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  • EEA and Norway Grants: Additional allocation of NOK 64 million for Polish civil society

    09/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is increasing support to NGOs in Poland. The aim is to promote democratic values and gender equality, and safeguard the rights of vulnerable groups.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    09/07/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed research assistant Tiril Eid Barland as political adviser to Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn from 22 July 2021 to 14 September 2021. Ms. Eid Barland will replace Mr. Even Aronsen

  • Troika Statement on South Sudan’s Independence Anniversary

    08/07/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) congratulates the people of South Sudan on 10 years of independence.

  • Signed contract for new submarines

    08/07/2021 News story Ministry of Defence

    The cooperation between Germany and Norway enters into a new phase, after contracts for the new, common submarines, missiles and industrial cooperation have been signed.

  • Government to establish new climate fund

    07/07/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government has decided to allocate NOK 10 billion over a period of five years for a new fund that will invest in renewable energy in developing countries with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Foreign students will be allowed to enter Norway from 1 August

    07/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government has decided that foreign students will be exempt from the restrictions on entry from 1 August. This means that foreign students who have been admitted to a study programme at a Norwegian school or higher education institution, will be

  • Plans to offer a vaccine to 16 and 17-year-olds

    06/07/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Government is planning to offer a vaccine against COVID-19 to 16 and 17-year-olds after the over-18s have been fully vaccinated. The final decision will be made in September.

  • Normal everyday life, with increased preparedness

    05/07/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Norwegian Government has revised its long-term strategy and emergency preparedness plan for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has called the phase after Step 4 ‘Normal everyday life, with increased preparedness’.

  • Step 4 is being delayed – adjustments to Step 3 of the reopening plan

    05/07/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Following a recommendation from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Norwegian Government has decided to delay Step 4 of the reopening plan. The transition to Step 4 will be possible at the end of

  • Major changes to country assessments – more countries are being categorised as green

    05/07/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    From 5 July, Norwegian entry restrictions and quarantine rules will be based on the same threshold values as those applied in the EU. The Norwegian Government has made several changes on the basis of the weekly country assessments by the Norwegian

  • 10th anniversary of the 22 July 2011 attacks: Media accreditation

    05/07/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    On Thursday 22 July 2021, Norway will mark that ten years have passed since the terrorist attacks that killed 77 people at the Government Office Complex in Oslo and on the island of Utøya. National memorial events will be held in Oslo and in the

  • Global travel advice rescinded for the Schengen area/EEA and certain countries outside the EU from 5 July

    05/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    As of Monday 5 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is rescinding its travel advice for the Schengen area/EEA and the United Kingdom. At the same time the advice against non-essential travel is being withdrawn for certain countries and regions on

  • Seed security at the UN Food Systems Summit

    05/07/2021 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    In September 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit and a Pre-Summit is planned for the last week in July. In this connection, Norway has proposed the game-changing idea Putting farmers’ and indigenous peoples´ access to

  • Plans to ease entry restrictions

    05/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Many EEA citizens can enter Norway now. The Norwegian Government plans to allow even more groups of people to enter the country from the end of July. This includes workers from the EEA and their family members.

  • Travelling abroad this summer?

    05/07/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Many people living in Norway are planning to travel abroad this summer, but there are still many restrictions and rules in place, and the situation for travellers can be unpredictable. Here you will find the answers to some of the questions you

  • Entry restrictions for families and romantic partners eased

    02/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    From 5 July, entry into Norway will be allowed for more foreign nationals who reside in certain countries on the EU’s third country list following an assessment of these countries by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

  • The government presents its marine report, “Blue Oceans, Green Future”

    01/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Office of the Prime Minister

    The government presented its marine report, “Blue Oceans, Green Future” on World Oceans Day. The report highlights the significant role the ocean plays for Norway and for the world, as well as the many challenges and opportunities the ocean economy

  • All EU/EEA countries accept the COVID-19 certificate for travel

    01/07/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Once the Regulation governing the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) enters into effect today, 1 July, all EU/EEA countries will be under an obligation to accept the COVID-19 certificate as proof of recovery from COVID-19, vaccination, or a

  • Strengthening efforts to combat modern slavery

    01/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, over 40 million people worldwide are being subjected to some form of modern slavery, such as forced labour or forced marriage. The Government is now launching a new strategy to combat modern slavery. ‘Modern slavery in all its forms deprives

  • Norway takes over presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States

    01/07/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Starting on 1 July, Norway will lead the cooperation in the Council of the Baltic Sea States. During its presidency, Norway will give priority to cooperation on the green transition in industry and transport, civil protection, increasing the