Politics

Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis – and billions of dollars in international aid is needed to support people caught up in conflict. Read more

Aqeela Asifi is the 2015 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award, recognised for her indefatigable efforts to help refugee girls access education. She has changed the lives of hundreds of young refugees. 
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Do you know an exceptional person who has gone beyond the call of duty and shown outstanding dedication and service to the displacement cause? We are asking for your help to identify inspiring and committed candidates. The deadline for nominations is 8 February 2016. Read more

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21 is opening today in Paris, and will go on until December 11. Read more

On Thursday morning, the Norwegian government will introduce temporary border controls, to prevent people without the required travel documents from entering the country. Read more

In response to the large number of asylum seekers entering the country, the Norwegian Government has proposed legislative amendments that among other things will enable the swift return of certain asylum seekers. Read more

The Norwegian authorities wish to inform about the current regulations and the planned tightening of Norway's asylum policy. Read more

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Today, we condemn all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It is a time to remember the importance of defending freedom of expression, as well as honour those who risk their own lives to bring us news and information. Read more

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This year’s recipient of the UNHCR’s Nansen Award is Aqeela Asif, an Afghan refugee teacher who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan. Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende congratulates Ms Aqeela Asif with the award. Read more

An iceberg melts near the Arctic Circle in Kulusuk, Greenland. Scientists say the effects of global warming in the Arctic region are increasing at an accerated rate.

The Glacier conference took place in Ancorage, Alaska 31 August 2015, a conference on global leadership in the Arctic. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende spoke at the first session. Read his speech here. Read more

The Royal Palace in Oslo. 
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Mr. Hrvoje Marušić was accredited as Croatia’s official representative to Norway at a ceremony in Oslo on 20 August 2015. Read more

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Yesterday we celebrated humanitarians around the world. It was a time to remember humanitarian crises, as well as recognize and honour those who risk their own lives in order to help others. Read more

In September, there will be election to the municipal and county councils in Norway. Local self-governance is a vital part of the Norwegian democracy. Read more

OPTIMISTIC VIEW: Minister of Trade, Ms. Monica Mæland. 
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The export and import statistics for 2014 show an increase in economic cooperation between Norway and Croatia. Norway’s Minister of Trade, Ms. Monica Mæland, thinks that the economic relation between our two countries will develop rapidly in the years to come. Read more

On Wednesday 13 May, Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Ofstad was honored by the Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (UATUC) for his longstanding work for equality, responsibility and dialogue between the private and public sector. Read more

Ambassador Mr. Henrik Ofstad, together with the presidents of EPH, Nataša Owens and Dubravko Miholić.

The ambassador of Norway to the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Henrik Ofstad, received the European Speech of the Year Award at a ceremony in Zagreb Tuesday 12 May. Read more

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World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on 3 May. ‘World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of defending freedom of expression and the right to have a free press. It is disturbing to see that the number of countries in the world in which there is full freedom of the press is falling. Safeguarding freedom of the press is an important part of the Government’s... Read more

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‘The fight for strengthening human rights is the common thread in everything Norway commits to internationally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights The white paper, which is entitled "Opportunities for All: Human Rights in Norway’s Foreign Policy and... Read more

2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipients Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. 
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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani children’s education activist Malala Yousafzai. Read more

Croatian judicial reforms supported by EEA-Grants. In the summer, the temperatures get so high that the employees have to take a siesta. In the winter, the electrical system breaks before the inside-temperature reaches 15 degrees Celsius. No wonder cases are piling up at the Court in Karlovac. Tomislav Maras, leader of the City Court, states that it is impossible to motivate the employees to Read more

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‘I would like to congratulate Thorbjørn Jagland on his re-election. It reflects the strong support for his reform work in the Council of Europe. In these times of crisis in Europe, with major challenges relating to human rights and democracy, the Council of Europe is more important than it has been for a very long time,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

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Norwegians have been fishing for ages. Now we are the world's second-largest exporter of seafood, after China, with exports to more than 130 countries. Did you know that more than 21 million meals of seafood from Norwegian fisheries are served in over 100 different countries around the world – every day? This amount of export could never have been achieved with ordinary fishing means. Ov Read more

Opening address by the Norwegian Ambassador, Henrik Ofstad. 
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Seminar: Powered by Nature – Renewable Energy in Norway. Norwegian expertise, technology and opportunities for cooperation in Wind, Solar and Hydropower The Norwegian Embassy, in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Economy and the Croatian Chamber of Economy, held a seminar on renewable energy in Zagreb, 13 May. Representatives from Norwegian companies and institutions, including Innovati... Read more

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With the celebration of the International Women’s Day around the corner, we take the opportunity to focus on violence against women in Europe – a violation of fundamental human rights which cuts across all levels of society. The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented the biggest survey ever conducted on violence against women earlier this week. It shows that an estimated 13... Read more

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Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy 2013–15 Women’s rights are being fought all over the world. These efforts have given millions of girls and women access to education and health services, the opportunity to exert an influence in politics, and economic independence.  Gender equality is a goal in its own right – we have a moral obligation to... Read more

Recipient countries of EEA funds

The negotiations between Norway and Croatia about Croatia’s membership in the EEA Agreement have been concluded. As part of the agreement, Norway will receive improved marked access for its fish exports to the EU and will contribute to social and economic cohesion in Croatia through the EEA Grants. Read more

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Norway’s new Government was appointed today by His Majesty the King. It is a conservative minority government formed by the Conservative Party and the Progress Party, with Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg as Prime Minister. Read more

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 has been awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. Read more

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“It is a pleasure to be able to congratulate Croatia on becoming the EU’s 28th member state. The country has implemented an extensive programme of reforms. Croatia will soon become a member of the EEA and as such will also be a key partner for Norway,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more

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100 years after Norway introduced full voting rights for women, the Norwegian Parliament voted to adopt compulsory conscription for women as well as men with an overwhelming majority. – This is an historic day for equality and for our armed forces, said Norway’s Defence Minister, Mrs. Anne-Grete Stroem-Erichsen, on the day of the vote. Read more

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Stockfish, unsalted fish dried by the sun and wind on wooden racks in the northern parts of Norway, is one of the biggest Norwegian exports to Croatia. The export of stockfish from Norway stretches back to the Vikings, and is thus Norway’s longest sustained export commodity. It is together with oil, gas, and income from the merchant fleet, the socioeconomic most profitable of Norwegian exports. Read more

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“Norway and the EU share basic attitudes and values. Norway’s cooperation with the EU is important for Norwegian companies, for value creation and for Norwegian society in general. The Government intends to manage Norway’s current agreements with the EU well, and will make active use of the opportunities provided by these agreements to promote Norway’s interests,” said Minister of Foreign Affai... Read more

The Research Council of Norway has decided to establish the new research and knowledge centre for petroleum activities in the northern areas and the Arctic in Tromsø. Read more

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“I am pleased that six new countries and the EU have been granted observer status in the Arctic Council. This confirms the Arctic Council’s key position as an international forum for discussing Arctic issues,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide, who is taking part in the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting. Read more

The Fourth National Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, organized by the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development under the auspices of the Croatian President Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipović, took place in Esplanade Zagreb Hotel on 25 April 2013. Read more

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“The Security Council Chamber was a gift from Norway to the UN in 1952. I am delighted that Norway has taken responsibility for the renovation of what is perhaps the world’s most important room,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more

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Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås is today launching the white paper Sharing for prosperity: Promoting democracy, fair distribution and growth in development policy. The Government is presenting a range of new measures to be used in the fight against poverty. Read more

A general view of participants at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. 
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National legislation that restricts the legitimate work and activities of human rights defenders is unacceptable. This is the key message of a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today. The resolution was put forward by Norway. Read more

Combating hate speech online Norway is mobilising against hate speech in Europe. Through the EEA and Norway Grants we have entered into a strategic partnership with the Council of Europe’s youth project on combating hate speech online launched this week. During the last few years we have registered continued and renewed violations of fundamental rights, including physical and verbal attacks on... Read more

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Norway is connected to the EU’s internal market for energy through the EEA-agreement, and cooperates closely with the EU on a broad range of energy issues. About 90 % of Norwegian oil is sold on the EU market, and most of Norwegian gas finds its way to Europe through an extensive network of pipelines. All of this makes Norway an important and integrated part of the European energy market. Norwa... Read more

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On 11 June 2013 it will be 100 years since Norwegian women gained the right to vote and Norway became a true democracy, with women and men enjoying the same democratic rights. The International Women’ day, the 8 th of March, marks the opening of this historic jubilee. Norway was the first independent country in the world to introduce universal suffrage for both men and women. Once universal... Read more

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Oslo. 
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Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today signed an agreement on strategic partnership between Norway and Afghanistan. In the agreement, Afghanistan makes a commitment to good governance and combating corruption in exchange for continued Norwegian assistance. “In my talks with President Karzai today, I stressed that Norway intends to provide long-term... Read more

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Norway and the EU have many common foreign and security policy related interests. In 2012 Norway associated itself with a total of 58 positions and declarations formulated by the EUs Foreign Service. Since Norway shares fundamental values and many common objectives with the EU, Norwegian foreign policy often parallels EU’s foreign policy. This is reflected in Norway’s cooperation with the EU in... Read more

Seminar: Corporate Social Responsibility as a Tool for Sustainable Economic Development A seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a tool for ensuring sustainable development was organised in the Croatian Chamber of Economy on 11 December 2012, in cooperation with the Nordic embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, and the Ministry of Economy. Around 100 representatives from... Read more

iNavis is a Maritime Innovation Centre in Sibenik, founded by CroNoMar in cooperation with the City of Sibenik and the Norwegian government. The iNavis building was opened by His Majesty King Harald in 13 th May 2011 on his two day state visit to Croatia. The official opening of iNavis took place 28 th September 2012. Many guests took part at the opening, including the Ambassador of Norway,... Read more

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has this comment after today's sentence in Oslo District Court against the terrorist who on 22 July 2011 attacked Oslo's Government Complex and a political youth camp at Utøya Island: "This court case has been Norwegian society’s opportunity to confront the perpetrator of the 22 July attacks. Given the seriousness of this case, it has been particularly... Read more

Members of the Jordanian battalion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) rescue children from an orphanage destroyed by hurricane

Norway and Switzerland mobilise support for the environmentally displaced Every year, floods, droughts and earthquakes force millions of people to flee their countries. Environmentally displaced people are particularly vulnerable when they cross international borders, since they do not have the legal protection accorded to political refugees. Norway and Switzerland want the international... Read more