LIVING IN NORWAY

The peace worker

Our privileged situation, coupled with the egalitarian values on which Norwegian politics are based, have often given Norwegian politicians a moral imperative to engage in peace processes and advocate human rights and humanitarian aid.

This leads to an interesting foreign policy, shaped by things like Norway giving a substantial proportion of its annual budget as humanitarian aid, and Norway and Norwegian peace brokers having been actively involved in facilitating peace settlements. There are some general features that are consistent throughout Norway's efforts in this area: As well as a longt-term willingness to provide assistance, Norway has made both human and financial resources available for peace and reconciliation efforts. Often, NGO's act as a door opener, and in addition to having good relations with key international actors, Norway is often seen as impartial. You can read more about the Norwegian peace and reconciliation work on this webpage from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Nobel Peace Prize
 Another connection with peace work is that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Norway by a Norwegian comittee. Some may think of it as the Academy Awards for politicians, but it’s an important institution helping give resources, publicity and credibility to the unselfish few who struggle against the grain to create a lasting peace.

Despite being instituted by the man who invented dynamite (he was Swedish, by the way), it’s still the most prestigious peace prize, considered the most important recognition of the ultimate political achievement. It is arguably the single most important award in the world.

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