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Photo: Mari Tallaksen.Photo: Mari Tallaksen

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was welcomed with a grand ceremony at the presidential secretariat on August 12th. The visit proceeded with good meetings with the President, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader before heading south where she visited Mirissa fishing harbour and Galle fort, accompanied by the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Fisheries.

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On 12 and 13 August, Prime Minister Erna Solberg will have meetings with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Leader of the Opposition Rajavarothiam Sampanthan from the Tamil National Alliance. Prime Minister Solberg will also hold a lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, and visit a fishing harbour in th...

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Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and Resident Representative a.i. of the United Nations in Sri Lanka, Lovita Ramguttee signed an Agreement to extend Government of Norway’s support to the recently resettled communities in Jaffna and Trincomalee districts through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The support is amounting to Rs. 142 million.

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The defamation bill that has been introduced in the Maldivian parliament risks being, if passed, a serious setback for freedom of speech in the Maldives. It will allow severe penalties to be imposed on those who wish to exercise their democratic rights and freedoms, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Norway will host the sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo 21-23 June 2016. The Congress will attract 1300 participants from over 80 countries, including ministers, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers, and members of civil society.

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State secretary Tore Hattrem today visited returnees to recently released land areas in Valalai, Northern Province, as part of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka. Valalai is part of a Norwegian supported project implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support livelihoods within fisheries and agriculture of returnees. Mr Hattrem was informed about the project and spoke to some ...

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On 2 June 2016 the Danish Parliament has passed a bill to Repeal the Greencard Scheme (Law 169) and has also passed a bill introducing changes to the Pay Limit Scheme (Law 168). Both bills will come into effect as of 10 June 2016.  9 June is the last day one can hand in applications for a Greencard. From 10 June it will no longer be possible to submit new applications for a Gre

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende was taking part in the launch of the Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI) yesterday. This is a new Nordic cooperation venture involving private Norwegian investors and two state investment funds, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) and Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU). The first capital injection is...

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State Secretary Tore Hattrem visits Sri Lanka 31 May – 1 June. The purpose of the visit is to have bilateral meetings and to develop further the business cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway. The visit follows the successful visit of Foreign Minister Børge Brende in January. Mr Hattrem served as ambassador to Sri Lanka during 2007-2010

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