On June 11, the Norwegian Government presented the annual white paper on exports of defence-related products. In 2020, Norwegian companies exported arms and military equipment worth around NOK 6.2 billion, as compared with NOK 4.5 billion in 2019.
‘The Norwegian defence industry is at the cutting edge internationally in a number of areas. This is important for our defence capability, and the industry creates jobs all over the country. The Government’s aim is to ensure the most predictable conditions for Norwegian export companies within the framework of a strict and responsible export control regime,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Norway takes a strict precautionary approach, and there is a low threshold for denying export licences. Norway maintains a higher level of transparency about defence-related exports than most countries.
‘The Government considers it important to continue to ensure a high level of transparency with regard to both the exports themselves and the way the guidelines for processing export licence applications are practised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,’ said Ms Eriksen Søreide.
The white paper provides information on actual exports of defence-related products from Norway and gives an account of the Norwegian export control system and the Government’s export control policy.
The English-language summary of the white paper has now been released.
Click here for the full report (72 PDF pages), on the Norwegian government website.