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  • Norway concerned about new legislation in Ukraine

    2014-01-17 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am deeply worried by the fact that the Ukrainian parliament yesterday adopted a number of controversial laws without following normal parliamentary procedures or democratic principles,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Deeply concerned about imprisonment of homosexuals

    2014-01-17 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister Børge Brende is deeply concerned about the arrests of homosexuals in Nigeria and the new law signed by President Goodluck Jonathan that prohibits same-sex marriage and imposes heavy penalties for such marriages, for homosexuality,

  • Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution kicks off with Treaty of Kiel celebration

    2014-01-15 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution got off to the best possible start in Kiel on 14 January with a magnificent celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Kiel. The celebration was the result of a two-year

  • Norway pledges NOK 460 million for Syria

    2014-01-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway is providing NOK 460 million in response to the UN appeal for emergency relief for Syria. The money will be used to help victims of the conflict in both Syria and its neighbouring countries. Funding has also been set aside for projects to

  • Air services negotiations with Pakistan

    2014-01-14 News story Ministry of Transport and Communications

    Norway, together with Denmark and Sweden, will hold air services negotiations with Pakistan 30-31 January 2014.

  • Clear priorities in Higher Education and Research

    2014-01-14 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government presents seven measures for higher education and research over the next four years. The goal is higher quality, says Minister for Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

  • New OECD report calls for more targeted Norwegian development policy

    2014-01-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) sees Norway as an important donor that takes a long-term approach and provides a high level of aid. But the new OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review shows that Norwegian aid

  • Norway's Prime Minister expresses condolences on death of Ariel Sharon

    2014-01-11 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    “I would like to express my deepest sympathy with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Israeli people on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,” said Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Norway increases its support for elections in Afghanistan

    2014-01-09 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 5 April, Afghanistan will elect a new president. Norway is providing NOK 102 million in funding for the planning and implementation of the presidential election and next year’s parliamentary elections. The funding is being channelled through the

  • Norway increases aid to Philippines by NOK 50 million

    2014-01-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The Philippines is now in the middle of a critical process of reconstruction. Unfortunately only around 40 % of the amount sought by the UN appeal to support early recovery has been provided. It is crucial that the international community continues

  • Norway assumes NORDEFCO chairmanship

    2014-01-08 Press release Ministry of Defence

    As of 1st January 2014, Norway is the chair nation of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO).

  • First load of chemical weapons has left Syria

    2014-01-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    OPCW and the UN confirm that the first load of components for chemical weapons has left the port of Latakia. The process of transporting Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country for destruction has begun.

  • First load of chemical weapons has left Syria

    2014-01-07 Press release Ministry of Defence

    OPCW and the UN confirm that the first load of components for chemical weapons has left the port of Latakia today. The process of transporting Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country for destruction has begun.

  • Norway critical of election process in Bangladesh

    2014-01-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am concerned about developments in Bangladesh. Many people were killed during the unrest in connection with the election, and the way the election was carried out was in itself unacceptable,” said State Secretary Morten Høglund.

  • Norway provides humanitarian aid to Greece

    2014-01-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will provide more than NOK 40 million through the EEA and Norway Grants for immediate action to help the poor and homeless in Greece. The money will be used in part for food banks and health services.

  • Norwegian Grants help children with learning disabilities in Hungary

    2014-01-06 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Dogs are introduced to help disadvantaged children in Hungary. “Without the support from the EEA and Norway Grants we could never have helped so many children.”

  • Direct negotiations between the parties in South Sudan

    2014-01-05 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am pleased to see that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has succeeded in bringing the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to the negotiating table. The world’s youngest nation is threatened by civil war, and the parties

  • New, bigger and modern

    2014-01-01 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    On 1 January, Norway opened a new, bigger ministry devoted to modernising and developing the public sector.

  • Release of political prisoners in Myanmar a positive step

    2013-12-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It now looks as if all the remaining political prisoners in Myanmar will be released. This is a positive development and essential for the democratisation process. The issue has been part of the agenda in the long-standing dialogue between Norway

  • Change of Name: The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    2013-12-30 News story Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The Ministry of Labour changes name to The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 01.01.2014.