The High North Strategy 2017. Between geopolitics and social development.


The High North Strategy has been presented in Bødo in North Norway, 21th of April 2017.

Today the Artic is Norway's most importnant foreign policy priority and according to the above Strategy gives ‘an integrated approach to Arctic policy and focus more on knowledge-based business development and infrastructure in the North’. 

Also, in accordance with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg ‘today growth in North Norway is higher than in the rest of the country and benefits Norway as a whole, and the Government will step up its overall efforts in the north, to make North Norway one of our most innovative and sustainable regions’. Mr. Brende pointed that ‘Norway will continue to play a leading role in the development and management of the Arctic. Despite the unrest in many parts of the world, we have managed to maintain the Arctic as a peaceful region, where cooperation is the norm. As Norway develops its Arctic areas, it will be vital for us to find ways of cooperating with our neighbours to deal with common challenges in the region. This is why we are investing heavily in international cooperation in the Arctic’. 

The High North Strategy 2017 gives a detailed overview of such topics as international cooperation, business development, Infrastructure, environmental protection, safety and emergency preparedness. Finally, the Strategy gives an overview over results of work of the Norwegian Government at the High North Region. 

Please download the full version ot the Strategy here (in Norwegian).