The new Visa Application Centre in Ankara. 
Photo: Julie Normann Eikaas.The new Visa Application Centre in Ankara. Photo: Julie Normann Eikaas

This week three new Visa Application Centers for Norway opened in Turkey - in Ankara, Izmir and Antalya.

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Yaşar Kemal (right) recieving the literature prize Bjørnsonprisen in 2013 from president of the Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Academy, Knut Ødegård. 
Photo: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson-Akademiet.

On Saturday Turkey mourned the loss of 91 year old Yaşar Kemal, one of the greatest authors the country has seen. Starting from next to nothing, the Kurdish writer made great success and was Turkey’s first nominee for the Nobel Prize for literature. Kemal also received the Norwegian literature prize, Bjørnsonprisen, in 2013.

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Photo: Visjon 2030.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende today launched a new competitive funding scheme that will provide up to NOK 50 million annually to innovative solutions that can help to combat poverty by 2030.

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From the performance I.B.S.E.N. Portuguese scholarship winner 2012. 
Photo: Susana Paiva.

Funds for professional theatre performances based on Henrik Ibsen’s plays are now available.

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Photo: UN Women / Gaganjit Singh.

‘Women are particularly affected by wars and conflicts. The Government is giving priority to intensifying Norway’s efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Today the Government presented a new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015-18.

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Photo: Catrin Austin.

Press Release: ‘Norway condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent killings committed in the name of the terrorist group ISIL in Libya. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go to the families of the deceased, to Egypt and the Egyptian people. The Coptic Christians are an integral part of Egyptian society,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Yaşar Kemal at the Bjørnson Lecture. 
Photo: Finn Olsen, Høgskolen i Lillehammer.

Yaşar Kemal held the Bjørnson Lecture in Lillehammer, Norway, in 2007. His speech "Thoughts on Art and Nature" is published here, both in English and Turkish.

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Norway to provide NOK 150 million in emergency aid to South Sudan. 
Photo: Astrid Sehl/Norway MFA.

Norway is providing USD 20 million (NOK 150 million) in emergency aid to the civilian population in South Sudan. ‘Nearly 6.5 million South Sudanese have been affected by the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the violent political power struggle in South Sudan. Norway wants to support the civilians who are now suffering. At the same time, we will continue to urge the country’s leaders t...

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Mange nordmenn har bosatt seg i Tyrkia, enten hele året eller store deler av året. Disse må søke om tyrkisk oppholdstillatelse hos tyrkiske myndigheter.

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Photo: Adam Bailey.

As part of the Embassy’s work on human rights in Turkey, we support the newly launched cultural website K24.

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Photo: Morten Brakestad, Stortinget.

‘The fact that the parties to the Ukraine conflict have agreed on a ceasefire is a positive and important step forward. It is now crucial that they meet their commitments and implement the ceasefire,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende condemns the bomb attacks in North Sinai. 
Photo: M.B. Haga/UD.

‘I condemn the bomb attacks in North Sinai yesterday, in which at least 30 people were killed and many injured. Most of the casualties were Egyptian soldiers. The bombings are the latest in a series of serious terrorist attacks that have taken place in Sinai and the rest of Egypt over the last year. Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones in yesterday’s attacks,’ sai...

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