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  • Requirement of negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway

    07/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government has today announced the introduction of the requirement of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Norway. Foreign nations who cannot present documentation of such a test can be refused entry.

  • The Corona situation: Requirement to stay at quarantine hotel

    07/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government is introducing a requirement that people in entry quarantine must stay at a quarantine hotel during the 10-day quarantine period. This requirement will not apply to people who reside in Norway or own a home or holiday home in Norway.

  • New ambassadors from Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Greece

    06/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to  King Harald V on 5. November 2020.

  • Changes in the travel advice for areas in Finland

    05/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the following hospital districts in Finland: the Itä-Savo Hospital District, Lappi Hospital District and Länsi-Pohja Hospital District.

  • Stay at home, have as little social contact as possible

    05/11/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Norway stands at the beginning of the second wave of infection. The virus is spreading rapidly and all counties now have outbreaks of infection. The Government is therefore introducing new national infection control measures.

  • Notification of changes in banks’ capital requirements from year-end 2020

    05/11/2020 News story Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has notified relevant EU/EEA authorities of changes in the systemic risk buffer requirement, temporary risk weight floors for real estate exposures, and the identification of domestic systemically important banks. The

  • Condolences to Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs

    04/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide has extended her condolences to Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg following the attack in Vienna 2 November.

  • Foreign Minister takes part in Council of Europe Ministerial Meeting

    04/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide speaks at the Council of Europe Ministerial Meeting on 4 November. Originally scheduled to be held in May, the session is held by videoconference this year.

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs'  Statement following the Presidential Elections in Tanzania

    03/11/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide's statement following the presidential elections in Tanzania.

  • Norway provides support for civilian population in Nagorno-Karabakh

    02/11/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing humanitarian support to civilians affected by the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. ‘We are very concerned about reports of fighting and attacks in densely populated areas, which are affecting civilians and putting humanitarian aid

  • A Task for Eternity

    02/11/2020 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Deep inside a mountain on an island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, more than one million seeds of crops from around the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The storage facility thus

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    30/10/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, The Crown Prince Regent has made changes in the list of state secretaries.

  • Successful seed deposit despite the pandemic

    30/10/2020 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    In the midst of the ongoing global pandemic, gene banks are sending backup copies of their seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. This week, around 15,000 new bags of seeds from eight gene banks were safely placed on the shelves in the seed vault.

  • Changes in the travel advice for areas in Finland

    29/10/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the following areas in Finland: the Kymenlaakso Hospital District, North Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Pohjois-Savo Hospital District and Åland.

  • Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide on the terrorist attack in Nice

    29/10/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, the Prime Minister and I both conveyed Norway’s condolences to the people of France after the horrific attacks this morning.

  • New national restrictions

    26/10/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    The Government is introducing new targeted measures for a time-limited period in order to safeguard life and health and to prevent Norway from ending up in the same situation as many other European countries.

  • More family members may come to Norway

    23/10/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government has decided to allow more family members from outside the EU/EEA to visit relatives in Norway. Grandparents are among those who will now be able to visit. The rules on entry quarantine remain unchanged.

  • Change in the travel advice for the region of Kalmar in Sweden

    23/10/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the region of Kalmar in Sweden.

  • Agreement reached with the UK on temporary arrangement for trade in goods from January

    21/10/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and the UK have agreed to enter into a temporary agreement on trade in goods that will come into effect on 1 January. The agreement will remain in place until a free trade agreement enters into force a few months later.

  • Norway to provide NOK 390 million to support crisis-affected people in the Sahel

    20/10/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A deterioration in the security situation, climate change and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are causing immense suffering and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region. Norway is announcing a contribution of NOK 390