Norwegian Jazz musician Nils Petter Molvær is performing in Turkey five times this year.Norwegian Jazz musician Nils Petter Molvær is performing in Turkey five times this year.

The talented Norwegian jazz trumpethist plays in Ankara this week, performing with two other Norwegian musicians: Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang. This is the first out of five concerts Molvær will be playing in Turkey this year.

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The Government is providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria, with special focus on education and child protection. 
Photo: Frode Overland Andersen / UD.

‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Monumental Arch in Palmyra, Syria. 
Photo: Jon Martin.

Press Release: ‘We have been horrified at the wanton destruction of ancient cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. The Norwegian Government is therefore launching an appeal to Norwegian collectors and experts in the field to exercise caution and help to prevent the illegal trade in cultural artefacts from the region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Increase in investements in Turkey from 2011-2014. Red are shares, grey are securities, numbers in NOK. Source: Norges Bank Investment Managing.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (Sovereign Wealth Fund) more than doubled its investments in Turkey from 2013 to last year.

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Excerpts from Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende’s Foreign policy address to the Norwegian Storting 5 March 2015. 
Photo: Christian Birkely / Utenriksdepartementet.

“Conflicts in the Middle East formed the backdrop for the raised level of terror preparedness here in Norway last summer. Migration flows and human trafficking across the Mediterranean to Europe are putting pressure on the external border of the EU, which Norway shares. Foreign policy is increasingly intertwined with domestic policy. This calls for a united and effective response. We must base...

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

Three visa application centers in Ankara, Izmir and Antalya are now the main locations in Turkey for applying for visas and residence permits to Norway.

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Photo: dotmatchbox.

The seminar “Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Education System” will be held Friday 27th of March in Ankara. The event is open to the public.

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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: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Manislam: Islam and Masculinity (2014) / Film still.

The 13th International Filmmor Women Film Festival on Wheels is currently taking place in Istanbul and will be open until the 22 nd of March. This festival focuses on important issues with its theme «Women’s Cinema, Women’s Resistance, Cinema of Resistance». The screenings will take place at Istanbul Modern Cinema and brings together feature films, documentaries, and shorts produced over the...

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Photo: Colourbox / Barne-, likestillings- og inkluderingsdepartementet.

  Child welfare cases in Norway are handled in accordance with Norwegian and international obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Norwegian authorities have a statutory duty of confidentiality regarding information in individual childcare cases, in order to ensure children and parents personal privacy. The child welfare authorities therefore cannot comment on

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