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  • Changes to the rules for temporary layoffs and unemployment benefits

    21/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The number of people being laid off temporarily has shot up since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Both people who are laid off or lose their jobs and employers will receive more compensation under new rules.

  • Economic measures in Norway in response to COVID-19

    20/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Office of the Prime Minister

    The outbreak of Covid-19 is serious for life and health. To counter the outbreak, strong measures have been taken in Norway as well as in other parts of the world. The event will have a major impact on the economy and significantly weigh on economic

  • Guarantee and loan programmes improving liquidity for Norwegian companies

    20/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    The government has proposed to establish a loan programme where lenders receive a guarantee on 90 percent of the value of new loans issued to small and medium-sized enterprises hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The government has also proposed to

  • EU kan eksportere smittevernutstyr til Norge

    19/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    ‘The European Commission has today decided that restrictions introduced under a week ago upon exports of personal protective equipment will not apply to Norway and the other EFTA countries. This is good news, and it means that Norway will be treated

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    Norway's PM Holds Coronavirus Press Conference For Kids

    19/03/2020 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Children and Families, Ministry of Education and Research

    Many children have questions about the Coronavirus. To provide answers, the Norwegian government, is holding a press conference for them.

  • Troika statement on South Sudan March 2020

    19/03/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The members of the troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) have made a new statement on the South Sudan peace process.

  • Norway mobilises international support for vaccine development effort

    18/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Several countries are now supporting Norway’s appeal for funding for the development of a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus. Germany, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are among the countries that are now pledging millions.

  • Large compensation scheme for culture, voluntary sector and sport

    18/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Culture

    ‘It is a very demanding time for the culture, voluntary and sport sectors, with businesses, organisations, clubs, associations and individuals seeing their income completely or partially disappear almost overnight. The Government will do what we can

  • Foreign nationals with no symptoms of coronavirus infection may leave Norway

    17/03/2020 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign nationals who have come to Norway from abroad and are therefore quarantined, but have not developed infection symptoms, may now leave Norway. If they choose to stay in Norway, they must remain in quarantine for the full period. Foreign

  • Government cooperating with airlines to assist Norwegians in travelling home

    17/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport

    ‘We are in a serious and unpredictable situation. It is becoming harder for many Norwegian citizens to return home because more and more countries are closing their borders and airspace and introducing states of emergency. The Government wants very

  • Joint statement by the Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers

    17/03/2020 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 16 March, the Nordic and Baltic countries' Foreign Ministers and Norway's State Secretary decided to help their citizens in their return home.

  • Voluntary sector retains state support

    17/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Culture

    ‘I am pleased, as the Minister of Culture and Equality, to assure voluntary organisations on behalf of the Government that they will keep state grants which they have already received or for which an administrative decision has been taken that they

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    NOK 100 billion worth of guarantees and loans in crisis support for businesses

    16/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Office of the Prime Minister

    The government has proposed two new loan measures, providing support of a total of NOK 100 billion. The package will improve Norwegian businesses’ access to the necessary liquidity in the challenging situation they are now facing.

  • Office of the Prime Minister and the corona outbreak

    16/03/2020 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Due to the ongoing outbreak of the corona virus, the Office of the Prime Minister is experiencing significantly increased workload.

  • The Government is establishing clear quarantine and isolation rules

    16/03/2020 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    In an extraordinary meeting of the Council of State on 15 March 2020, the Government adopted new regulations on quarantine and isolation. The regulations enter into force immediately and will remain in force until 1 April, but an extension is

  • All goods traffic to proceed as normal

    15/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport

    All transport of goods, both import and export, which does not involve the carriage of passengers is to carry on as normal by road, trains, ships and aircraft. Airports, ports and border crossings are being kept open for such traffic.

  • Stricter border controls being introduced – Norwegian airports not closing

    15/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government will close the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. Temporary entry and exit

  • The following people in vital roles for ensuring security of food and fuel supply are to be offered day care and primary schooling for their children

    14/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The following people in vital roles for ensuring security of food and fuel supply are to be offered day care and primary schooling for their children

  • New regulations on quarantine etc. after travelling outside the Nordic region

    14/03/2020 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Regulations on quarantine etc. after travelling outside the Nordic region were approved in the Council of State on 13 March 2020. In addition, the King’s special authority pursuant to section 7-12 of the Act relating to control of communicable

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries

    14/03/2020 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. The reason is the increasing spread of coronavirus internationally and the unpredictable and difficult situation faced by many travellers. For

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