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  • Norway extends its force contribution to the International Coalition against ISIL

    2017-03-28 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Government extends the mandate for the Norwegian military force based in Jordan. The task remains unchanged: To train, advice and support to local Syrian groups in their fight against ISIL.

  • Norway increases famine response to NOK 673 million

    2017-03-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    More than 20 million people in four countries are on the brink of famine. 'We are facing the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of the UN. Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk of starving to death. Norway is therefore increasing its

  • First ever white paper on the place of the oceans in Norwegian foreign and development policy

    2017-03-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Office of the Prime Minister

    'The Government is stepping up its efforts to promote Norway's ocean interests. We intend to make sustainable use of the oceans a global priority,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. This is the first time a Norwegian government has

  • State Secretary presented Norwegian CCS policy in the European Parliament

    2017-03-24 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    State Secretary Ingvil Smines Tybring‐Gjedde presented Norwegian CCS policy at a seminar in the European Parliament on Thursday.

  • Happy anniversary, Nordic countries!

    2017-03-23 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Helsinki Treaty - the foundation of Nordic cooperation - was signed 55 years ago today. This anniversary is being celebrated with events and flags flying throughout the region. ‘Strategic Nordic cooperation is absolutely essential,’ said Frank

  • Norway launches innovative learning games for children affected by war and crisis

    2017-03-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister

    Norway has today launched a new development tool that makes it possible for children to learn to read in areas where schools have been bombed and teachers and families have been forced to flee. With the help of some of the world’s tech giants,

  • Three years since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea

    2017-03-16 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 18 March, it will be three years since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. The international reactions to the annexation have been strong, and Norway stands together with its allies and partners in response to Russia's actions.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    2017-03-16 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 Q1/17 from Norges Bank.

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    Invitation to Nordic-Baltic ministerial conference on digitalisation

    2017-03-14 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner and Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen are seeking closer Nordic-Baltic co-operation on digitalisation. On 24 and

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    The right to decide about one’s own life

    2017-03-09 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Office of the Prime Minister

    The Norwegian Government is strengthening the efforts to prevent and combat negative social control, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. An Action Plan consisting five priority areas and 28 measures was launched by Prime Minister Erna

  • Norway to co-host international conference for Syria on 5 April

    2017-03-09 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is to co-host an international conference on the future of Syria and the region on 5 April in Brussels. ‘In order to be able to address the humanitarian needs and support efforts to find political solutions to the Syria crisis, it is

  • Statement on Kosovo Security Force

    2017-03-09 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I urge Kosovo authorities to refrain from transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an armed force without a constitutional change and an inclusive political process,' said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Norway adjusts its contribution to the Counter ISIL Coalition in Iraq

    2017-03-07 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway is currently providing approximately 60 military personnel to the Counter ISIL (C-ISIL) Coalition Training Centre in Erbil in North Iraq. The Norwegian government decided 6 March 2017, based on the C-ISIL Coalition´s needs, to move the

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    Media Pluralism Commission delivers its report, Norwegian media pluralism - A stronger media policy for the public

    2017-03-07 Press release Ministry of Culture

    Today, Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland was presented the Official Norwegian Report (NOU) 2017:7, Norwegian media pluralism - A stronger media policy for the public, by Knut Olav Åmås, chair of the Media Pluralism Commission.

  • Nordic 5G Action Plan

    2017-02-28 Press release Ministry of Transport and Communications

    The Finnish Minister Mrs. Anne Berner, the Swedish Minister Mr. Peter Eriksson and the Norwegian State Secretary Mr. Reynir Jóhannesson have discussed the possibility of joining forces to facilitate the development of 5G, by establishing a

  • New seeds from Syria to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    2017-02-27 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    For the first time, seeds that had been retrieved from secure storage have been returned to the seed vault in Svalbard. Forced to retrieve seed deposits from Svalbard in the fall of 2015, the international research centre ICARDA, previously

  • Norway urges Israel to cancel demolition order

    2017-02-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Israeli authorities have issued an order for the demolition of several buildings and other infrastructure in the Bedouin village Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank.

  • Chair's Outcome Statement

    2017-02-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The conference brought together 24 countries, 20 international and regional organisations, and representatives of local and international civil society and in total, pledges for financial support surpassed USD 672 million. Read the chair's outcome

  • Oslo Humanitarian Conference for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region raises $672 million to help people in need

    2017-02-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    At the conference, 14 donors pledged $458 million for relief in 2017 and an additional $214 million was announced for 2018 and beyond.

  • Change among the political advisers

    2017-02-24 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has as of 1 March 2017 appointed Mr. Arne-Petter Lorentzen as political adviser to Minister of Justice and Public Security Per-Willy Amundsen.