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The High North

The High North will be Norway’s most important strategic priority area in the years ahead. Norway’s High North policy is intended to protect the environment, maintain settlement patterns and promote business development. The Government will further develop cooperation with Russia and our other partners in the north.

The seas north of the Norwegian mainland contain considerable fossil fuel and renewable fisheries resources. They have enormous economic potential which, if managed properly, will have great significance, both for the region and for the rest of the world. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is heading the effort to formulate, coordinate and implement the Government’s High North policy.


Watch vidoe on Norways High North Policy

Foreign Minister Støre on the Arctic and Norway’s High North Policy - video

The Norwegian Government launched its High North Policy in November 2011. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre talks about Norway’s views on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic.

The High North - Visions and strategies

In the white paper, The High North, Vision and policy instruments, the Government presents a coherent, long-term Norwegian policy for dealing with the challenges and opportunities we are facing in the High North. This edited short version provides an overview of the main points discussed in the white paper.

Ambitious goals for the High North

“In the white paper on the High North, the Government sets out ambitious goals for Norway’s efforts in the High North over the next 20–30 years. The main focus of the white paper is on foreign policy, but emphasis is also placed on how the High North policy is to promote employment and value creation across the country as a whole,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Photo: M.Kopstad, MFA, Oslo

The treaty on maritime delimitation between Norway and Russia

On 15 September 2010, Norway and Russia signed the Treaty concerning Maritime Delimitation and Cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. It was signed in Murmansk by Foreign Ministers Jonas Gahr Støre and Sergei Lavrov in the presence of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and President Dmitry Medvedev.

Svalbard and the surrounding maritime areas

Svalbard and the Surrounding Maritime Areas

This is a brief introduction to the legal issues concerning the maritime areas around the archipelago of Svalbard.

Illustration: Global Crop Diversity Trust

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, is established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard. It is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections around the globe. If seeds are lost, e.g. as a result of natural disasters, war or simply a lack of resources, the seed collections may be reestablished using seeds from Svalbard.


Latest articles on the High North from the ministries

The High North and the Arctic: The Norwegian Perspective

- Norway’s strategic efforts in the north must be seen in a geopolitical context. Norway will continue its active dialogue on High North issues with its neighbours, partners and allies. Strengthened international cooperation in the north – both circumpolar cooperation and cooperation with Russia in particular – will in turn be beneficial for developments in Norway, writes Foreign Minister Støre in this article.

Meetings in Oslo and Tromsø with Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton

Remarks by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre after meetings in Oslo and Tromsø with Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, 1-2 June 2012.

Meeting with the European Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the EEA delegation

“In the High North, Norway and the EU generally have mutual interests”, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre said in his introduction in Brussels on 22 March 2012.

Briefing for the Ambassadors resident in Oslo from the Arctic Council Member States

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre's briefing for the Ambassadors resident in Oslo from the Arctic Council Member States on 26 March 2012.

What Future for the High North? Norway’s Vision for the Arctic Region

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s address at the European Policy Centre Policy Dialogue, 22 March 2012, Norway House in Brussels.

NOK 105 million for research on Russia and the High North

“Our intention is to enhance knowledge about Russia and the High North. These are key areas in Norwegian foreign policy, and we need to have up-to-date information at all times if we are to be able to develop sound policies,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.

Watch vidoe on Norways High North Policy

Foreign Minister Støre on the Arctic and Norway’s High North Policy - video

The Norwegian Government launched its High North Policy in November 2011. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre talks about Norway’s views on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic.

Hans Olav Karde new chair of Government’s High North committee

Hans Olav Karde, CEO of Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge, has been appointed as the new chair of the Government’s High North committee. “I would like to welcome Mr Karde as chair of the committee, and I look forward to continued close and fruitful cooperation with the committee in the time ahead,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Speech at Oslo Energy Forum 2012

Holmenkollen Park Hotel i Oslo 8. februar 2012.

Norway to start seismic surveys in the Barents Sea

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has announced that the Norwegian Government intends to start additional seismic surveys further north in the previously disputed area of the Barents Sea. Seismic surveys will start this summer and will continue into 2013. “The survey will provide us with important knowledge about possible oil and gas resources in the area,” Mr Stoltenberg told the Oslo Energy Forum today.

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