the areas "Utsira Nord" and "Sørlige Nordsjø II" are opened for offshore renewables, including offshore wind power. This means it will be possible to submit license applications for offshore wind power projects.

  • Troika statement on South Sudan June 2020

    09/06/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The following statement was issued jointly by US, UK and Norway.

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