Norske politirådgivere bistår Afghansk politi under presidentvalget i Afghanistan 2014. Flere barn var tilstede utenfor valglokalene rundt om i byen. De norske soldatene ble veldig fort populæreNorske politirådgivere bistår Afghansk politi under presidentvalget i Afghanistan 2014. Flere barn var tilstede utenfor valglokalene rundt om i byen. De norske soldatene ble veldig fort populærehttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Valgdag Afghanistan4.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=196Personell from the Norwegian Police Advisory Team during the presidental election in Afghanistan in 2014. Photo: Alexander Hage
KNM Helge Ingstad er i Middelhavet som en del av en dansk-norsk styrke og løser oppdraget med å støtte FN og OPCWs gjennomføringen av sikkerhetsrådsresolusjon 2118 om destruksjon av syriske kjemivåpen.//The Norwegian frigatte HNoMS Helge Ingstad (HING) isKNM Helge Ingstad er i Middelhavet som en del av en dansk-norsk styrke og løser oppdraget med å støtte FN og OPCWs gjennomføringen av sikkerhetsrådsresolusjon 2118 om destruksjon av syriske kjemivåpen.//The Norwegian frigatte HNoMS Helge Ingstad (HING) ishttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/05.04.14_sbr_skyteøvelse17.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2589The Norwegian frigatte HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" was a part of the Danish-Norwegian task force in the UN and OPCW operation RECSYR in 2013–2014. Photo: Simen Rudi
Stabssjef og Oberst Petter Lindqvist leder et stabsmøte i hovedkvarteret til UNMISS i Juba, Sør-Sudan / Chief of Staff , Colonel Petter Lindqvist at the UNMISS headquarter in Juba, South SudanStabssjef og Oberst Petter Lindqvist leder et stabsmøte i hovedkvarteret til UNMISS i Juba, Sør-Sudan / Chief of Staff , Colonel Petter Lindqvist at the UNMISS headquarter in Juba, South Sudanhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tkunR9053.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2588Colonel Petter Lindqvist, previous Chief of Staff for the UNMISS Headquarters in Juba, South Sudan, during a brief. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold

All over the world

For decades, Norway has played an active role within international cooperation. The Armed Forces participate in several multinational operations and missions.

​​​​​​​After World War II, the Norwegian Army sent an expeditionary force to the British-controlled occupation zone in Germany. In 1951, Norway participated in the UN Force in Korea (UNFK). This was Norway's first UN participation, and it initiated Norway's long-lived commitment to international society.

nato is the cornerstone​​

Within the overall framework of the UN, NATO remains the cornerstone of Norwegian defence and security policy. The recent international political and security developments in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, have made NATO even more important for Norwegian security policy.

On behalf of NATO, the Norwegian Armed Forces monitor and control Norwegian airspace. We also control our​ vast sea areas in the Arctic. This is not only important for Norwegian security, but also an important contribution to the Alliance.

Norway is also an ideal place for winter training and air exercises. In 2018, Norway will host a major NATO exercise with an expected 25,000 so​ldiers.

international Operatio​ns

Norway has participated in several NATO operations. Among them are ISAF (International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan), KFOR (Kosovo Force) and Operation Ocean Shield (NATO's counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa).

The Norwegian Armed Forces also participate in different UN missions like UNMISS in South Sudan, MINUSMA in Mali and UNFICYP in Cyprus. You can read more about our international operations on our operations site​.

Europe and the Nordics

In addition to the UN and NATO, Norway also works closely with the EU in the area of foreign and security policy. Although not a member of the Union, Norway is an active contributor to the EU's civil and military crisis management operations and its response forces. Norway has declared both civil and military personnel to the EU force register, and we are participating in the EU​'s civil operations in Kosovo and in Afghanistan.

Nordic Defence Cooperation, NORDEFCO, is also extensive. In 2008 and 2011, Norway, Sweden and Finland participated in a Nordic Battle group jointly with Ireland and Estonia. Cooperation in training, exercising, research and development is extensive and well-established.​​

Published 11 June 2015 16:41.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:55.