Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway)

Coordinates: 59°54′52.56″N 10°43′44.98″E / 59.9146000°N 10.7291611°E / 59.9146000; 10.7291611

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norwegian (Bokmål): Det kongelige utenriksdepartement; Norwegian (Nynorsk): Det kongelege utanriksdepartement) is the foreign ministry of the Kingdom of Norway. It was established on June 7, 1905, the same day the Parliament of Norway (Stortinget) decided to dissolve the personal union with Sweden.

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Agency overview
FormedJune 7, 1905
JurisdictionKingdom of Norway
HeadquartersVictoria Terrasse, Oslo, Norway
Annual budgetNok.34 billion
Agency executive
Child agencies
WebsiteMinistry of Foreign affairs
List of Norwegian ministries

The ministry is headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, currently Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, who is minister in the Solberg's Cabinet that has governed since 16 October 2013.

Between 1983 and October 2013, the ministry also had a Minister of International Development but this position was abolished by the Solberg's Cabinet and the foreign minister became the sole head of the ministry.


The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organised with 110 foreign missions and three subordinate organisations: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), FK Norway (the Norwegian "Peace Corps") and the development country investment fund Norfund. The Ministry and foreign missions have a total staff of approx. 2,400.

The Political levelEdit

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide

The Operational levelEdit

The ministry occupies the historic Victoria Terrasse building in Oslo

The top public servant is the Secretary General (utenriksråd) with an Assistant Secretary General as substitute (the latter also with a special responsibility for international development issues).

The Ministry currently has eleven departments, each headed by a Director General[1] (known in Norwegian as ekspedisjonssjef):[2]

  • Department for European Affairs
  • Department for Security Policy and the High North
  • Department for Regional Affairs
  • Department for UN and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Department for Economic Relations and Development
  • Department for Culture and Protocol
  • Legal Affairs Department
  • Promotion and Protocol Department
  • Human and Financial Resources Department
  • Internal and External Services Department
  • Services Department



In 2009, the ministry permitted the sale of military communications equipment to Libya, from a Norwegian company (Teleplan Globe) through General Dynamics (in Britain).[3][clarification needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Departments - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway
  2. ^ Avdelinger i Utenriksdepartementet, Government of Norway
  3. ^ Johansen, Carl (2011-11-06). "Dødsrutinene". Verdens Gang. p. 49.

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