Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway)

Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (Norway)

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The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norwegian : Det kongelige Utenriksdepartement; New Norwegian: 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.

The ministry is headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, currently Jonas Gahr Støre, and the Minister of International Development, currently Erik Solheim. They have been cabinet ministers in the Red-Green Coalition government headed by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg since October 17, 2005. The ministry must not be related with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence that leads the defence-related agencies and units of the country.


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 level

Unlike most Norwegian ministries the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has two ministers as head of the organisation. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is head of most policy areas and the administrative areas while the Minister of International Development heads the policy areas connected with international development. Some departments in the ministry...
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