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  • APA 2020 – Continued High Interest for New Exploration Acreage

    25/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received a large number of applications from 33 oil companies in the licensing round Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020.

  • Global travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be extended. Changes in the travel advice for the Nordic countries and Europe

    24/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The global travel advice will be extended to apply until 15 January 2021. With regard to countries in the Schengen area/EEA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its advice against non-essential travel to all countries apart from those for

  • Norwegian medical team’s assignment in Greece extended

    24/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    A Norwegian emergency medical team (EMT) travelled to Greece on 14 September to provide assistance following the fire in the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos. Its assignment is now being extended by three weeks, until 26 October. Norway is also

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    24/09/2020 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 provides contribution for field hospital for treatment of Covid-19 patients in Yemen

    21/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘According to the UN, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is proving extremely difficult. There are reports of increased infection rates and there is probably a very large number of unregistered

  • The Government launches ‘Longship’ for carbon capture and storage in Norway

    21/09/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    In a Government White Paper to the Norwegian parliament submitted today, the Government proposes to launch a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Norway. The project has been named ‘Longship’, in Norwegian 'Langskip'.

  • Long-term and responsible management of the Government Pension Fund

    21/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The government today presents the annual white paper on the management of the Government Pension Fund. The paper reports on results in the management of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), and

  • Statement by Friends of the Covax Facility (FOF)

    21/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    A number of countries have now announced or will shortly announce their participation in the Covax Facility, including members of the Friends of the Covax Facility. Norway has already confirmed full participation in all stages of the Covax Facility.

  • Norway supports UN-project against fisheries crime

    18/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    It is estimated that as much as 31 % of the global seafood harvest is from illegal catch. Norway have now provided 3,4 million Norwegian kroner to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP to the project “Blue Resilience” to strenghten the

  • Norway supports UN-project against fisheries crime

    18/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    It is estimated that as much as 31 % of the global seafood harvest is from illegal catch. Norway have now provided 3,4 million Norwegian kroer to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP to the project “Blue Resilience” to strenghten the fight

  • Changes in the travel advice for Estonia and some of the regions in the Nordic countries

    17/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Estonia, as well as to the region of Etelä-Savo in Finland, and to North Jutland and the region of Zealand in Denmark. Consequently, the entire country of Denmark will

  • Joint statement by Nordic Foreign Ministers from Bornholm

    17/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Foreign Ministers of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark (N5) met today at the Danish island of Bornholm. Situated in the Baltic Sea, they discussed matters of international security and foreign policy.

  • Defence ministers of Norway, Sweden and Finland to meet in Norway

    17/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway's Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen, Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finland's Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen will meet in Lakselv, Norway, on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

  • Normalisation will increase space for dialogue and cooperation

    16/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The normalisation of Israel’s bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will increase the space for dialogue and cooperation between Israel and the Arab world. It is positive if this can contribute to increased political

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    Launching international fisheries crime project

    15/09/2020 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen and Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein launches a UN-led project on Wednesday 16 September to combat fishing crime.

  • Norway appaled by Iran's execution

    12/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We are appaled by Iran’s execution of Navid Afkari. Norway opposes the use of death penalty under all circumstances and as a matter of principle’, says Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a statement.

  • Joint statement from Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers

    11/09/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    After the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) Foreign Ministers’ annual meeting in Estonia 9 September they released the following joint statement.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    11/09/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Political adviser, Ms. Marte Ziolkowski, has been appointed as acting state secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, in the period that state secretary, Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, settles parental leave from 1 October 2020 to

  • Changes among the political advisers

    11/09/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Student, Mr. Vetle Langedahl, has been appointed as political adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, in the period political adviser Marte Ziolowski is appointed as state secretary, from 21 September 2020 to 20 January 2021.

  • Temporary changes to the mortgage regulation will not be extended

    11/09/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Based on advice from the Financial Supervisory Authority, the Ministry of Finance has decided not to extend the temporary changes in the mortgage regulation beyond 30 September 2020.