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  • Five years since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea

    15/03/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Five years have passed since Russia illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol on 18 March 2014. This act was a serious violation of international law and a challenge to the established international order. Norway therefore reiterates its condemnation

  • Norway to provide NOK 100 million to people with disabilities in developing countries

    14/03/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture

    - There are 800 million people with disabilities in developing countries. I am delighted that we can now give a real boost to this vulnerable group, said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein, when he announced Norway’s allocation

  • Norway fulfils pledge to provide NOK 10 billion to Syria crisis

    13/03/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Four years ago, Norway pledged NOK 10 billion to the aid effort in Syria. We have delivered on that promise. The funds from Norway have provided millions of people with access to education, food, health care, water and sanitation, and other

  • Increased Support for the Qualifications Passport for Refugees

    12/03/2019 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    Many refugees lose their papers and diplomas while fleeing, but without such documentation it may be difficult to get a job or enroll in a higher education institution in the host country. "The qualifications passport gives refugees the opportunity

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    Excludes exploration and production companies from the Government Pension Fund Global

    08/03/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Government is proposing to exclude companies classified as exploration and production companies within the energy sector from the Government Pension Fund Global to reduce the aggregate oil price risk in the Norwegian economy.

  • New ambassadors from Ghana, Zambia and Mali

    07/03/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 7 March 2019.

  • New funding period for EEA and Norway Grants: Strengthening cooperation with Cyprus

    05/03/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Cyprus are signing MoUs on funding totalling EUR 11.5 million for the new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants. In the new period, support will continue to be provided to projects that promote dialogue between the north and

  • Norway to provide NOK 60 million for mine action in Sri Lanka

    05/03/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is providing NOK 60 million over a period of three years for mine action in Sri Lanka.

  • Norway calls on Pakistan and India to show restraint

    01/03/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned by the dangerous deterioration in relations between India and Pakistan following the terrorist attack on 14 February. Norway urges the parties to show restraint to prevent an escalation of the situation, and to resume

  • FAF 2019-2026: Future acquisitions for the Norwegian Defence Sector 2019-2026

    28/02/2019 Press release Ministry of Defence

    This document gives an overview of future acquisitions for the Norwegian Defence Sector in the period 2019 - 2026.

  • Proposes all foetal reductions to abortion boards

    27/02/2019 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The government is following recommendations from medical professionals in proposing that all foetal reductions should be reviewed by an abortion board.

  • The humanitarian situation in Venezuela

    26/02/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn the use of force by regular and irregular security forces in Venezuela against people who are trying to bring aid into the country. All use of violence and threats against peaceful demonstrators must cease immediately,’ said Minister of

  • Norway to provide NOK 150 million in humanitarian support to Yemen

    26/02/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The crisis in Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. According to the UN, 80 % of the population will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019. Norway and other donor countries must provide support to ensure that the people of

  • Norwegian Foreign Minister visited Budapest

    22/02/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide met her Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó for political talks in Budapest today.

  • Change among the political advisers

    22/02/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Mr. Kristian Paulsen Wilsgård as political adviser to Minister of Public Security, Ms. Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, as of 26 February.

  • Troika statement on South Sudan 20 February

    20/02/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) are alarmed about the escalating conflict around Yei, which represents a flagrant breach of the December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the September 2018

  • Changes among the political advisers

    19/02/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Ms. Kristine Lie resigns as political adviser to the Minister of Public Security, Ms. Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, as of 19 February.

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    The Basis for Wage Settlements in 2019 Preliminary Report

    18/02/2019 Press release Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    Press release from the Norwegian Technical Calculation Committee for Wage Settlements: Preliminary Report 2019.

  • Indonesia reports reduced deforestation, triggering first carbon payment from Norway

    16/02/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Indonesia confirms that carbon emissions from deforestation declined in 2017. When the emission figures are independently verified, Norway will guarantee payments to Indonesia for approximately 4.8 millions tons of CO2. This will be the first

  • Norway to disburse NOK 125 million to UNRWA

    16/02/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is in a critical financial situation and is facing a severe funding gap. That is why we like last year are disbursing the whole of our core contribution of NOK 125 million to UNRWA at

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