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  • Priority given to countries affected by conflict and fragility, humanitarian assistance, and human rights

    08/10/2018 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘International institutions and joint solutions are under pressure. At the same time, global security challenges are becoming more complex. In the 2019 budget, the Government has therefore proposed to increase the allocation to countries affected by

  • Increase of NOK 250 million to humanitarian crises

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government proposes to increase the humanitarian budget by about NOK 250 million in 2019.

  • Increased funding for Europe’s southern and eastern neighbourhood

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Parts of Europe’s southern and eastern neighbourhood are still severely affected by fragility and conflict . Much of the Sahel region, for example, remains unstable and provides a breeding ground for a variety of threats ranging from extremism to

  • Increased support for the Western Balkans

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We cannot take stability in the Western Balkans for granted. Developments this summer and early autumn have shown that there is still a need for international support and engagement in the region. The Government is therefore proposing an increase

  • National Budget 2019: New reporting requirements for tip income

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Finance

    An employee receiving tip income is liable to pay income tax on this payment. However, contrary to the general rules, the employer is not liable to report such income to the Tax Authorities. Tip income is therefore rarely taxed in practise. In the

  • Norway to increase funding for human rights

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Human rights are coming under increasing pressure in various parts of the world. This is why the Government has proposed an increase of NOK 88 million in its support for promoting human rights in next year’s budget, to a total of NOK 680 million,’

  • Increased funding for technical cooperation in development policy

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Knowledge Bank was established under Norad (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) on 1 March 2018 to coordinate and strengthen technical cooperation and knowledge-sharing in areas where Norway has particular experience and expertise.

  • A ‘women’s billion’ in support for women’s rights and gender equality

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government is proposing to allocate at least NOK 1 billion in support for women’s rights and gender equality as part of the 2019 aid budget. This is an increase of more than NOK 68 million. In addition to this ‘women’s billion’, Norway

  • Dramatic increase in funding for efforts to combat marine litter

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway is playing a leading role in the global efforts to promote clean and healthy oceans. The oceans are being filled with waste, and we must put a stop to this before it is too late. That is why we have launched a development programme to combat

  • More than a billion kroner for renewable energy

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The lack of access to energy is still a barrier for international development. The Government has therefore increased its grants towards renewable energy from NOK 570 million in 2018 to more than NOK 1 billion in 2019. In addition, we are stepping

  • Climate-resilient agriculture key to combating undernourishment

    08/10/2018 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people who are being hardest hit by climate change. Increasingly, a lack of food and failing harvests are causing instability and conflict. Climate change adaptation is essential for achieving the SDGs.

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    National Budget 2019: A budget to promote employment, welfare and security

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Finance

    "The Norwegian economy is doing well. Businesses are investing more and employment is rising throughout the country. We are using the good times to secure a sustainable welfare state and a safer Norway", says Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.

  • National Budget 2019: Tackling base erosion and profit shifting

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Norwegian Government proposes changes to the rules on interest limitation and corporate tax residency. The proposals will curb profit shifting and base erosion and level the playing field for national and multinational businesses.

  • National Budget 2019: Outline of economic developments and fiscal policy

    08/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance unveils selected key figures prior to the budget release, which takes place at 10:00, to ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information. A table with more detailed projections will be released together

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    Congratulations to Murad and Mukwege on winning Nobel Peace Prize

    05/10/2018 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I would like to congratulate Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege on winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018. They have been awarded the prize for their fight against sexual violence in armed conflicts,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Norway increases support for victims of earthquake in Indonesia

    04/10/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The situation is critical in the areas of Indonesia that were hit by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 28 September. The Government is now increasing Norway’s support for the rescue efforts by NOK 10 million (around USD 1.2 million), to NOK

  • National Pollinator Strategy

    04/10/2018 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Climate and Environment

    A strategy for viable populations of wild bees and other pollinating insects

  • Consultation of the report on energy stocks in the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

    28/09/2018 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance today sends on public consultation the report on energy stocks in the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.

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    An open, safe and green Government Building Complex

    28/09/2018 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    Norway's new Government Building Complex will be slightly smaller than previously estimated. It will be climate and environmentally friendly, and it will be developed in several stages. “We will build an open, safe and green Government Building

  • Gaza is on the brink of collapse

    27/09/2018 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Gaza is on the brink of economic, humanitarian and social collapse. Intense diplomacy over the summer has prevented the outbreak of war, but the situation is still critical and unstable. Over the last months, the donor group has given priority to

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