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  • New ambassadors from Japan, Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yemen

    2017-11-30 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 30 November 2017.

  • One year since the Colombian peace agreement was signed

    2017-11-28 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Colombia has made important progress since the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the guerrilla movement Farc was signed, a year ago today. But there are still major challenges to be overcome. Norway and Cuba are guarantor

  • Significant increase in aid to Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and refugees in neighbouring areas

    2017-11-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    According to new figures, refugee-related costs in Norway for 2017 are NOK 1,36 billion lower than projected. The Government has proposed that most of the unused funds should go to parts of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa that are severely

  • International community joins Norway in supporting human rights defenders

    2017-11-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    UN Member States unanimously endorsed the free and independent role of human rights defenders at the UN today. ‘The international community has sent a strong signal. Human rights defenders have a key role to play in strengthening respect for human

  • Norwegian resolution on internally displaced persons adopted in the UN

    2017-11-20 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    More than 40 million people are displaced in their own countries. Norway has put forward a resolution on internally displaced persons, which was adopted in the UN today. 'This resolution is important. It confirms the rights of internally displaced

  • Regarding incident at NATO exercise in Norway

    2017-11-17 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Minister of Defence, Frank Bakke-Jensen says: During a NATO exercise at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger an exercise message was published on the internal exercise network. The message was written by a Norwegian national who was hired to work

  • Norway participates in EU Social Summit

    2017-11-17 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Today Prime Minister Erna Solberg is taking part in the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg. The participants will discuss how the EU member states can jointly develop and strengthen the social dimension of the EU, and help

  • Advice from Norges Bank on the benchmark index for the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG)

    2017-11-16 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today received a recommendation from Norges Bank to remove the oil and gas sector from the equity benchmark index for the GPFG. Decisions on the composition of the benchmark index are made by the Ministry of Finance.

  • Calling on Europe to collaborate against work-related crime

    2017-11-14 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘There is a need for a more coordinated effort to combat work-related crime at the European level. Norway is inviting the European Union and its Member States to collaborate more closely to stop the criminals,’ says Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • New Research strategy for the Foreign Service and Norad

    2017-11-13 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norwegian foreign, security and development policy must be knowledge-based, and ongoing capability to adjust policy in response to significant global change is vital. Norway's values are permanent, but political choices and actions must match the

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    The F-35 aircraft marks the start of a new era for the Norwegian Armed Forces

    2017-11-10 Press release Ministry of Defence, Office of the Prime Minister

    The F-35 remains crucial to the continued modernization of our Armed Forces and our ability to preserve Norwegian and allied security and interests. The Government marked the procurement with a ceremony at Ørland Air Base November 10th. - Today, we

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-11-10 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has of 17 November 2017 honourably discharged Mr. Øystein Bø as state secretary to Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen.

  • Norway increases humanitarian aid to Ethiopia

    2017-11-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The humanitarian situation in parts of Ethiopia is dire as a result of long-term drought. Norway is now providing a further NOK 10 million in aid to people in need, and will consider providing additional support on an ongoing basis,' said Minister

  • Full victory to Norway over snus producer Swedish Match

    2017-11-06 Press release Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Oslo County Court today delivered a verdict stating that the requirement for standardised packaging of snus is a legitimate measure in line with the EEA Agreement.

  • Nordic Defence ministers meet in Finland

    2017-11-06 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The meeting of the Nordic defence ministers will be held in Helsinki on 6 to 7 November. Finland holds the chairmanship of Nordefco in 2017.

  • – Receiving the first F-35 Lightning II is a major milestone for Norway

    2017-11-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    On November 3rd, three Norwegian F-35 aircraft flew from Fort Worth, Texas and landed at Ørland Air Base, Norway.

  • Offering to the UN a two year long rotational concept on military transport aircraft to the UN’s peacekeeping operation in Mali

    2017-11-03 Press release Ministry of Defence

    - We are very pleased to announce that Denmark, Belgium, Norway and Portugal today signed a new Letter of Intent prolonging the air transport services to the UN mission in Mali from November 2018 till November 2020, says Norway`s Minister of Defence

  • Norway strengthening cooperation with Greece

    2017-10-31 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Greece signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on funding totalling EUR 116.7 million under the EEA and Norway Grants. Job creation and business development will be a new and important priority area. The agreement also builds on

  • Information to the press regarding first F35's to Norway

    2017-10-29 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The time has come for Norway to receive our first F-35 Lightning II to norway. On the day of the Royal Norwegian Air Force's 73rd anniversary, on November 10th 2017, the F-35 aircraft arrival will be celebrated. The ceremony takes place at Ørland

  • Regulations relating to American lobster imports

    2017-10-27 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Ministry of Climate and Environment has sent out a consultation document with proposals for amendments to the Regulation relating to alien organisms. The proposed amendments entail that the current prohibition against imports of live American