Welcome to the official website of the Delegation of the European Union to Norway
The EU enjoys a close and good relationship with Norway. At the core of our relations is the Agreement on the European Economic Area. That Agreement gives Norway access to the EU's Internal Market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people with the exception of the fishery and agricultural sectors. The Agreement also includes close cooperation in areas such as research and development, education, social policy, the environment, consumer protection, enterprise, tourism and culture.
Last year, Norway participated in almost 1400 projects in the EU framework research programme FP7. The Erasmus programme for student exchanges which has enabled more than 2 million European students to do an exchange in another European country since its start, is becoming more and more popular also in Norway. Last year, a record of almost 1700 Norwegian students used the opportunity to take a semester or two in another European country. Norway has announced that it will continue its close cooperation with the EU in the research and education area by taking part in both the new research framework programme "Horizon 2020" and the new education programme "Erasmus+" which will start next year.
In addition to this, Norway is the EU's fifth largest trade partner, and the EU is the most important trade partner of Norway. It may surprise you that around 80 percent of Norwegians export goes to EU Member States and around 65 percent of Norway's imported goods come from the EU.
Norway is an associated member of the Schengen Agreement, which enables the citizens of the 26 Schengen member states to cross internal borders without border checks.
Norway also participates in the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and several other European agencies and a large number of other cooperation programmes.
Norway and the EU work closely on issues of foreign policy. We have a close dialogue and share common values. Our cooperation spans international issues such as development, climate change and conflict resolution, and also covers key issues such as Syria, Iran and Somalia, and the Middle East. We are also cooperating increasingly closely on the Arctic.
I know that there is great interest in European issues in Norway, culminating once in a while in reflections about the implications of EU membership. It is of course up to the Norwegians to decide whether to join the European Union or not. Irrespective of the membership issue, it is in our common interest to maintain and keep developing our strong and close relationship.
In this context, I think it is important that the Norwegian public is able to follow developments in the EU. Since we are so close to each other, events and processes in the European Union and Norway have widespread implications for all our citizens. It is therefore among this Delegation's most important tasks to provide regular, genuine and precise information about the European Union to the Norwegian public.
Apart from our regular news activities, we organise seminars and presentations on a broad range of topics at the Delegation, including "How to find the way through the EU jungle" and seminars for specific audiences. We are also happy and ready to receive groups here at the Delegation and give presentations outside of the office.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any comments or questions. Your feedback is very much appreciated as we constantly strive to improve our services.