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Norwegian World Heritage

The World Heritage Committee has so far approved eight Norwegian nominations to the World Heritage List.

The Rock Art of Alta. Photo: Arve Kjersheim / Directorate for Cultural Heritage

Norwegian sites on the World Heritage List:

The World Heritage Convention

The convention for the protection of the worlds cultural and natural heritage was approved in 1972, after cultural heritage and natural heritage areas were increasingly under threat from war, natural disasters, pollution, tourism or from neglect.

The convention encourages all countries to promote the protection of cultural and natural heritage of both local and national significance. The most important goal of the convention is to identify cultural and natural heritage of universal value.

Norway ratified the World Heritage Convention in 1977.

Norway in the World Heritage Committee

On 15 November 2017 Norway was elected to Unesco’s World Heritage Committee for a period of four years.
The Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Norwegian Environment Agency are representing Norway on the committee.

The World Heritage Committee is non-political, but the Ministry of Climate and Environment will clarify any political matters with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as and when needed.

Read more about the World Heritage Committee

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