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  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    21/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today decided to keep the level of the countercyclical capital buffer for banks unchanged. This is in line with the advice for Q3/17 from Norges Bank.

  • First UN Special Envoy for the Ocean

    20/09/2017 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I welcome the appointment of Peter Thomson as UN Special Envoy for the Ocean. This is a clear expression of the Secretary-General’s strong leadership. This increased focus on the challenges and opportunities relating to the world’s oceans is

  • Norway increases support for UN Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization in Iraq by NOK 20 million

    20/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The fight against Isil in Iraq is being won. Some 90 % of the areas previously held by Isil have been liberated, and over two million internally displaced Iraqis have returned home. These people are in a very vulnerable situation. It is vital that

  • UN General Assembly: Global challenges can only be solved by working together

    20/09/2017 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    This week, heads of state and government from all over the world are meeting at the UN. They have come together to discuss a number of major common challenges, such as climate change, environmental degradation and development issues. But this is

  • Norway increases humanitarian support to Myanmar and Bangladesh

    19/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am very concerned about the civilians in Rakhine who have been subjected to violence and forced to flee. This situation has created great humanitarian needs on both sides of the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Norway is increasing its

  • Humanitarian aid to areas liberated from Isil

    19/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway will provide an additional NOK 80 million to humanitarian organisations that are helping people who are fleeing the hostilities in Syria. This funding will also be used to provide life-saving support in areas that have been liberated from

  • Colombia steps up the battle against Amazon deforestation

    19/09/2017 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Colombian authorities are stepping up their efforts to preserve the country's valuable rainforests. Air Force planes that used to drop bombs on the FARC guerillas are now instead dropping flyers telling people not to burn or chop down trees.

  • Donor group for Palestine (AHLC) meets in New York

    19/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The members of the donor group for Palestine (AHLC) met today to address the critical situation of the Palestinian economy and discussed the way forward on how to resolve the conflict. The donors welcomed that progress had been made, despite the

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    15/09/2017 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has honourably discharged Ms. Elsbeth Tronstad from her office as state secretary to Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen.

  • Record number of election observers to Norway

    09/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    158 Norwegian and international election observers are going to follow the 2017 Norwegian parliamentary election, a record of observers for Norwegian elections. "Election monitors provide valuable input into how the conduct of the election can be

  • New ambassadors from Jordan, Latvia, Austria and the Delegation of the European Union

    07/09/2017 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 7 September 2017.

  • Nordic countries united against organized fisheries crime

    06/09/2017 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Eight fisheries ministers, from the Nordic countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland, have issued a joint statement against transnational organized crime in the global fishing industry. The

  • Record High Interest in Exploration on the Norwegian Continental Shelf - APA 2017

    06/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Not since the APA-scheme was established in 2003 has The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy received as many applications as it did in this year's APA-round (Awards in Predefined Areas).

  • New retrievement of seeds from Svalbard Global Seed Vault to replace Alleppo gene bank

    06/09/2017 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    At the same time when ICARDA brings back to the Seed Vault 7 511 samples from last years multiplication of seeds at their stations in Lebanon and Morocco, 52 451 seeds samples, initially sent to the Svalbard from their gene bank in Aleppo, Syria, is

  • Colombia: Ceasefire between the Government and the ELN guerrilla group

    05/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Colombian Government and the ELN have today agreed on a temporary bilateral ceasefire. ‘I would like to congratulate the Colombian Government and the ELN on this important ceasefire. It shows that both parties have a real desire to find joint

  • Financial Markets Report 2016 - 2017

    05/09/2017 News story Ministry of Finance

    Selected chapters of the Financial Markets Report 2016 - 2017 are now available in English.

  • Norway deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Rakhine - ‘The authorities have a particular responsibility to stop the violence’

    04/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We are deeply concerned about the escalation of violence and the deterioration in the humanitarian situation of the Rohingya, the Muslim minority in Rakhine state in Myanmar. All groups must show restraint. The authorities, under the leadership of

  • Strengthening cooperation with the Czech Republic in important areas

    04/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and the Czech Republic signed an MoU on the allocation of the funding under the EEA and Norway Grants for the period 2014-2021. Priorities include research and education, climate change and the environment, human rights, and culture.

  • Norway condemns North Korea's nuclear test

    03/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway strongly condemns the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Increased security measures for election procedures

    01/09/2017 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    - Our election administration system is well tested and secure. We wish, however, to avoid any speculation or uncertainty pertaining to the election results. Security and trust are vital for the conduct of elections. We are therefore augmenting

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