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 soldiers.
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
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.