From Norway

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Last Friday, the Norwegian Government presented a white paper on the place of the oceans in foreign and development policy. The oceans offer huge potential for human development globally. Norway has a long history as a maritime nation, and there are considerable opportunities for sustainable growth in ocean-based industries in the time ahead. The white paper gives special priority to three area... Read more

"I urge Kosovo authorities to refrain from transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an armed force without a constitutional change and an inclusive political process," said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read the full statement in English: Read more

«Minister of Environment Lefter Koka and Ambassador Per Strand Sjaastad»

The Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Per Strand Sjaastad, met 24 February with Minister of Environment Lefter Koka to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between Norway and Albania. They agreed that Albania and Norway have many features in common, as maritime nations, a long coastline and a vast potential for the production of hydro-energy. “Norway is ready to explore closer cooperation wi Read more

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‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Nice in the strongest possible terms. Once again, France has been hit by a terrorist attack. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and the rest of the world in the war on terror. We will never let terrorists destroy our democratic values and freedom,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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'I condemn the terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Tuesday 28 June in the strongest possible terms. Terrorists have once again targeted innocent civilians in Turkey. These cowardly acts must be met with abhorrence and intensified international efforts in the fight against terror,' Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said. Read more

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For seven years now, the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) has been assisting the region in addressing the pressing challenges they face on their EU path and will continue to do so. Read more

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Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society. Read more

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Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated with more than 100 events all over the world. The overarching theme for this year’s international event is access to information and fundamental freedoms. Read more

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‘In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker. Read more

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‘The crisis in Syria is having unspeakable consequences for millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The best way we can help is by providing direct assistance in Syria and the region. For this reason, Norway is now increasing its aid to Syria and the region to NOK 2.4 billion for 2016. We intend to maintain this high level of assistance and will provide a total of around NOK... Read more

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy today for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø, Det kongelige hoff.

This weekend, Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne. Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende met Syrian refugees in Lebanon last year. . 
Photo: Kristin Enstad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

‘2015 has been a dramatic year. Now, as the year draws to a close, we want the remainder of our humanitarian funding to be used in some of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, including the refugee crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Norway will be providing NOK 380 million to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for 2016. This will be announced at a donor conference in the UN on 17 December, when the Fund celebrates its 10th anniversary. Read more

Cinderella – before and after. 
Photo: National Film Archive, Prague.

It has taken a year. Two kilometres of film have been digitised, and more than 125 000 frames have been cleaned and polished. Cinderella and the prince are now ready to meet European film audiences in clearer colours and sharper images. See the transformation here. Read more

Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen in Larvik last year. 
Photo: Vestfold Police.

The Norwegian government has introduced temporary border controls to prevent people without the required travel documents from entering the country. Read more

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‘Paris has again been hit by horrifying terrorist attacks. My thoughts are with the victims, their families and the whole nation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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October 24th marks 70 years since the establishment of the United Nations. Norway firmly believes that “Strong UN. Better World” is more than a slogan. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende met with Syrian refugees during his visit to Lebanon

‘The Government is proposing the largest humanitarian budget ever. Acute, large-scale crises in the Middle East and Africa make this concerted effort necessary. Norway’s humanitarian budget is being increased by one billion kroner,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

Photo: Joao Araujo Pinto.

World leaders make New York their stage during the UN High Level Week which lasts from September 25th-October 6nd. They will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals, and discuss key issues such as climate change, global health, education, gender equality and peacekeeping. Read more