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Directorate for Cultural Heritage

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International activities

The Directorate for Cultural Heritage cooperates with countries in Europe as well as with international organisations. The cooperation includes providing expert advice, institutional capacity building and the implementation of international conventions.

The Green Synagogue in Rezekna, Latvia. Photo: Dagfinn Rasmussen / Riksantikvaren

Respect and the reciprocal exchange of knowledge are the fundamental principles of international cooperation. It is vital that the Directorate observes how others manage and disseminate information about their cultural heritage as well as share our own expertise and experience.

The Directorate contributes to the implementation of the Government’s policy on environmental cooperation. This includes the protection and conservation of historical buildings, monuments and sites as well as institutional cooperation.

Projects with European countries take place both bilaterally and through organisations such as the Council of Europethe Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The Directorate  cooperates closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Embassies on the protection of European cultural heritage through the EEA Grants. This has strengthened relations with the beneficiary EU member states.