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  • Reopening: Gradual introduction of a safe travel framework

    18/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    With effect from 5 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will rescind its official travel advice for the EEA/Schengen area and the United Kingdom as well as countries on the EU’s third-country ‘safe list’ that the Norwegian Institute of Public

  • Countercyclical buffer increases

    17/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has decided that the countercyclical capital buffer requirement for banks shall be increased to 1.5 percent from 30 June 2022, in line with the quarterly advice from Norges Bank.

  • Norway concerned about decision in the Hungarian parliament

    16/06/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is deeply concerned about decision in the Hungarian parliament targeting rights of LGBTIQ persons in the bill against pedophilia and for protecting children', Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said.

  • Entry of international COVID-19 vaccination into the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK

    16/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Entry of COVID-19 vaccination abroad in the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK is now being permitted. This is conditional on the vaccine having been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In addition, the vaccinated person must have a

  • Increasing support to combat hunger crisis in Tigray

    15/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about the many civilians who are affected by the steadily worsening hunger crisis in Tigray. Norway will increase its humanitarian aid to Tigray by NOK 20 million, bringing the total up to roughly NOK 130 million,’ said

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    Launch of Norway’s new Freedom of Expression strategy

    15/06/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide will present a new strategy for the promotion of freedom of expression Tuesday 29th of June at 2 PM (CET).

  • Fewer Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses than expected

    15/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Fewer vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech will be delivered in July, August, and September than expected. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is recommending an adjustment to the interval between vaccine doses and possible combinations of mRNA

  • Use of the COVID-19 certificate in Norway

    15/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The COVID-19 certificate is being introduced for domestic use in step 3 of the Norwegian Government's reopening plan. It will be possible to use the COVID-19 certificate to attend large events and take cruises along the Norwegian coast. At large

  • President Emmanuel Macron to join the Ocean Panel

    14/06/2021 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    On Monday June 14 Prime Minister Solberg, in her capacity as co-chair of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel), invited President Macron to join the Panel. President Macron responded positively to the invitation.

  • Norway aims to temporarily extend Kabul field hospital

    14/06/2021 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg indicated at the NATO Summit in Brussels that Norway is willing to support the continued operation of the field hospital in Kabul until the end of 2021, after NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. This will be important to

  • Norwegian exports of defence-related products in 2020

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On June 11, the Government presented the annual white paper on exports of defence-related products. In 2020, Norwegian companies exported arms and military equipment worth around NOK 6.2 billion, as compared with NOK 4.5 billion in 2019.

  • Start-up of negotiations on a new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The EEA and Norway Grants scheme is not just an important contribution to economic and social development in the 15 beneficiary states. It also provides us with good opportunities to develop our bilateral cooperation with these countries,’ said

  • Legislative amendments concerning COVID-19 certificates passed

    11/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The amendments to the Norwegian Control of Communicable Diseases Act that allow use of the COVID-19 certificate in Norway have been passed, and will enter into effect today.

  • The IMF's Article IV consultation for 2021 has been completed

    11/06/2021 News story Ministry of Finance

    On 26 April, the IMF's delegation to Norway submitted its assessment of the Norwegian economy and Norwegian economic policy to the government. The full report has now been finalized by the IMF Board.

  • Arrival in Norway and exemption from quarantine: rules for travellers arriving in Norway

    11/06/2021 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    People who are fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months are now exempt from travel quarantine. This is conditional on presentation of a Norwegian COVID-19 certificate. In principle, anyone else who arrives

  • The EEA and Norway Grants deliver results

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The annual status report for the EEA and Norway Grants for 2020 is now available. It shows that 1 600 projects are currently under way. Norwegian actors participate as partners in over 40 % of the projects.

  • Putting Energy to Work: Hydrogen roadmap: hubs and research

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    As part of the White Paper Putting Energy to Work -Long-Term Value Creation from Norwegian Energy Resources, the government today published a road map for hydrogen. In the short-term, the ambition is to establish hubs for hydrogen in the area of

  • Putting Energy to work: Award of acreage and opening of new areas for offshore wind in Norway

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has today put out several proposals for public consultation regarding development of offshore wind in Norway. The consultation is being held in conjunction with the Report to the Storting (White Paper) ‘Putting

  • Energy to Work: Government publishes White Paper on long term value creation from Norway’s energy resources

    11/06/2021 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the government published its Report to the Storting (White Paper) Putting Energy to Work, exploring the long-term value creation from Norwegian energy resources. The White Paper sets out how Norway can use its energy resources to create

  • New ambassadors from Brazil and Chile

    10/06/2021 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Two new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to HM the King on 10 June 2021.