The Nordic Council of Ministers, the Government of Quebec and the University of Laval together organized the International Symposium on Northern Development in Quebec City on 25 – 27 February. The Symposium was opened by Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten, Premier of Quebec Phillipe Couillard and the Rector of the University of Laval, Denis Briere.

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2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The Norwegian government as a result launched a new National Action Plan for the period 2015-18 on February 16th to promote the mandate to incorporate women into conflict prevention and peacebuilding processes.

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World-renowned percussionist and ice-musician Terje Isungset creates music on instruments carved from ice. He has toured extensively with his breathtaking show, bringing the cool sound of the North to all corners of the world.

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The Norwegian government announced on February 4th new ambitious goals for climate emission cuts. Norway will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared by 2030 to the 1990 level, and will align itself with the EU’s new climate policy framework.

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Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering expeditions that present a once in a lifetime opportunity for youth to become engaged with the future of the Arctic. The Norwegian embassy is offering a full scholarship to participate in this year’s arctic expedition from July 27 to August 10.

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In (thankfully) mild weather, the Norwegian Embassy and eight other missions attracted a crowd of 7000 in a celebration of winter at the Governor General’s residence.

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The Ibsen Awards recently announced their latest edition of the Ibsen Scholarship for the year 2015.

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List of cultural events happening in Canada. The article is updated continuously.

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Northern lights over the Ersfjord in Tromsø. 
Photo: Bjørn Jørgensen / Innovation Norway .

Experience the northern lights or the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, or visit the world-famous Norwegian fjords, spectacular mountains and glaciers.

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Here is an overview of some useful official Norwegian websites.

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