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The European Reintegration Network (ERIN) is seeking local organizations for the implementation of support for reintegration activities in 17 target countries, one of which is Sri Lanka. The ERIN network is a collaboration between Norway, 14 EU countries, and Australia, Denmark and Switzerland, and implements joint projects offering reintegration assistance to migrants in their countries of... Read more

With reference to recent newspaper articles on the alleged assassination attempt on parliamentarian Sumanthiran. The Norwegian embassy has no other information on this than what is mentioned in the Sri Lankan newspapers. We consider this a legal matter which is handled by the Sri Lankan police. In general, if the Sri Lankan police initiate or request international cooperation, there are... Read more

Yesterday, Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether, Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka, handed over some equipment’s to Mr. Miyanwala, Secretary to the Minister of Disaster Management to be used in the Disaster Risk Reduction program. The event took place during the inaugural session of the National Building Research Organisation, International Symposium 2016 Read more

Fisheries crime poses a threat to the world’s fisheries resources and to economic development in developing countries. International cooperation is essential in the fight against this type of crime,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Norway will provide NOK 39.7 million in support of UN efforts to combat fisheries crime Read more

PRESS STATEMENT 22 November 2016 Norway and International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Sri Lanka have signed a partnership agreement on 22 November to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the conflict affected communities in the North. The project will address the immediate needs of decent work and livelihood opportunities at the grass root level in the conflict affected Northern... Read more

    International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN); which is a platform for networking among independent, women-led civil society organisations across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Regions concluded its 5 th Annual Forum from 12-14 November in Colombo. The Forum was attended by 27 countries with more than 60 participants with long standing experience in addressing extremism a Read more

'Job creation and economic growth are vital for combating poverty. This is why the business development and job creation have been key areas in the Government’s development policy since 2013. In the budget for 2017, the Government proposes an allocation of NOK 1.5 billion to Norfund. The Government is also giving priority to vocational training in developing countries,’ said Minister of Foreign... Read more

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, during his visit to North visited the project locations in Thellipalai, Jaffna of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), some of which were Norwegian funded. Read more

Today, Knut Nyfløt, Charge de Affairs of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Colombo handed over a "supercomputer" to Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, the Minister of Disaster Management to be used in the Disaster Risk Reduction program. The event took place at the Ministry of Disaster Management. Under the Technical Cooperation facility, the Norwegian Embassy has supported the Norwegian Geotechnical... Read more

Knut Nyfløt, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of Royal Norwegian Embassy, Colombo participated at the graduation ceremony of Sri Lanka College of Journalism which is an arm of Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI). SLPI was established in 2004, by three important media organizations in the country, the Free Media Movement (FMM), the Editor’s Guild of Sri Lanka and the Newspaper Society of Sri Lanka. Read more

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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. Read more

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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... Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

With effect from 02 May 2016 all applicants are required to book an appointment online to submit their visa applications at the Joint Schengen visa application center (VFS). How to apply: click here Schedule an appointment with the VFS global: click here Read more

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 ... Read more

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 Read more

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... Read more

The Galle Music Festival 2016 will take place on Saturday May 14, at the Galle Fort. The Norway- Sri Lanka Music Cooperation started in 2009 and since then the festival has been alternating annually between Galle and Jaffna. A series of activities have taken place under the Music Cooperation over the past years. Read more