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  • Report with recommendations for gaming market regulation submitted to Minister of Culture Widvey

    08/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Culture

    On 9 December 2014, Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey was presented with a report entitled ”Grenselause pengespel - krev ny teknologi ny regulering?” (“Borderless gaming - does new technology require new regulations?”). In this report, an expert

  • Norway increases food assistance to Syria by USD 10 million

    07/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The UN World Food Programme has suspended food aid to 1.7 million refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, due to lack of funding. ‘There is an urgent need for food assistance. Support from the World Food Programme is the only source of food for

  • Norway to carry out fast-track trials of Ebola vaccine

    05/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is leading the work to develop the world’s first vaccine against the Ebola virus in Guinea, where the epidemic first broke out. The Ebola epidemic is continuing to spread in West Africa. So far, over 15 000 people have been infected with the

  • Norway pledges NOK 1.6 billion to the Green Climate Fund

    05/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. With this announcement, the total amount pledged to the Fund has now reached the equivalent of USD 9.95 billion. Thanks to this increase in Norway

  • The government’s declaration on voluntary work

    05/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Culture

    On 5 December, UN International Volunteer Day, the government published its declaration on voluntary work, which establishes a framework for dialogue and interaction between the voluntary sector and the government.

  • Criminals to be denied entry

    05/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    - The Government proposes to deny entry to Norway to people who have committed serious criminal offenses abroad. This means that multiple offenses may form the basis for rejection, even when they lie far back in time, says the Minister of Justice

  • Report from the expert group on investments in coal and petroleum companies

    03/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    An expert group appointed by the Ministry of Finance today presents its report on the Government Pension Fund Global. The expert group has evaluated whether the exclusion of coal and petroleum companies is a more effective strategy for addressing

  • Future submarine capability

    03/12/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    A project led by the Ministry of Defence has since 2007 studied Norway’s future submarine capability. Several options have been looked at in the process. The Government has now decided that the project will enter a definition phase and evaluate an

  • Report on Corporate Taxation submitted to the Minister of Finance

    02/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Tax Commission today submitted its Report, NOU 2014: 13 Capital Taxation in an International Economy, to the Minister of Finance. The Commission has reviewed the Norwegian Corporate Tax System in light of recent trends in international taxation.

  • Evaluation of infrastructure investment in the Government Pension Fund Global

    02/12/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance is to ask the Strategy Council to assess whether the Government Pension Fund Global should invest in infrastructure.

  • Five Colombians released following assistance from Norway

    30/11/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am glad that all five Colombians who were recently captured by the Farc-EP have now been released. This shows that the parties to the conflict are willing to cooperate to find solutions,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Deeply concerned about developments in Nigeria

    29/11/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about developments in Nigeria. The terrorist attacks on civilian targets in recent days are shocking and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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    To the editor: Prime Minister Solberg to receive Nobel Laureates

    28/11/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg will receive Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday 11 December at 10.00.

  • Exports of defence-related products and services from Norway in 2013

    28/11/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In 2013, Norway exported defence-related products and services to a total value of NOK 4.3 billion. Exports of defence-related products accounted for NOK 3.3 billion of this, and related services, production rights and dual-use goods for military

  • Change among the state secretaries

    28/11/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the Crown Prince Regent has appointed Ms. Anne Karin Olli (49), mayor, Måsøy, as state secretary to Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore. At the same time, Mr. Anders Bals has been

  • Press conference: Report from the Expert Group on investments in coal and petroleum companies

    26/11/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance invites to a press conference on the report from the Expert Group on the Government Pension Fund Global's investments in coal and petroleum companies.

  • Successful decent work fund

    25/11/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    New collective agreements and better health and safety standards are some of the results that have been achieved in 13 Central European countries through the Global Fund for Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue under the Norway Grants.

  • Foreign Minister Brende deplores ‘agreement’ between Russia and Abkhazia

    25/11/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I regret the so-called agreement on alliance and strategic partnership entered into between Russia and the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia. Norway will maintain its support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,’ said Minister

  • High-level symposium on women’s rights in Afghanistan

    23/11/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Much has been achieved for women in Afghanistan, but the situation is fragile, and life for girls and women in the country is still more difficult than almost anywhere else in the world. They are afraid of being forgotten, and that the progress

  • Increased support for clean cookstoves in developing countries

    21/11/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Cooking claims lives in many parts of the world. More than four million people die every year from air pollution caused by cooking, heating and the use of paraffin lamps. Women and young children in rural communities top the statistics. ‘Norway will

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