Country / Region profile of: Norway

Norway has not been involved in any conflicts in recent history. Norway ranks 2 out of 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017 and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. In 2017, $6.5 bln was spent by Norway on its military. The Gender Equality Act in Norway provides equal rights for men and women. In 2014, eight of the nationwide women's rights organizations established the Norwegian Women's Lobby to strengthen the organized feminist movement and continue to work for women's empowerment. In 2017, women held 41 percent of seats in parliament. Whilst Norway excells in political participation, ranking 3rd overall in the World Economic Forums, Global Gender Gap Report, it ranked 80th when it came to women's health, showing that more needs to be done to achieve gender parity in full across all areas. In the 2017 WPS Open Debate, Norway expressed support for the WPS agenda but made no commitments.  

"Women will not become more empowered merely because we want them to be, but through legislative changes, increased information, and redirection of resources. It would be fatal to overlook this issue." - Gro Harlem Brundtland


$ 6,568,000,000
Military expenditure
norway spends USD$6,568,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Gender equality in UN peacekeeping
This amount could cover more than half of the UN's entire peacekeeping budget, strengthening support for women peacekeepers, for a year.
NAP 1325
The Norway NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments