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  • Norway to step up funding to alleviate humanitarian crises

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government proposes an increase in humanitarian funding to an unprecedented level. 'Never before have so many people been affected by wars, conflicts and natural disasters. Given that more than 140 million people are in need of humanitarian

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    A budget for economic growth, job creation, and a sustainable welfare state

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Government’s fiscal policy has been used actively to counter the effects of the oil price slump. The economy is now gradually recovering. In the fiscal budget for 2018, the use of petroleum revenues will therefore increase more slowly than in

  • Stepping up funding for job creation and renewable energy

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Jobs must be created in developing countries if we are to succeed in combating poverty and achieving the sustainable development goals. This is why we are proposing to increase support for private-sector development by NOK 338 million in 2018,'

  • Key figures in the fiscal budget 2018

    2017-10-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    To ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information in the fiscal budget, selected key figures are unveiled prior to the budget release.

  • World Day Against the Death Penalty 10 October 2017

    2017-10-10 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    World Day Against the Death Penalty is being marked today for the 15th year in a row, with events all over the world. 'The death penalty is irreversible. In all criminal justice systems there is a risk that mistakes will be made and innocent people

  • NOK 50 million to EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

    2017-10-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government will provide NOK 50 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU's trust fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. 'Norway is participating actively in

  • Joint Norway-UK Statement on  lifting the sanctions against Sudan

    2017-10-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and the United Kingdom welcome the decision taken by the United States Government to permanently lift the bilateral economic sanctions imposed on Sudan.

  • Kristin Lund to be the first female UN leader in the Middle East

    2017-10-06 Press release Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On October 6th the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres announced that Major General Kristin Lund will be the new head of UNs military observers in the Middle East - United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Lund will make

  • Prime Minister Solberg congratulates ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize

    2017-10-06 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I would like to congratulate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. By mobilising civil society all over the world, ICAN is playing an important role in promoting the goal of a

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-10-06 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has of 27 October 2017 honourably discharged Grete Ellingsen as state secretary to Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner.

  • Key figures for the Norwegian economy and the fiscal budget

    2017-10-06 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance will publish key figures for the Norwegian economy October 12 at 8:00 am (CEST).

  • Norway fulfills support pledge

    2017-10-03 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    - I am delighted to announce that The Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative intends to support the Tenure Facility Facility with 20 million USD over the next few years, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen announced on 3

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-09-29 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Svein Arne Flåtten as state secretary to Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Agreement with China to renegotiate tax treaty

    2017-09-28 Press release Ministry of Finance

    China and Norway agree to renegotiate the tax treaty between the two countries. This became clear during a meeting between China's tax minister Wang Jun and Finance Minister Siv Jensen on Wednesday.

  • New app reveals deforestation

    2017-09-27 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    With a smartphone in the back pocket anyone can now reveal deforestation in tropical rainforests. The Forest Watcher app provides user access to satellite data showing changes in global forest cover, enabling them to rapidly react to threats and

  • Government launches international cyber strategy

    2017-09-27 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence

    'Over a very short space of time, the internet has altered the global landscape of which Norway is a part. We are seeing a sharp increase in digital security challenges and vulnerabilities. Norway's economy and security are dependent on a

  • Fisheries minister Sandberg to UN meeting on fisheries crime

    2017-09-24 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Norwegian Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg will attend the 3rd International Fisheries Crime Symposium in Vienna on the 25th September this year with participants from 56 countries with the goal to raise global awareness about organized crime

  • Changes among the political advisers

    2017-09-22 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Ms. Marte Ziolkowski as political adviser to Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide. Ms. Ziolowski succeeds Mr. Audun Halvorsen, who has been appointed as state secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-09-22 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Audun Halvorsen, political adviser, as state secretary to Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen.Ms. Maria Jahrmann Bjerke, political adviser, was appointed as state

  • New ambassadors from the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovakia and Argentina

    2017-09-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 19 September 2017.