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More than 1 001 300 participants from 1972 to 2015. This makes Norway Cup the world’s largest and best football tournament. Read more

The goal of the international donor conference is to secure more funding to alleviate humanitarian suffering in both Syria and its neighbouring countries. Education and job opportunities for refugees and the local population in host communities is a priority. This photo is taken in a classroom in Zaatari refugee camp in november 2015.

The Norwegian Government has taken the initiative to convene an international donor conference for Syria, which will be held in London in early February. Norway, the UK, Germany, Kuwait and the UN are the joint hosts. Read more

This week the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security introduced new guidelines regarding the processing of asylum applications from persons who travel from Russia to Norway. Read more

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. . 
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‘The wars in Syria and Iraq have caused immense suffering, and religious minorities have been particularly badly hit. These groups need our help. Norway is therefore increasing its support for vulnerable groups such as Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) invites to a conference dedicated to combat the looting of Syria’s cultural heritage. The conference will be held in Sofia on 16 September under the patronage of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Read more

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‘Yesterday’s conviction of three Al Jazeera journalists is a step backwards for freedom of expression in Egypt,’ said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen. Read more

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“The humanitarian situation in Iraq has further deteriorated in the last six months. The humanitarian needs are enormous after almost 18 months of continuous hostilities in Iraq. Norway will therefore increase its emergency assistance to Iraq by 100 million Norwegian Kroner”, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende made an official visit to Baghdad on August 23, and a visit to Erbil on August 24, together with his colleague Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide. Read more

‘I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on a market in Baghdad. The attack is a cowardly and ruthless act of violence, and our thoughts are with all those who were injured and the families of those who lost their lives,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘Norway joins in the unanimous international criticism of yesterday’s decision by the Israeli Government authorising the construction of up to 800 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This is incompatible with the support Israel has declared for a two-state solution, and casts doubt once again on the Netanyahu Government’s commitment to the peace process,’ said Minister of... Read more

Photo: UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammad.

‘The situation for thousands of Palestinians and Syrians in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria is critical. Norway has provided NOK 10 million to support the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Syria, in the hope that the organisation will gain access to the people in Yarmouk, who are in dire need of assistance,’ said Minister of... Read more

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‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: Jon Martin via The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Turkey.

‘We have been horrified at the wanton destruction of ancient cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. The Norwegian Government is therefore launching an appeal to Norwegian collectors and experts in the field to exercise caution and help to prevent the illegal trade in cultural artefacts from the region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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Press release: Norway is providing NOK 38 million for shelter for families who lost their homes as a result of the conflict in Gaza in 2014. ‘The winter weather in Gaza is creating huge problems for the families who do not have proper homes. Conditions for the most vulnerable people urgently need to be improved,’ commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

From the performance I.B.S.E.N. Portuguese scholarship winner 2012. . 
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Ibsen Awards are announcing The Ibsen Scholarships 2015. Funds for professional theatre performances based on Henrik Ibsen’s plays are now available. Read more

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Press release: Norway is co-sponsor of the resolution unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council today to impose sanctions on individuals in South Sudan. ‘After nearly 15 months of hostilities, it is a tragedy for the people of South Sudan that the parties to the conflict are not willing to pursue peace. The fact that a unified Security Council now supports sanctions shows how critical the... Read more

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Press release: Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today launched a new competitive funding scheme that will provide up to NOK 50 million annually to innovative solutions that can help to combat poverty by 2030. Read more

Zaatari Refugee camp in Jorda. 
Photo: UD/Frode Overland Andersen.

Press Release: ‘Women are particularly affected by wars and conflicts. The Government is giving priority to intensifying Norway’s efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Today the Government presented a new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015-18. Read more

Photo: Catrin Austin via the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ankara.

Press Release: ‘Norway condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent killings committed in the name of the terrorist group ISIL in Libya. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go to the families of the deceased, to Egypt and the Egyptian people. The Coptic Christians are an integral part of Egyptian society,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘I condemn the bomb attacks in North Sinai yesterday, in which at least 30 people were killed and many injured. Most of the casualties were Egyptian soldiers. The bombings are the latest in a series of serious terrorist attacks that have taken place in Sinai and the rest of Egypt over the last year. Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones in yesterday’s attacks,’ sai... Read more