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  • 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.

  • Partnership agreement between Norway and Afghanistan extended

    2017-09-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway and Afghanistan have extended their strategic partnership agreement. Norway will continue to be a long-term partner for Afghanistan and to provide considerable humanitarian and development aid as well as military support,' said Minister of

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    2017-09-21 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

    2017-09-20 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

    2017-09-20 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

  • Global challenges can only be solved by working together

    2017-09-20 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

    2017-09-19 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

    2017-09-19 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

    2017-09-19 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

    2017-09-19 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

    2017-09-15 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

    2017-09-09 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

    2017-09-07 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.