The Norwegian government is to be strongly represented at Arctic Frontiers 2019

Erna SolbergNorwegian Prime minister Erna Solberg at Arctic Frontiers 2017 Photo: Alberto Grohovaz / Arctic Frontiers 2017

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, as well as six of her government members, have been confirmed to Arctic Frontiers 2019, the world’s largest arctic conference.


Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Fisheries Harald Tom Nesvik, Minister for the Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, Minister for Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Local Government and Modernisation Minister Monica Mæland, and Minister for Industry and Trade, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, will meet with the Prime Minister.

They will invite more of their international colleagues.


“The strong participation of the government during the next year’s conference emphasises that the Arctic is important for Norway. Arctic Frontiers is an international showcase for Norway as a competent and leading global actor on ocean” says Director of the Arctic Frontiers Ole Øvretveit.


Smart Arctic

Arctic Frontiers collects 3000 participants from 35 countries. This year’s theme is Smart Arctic and addresses key issues such as the development of robust societies in the Arctic, green competitiveness, innovation, the role of research in the development of the region, energy, transport, business development and sustainable oceans.

Through dialogue and communication between science, policy and business actors, Arctic Frontiers will facilitate arctic cooperation across nations, generations and peoples.

This year’s plenary program consists of seven themes: State of the Arctic, The Power of Knowledge, Smart Arctic Societies, Ocean Health – Blue growth through green thinking, Arctic seafood and food security, Offshore energy and mineral resource prospects and Arctic sea ways.

The plenary program is followed by science issues: Plastics in the ocean, The future of governance and handling vulnerability in arctic ecosystems, State of the Arctic and A smart Arctic future.

Arctic Frontiers sees the interaction between science, business, civil society and government as the key to sustainable growth in the Arctic region. The overall promotion of Norwegian expertise and technology vis-à-vis both national and international players is therefore crucial to show that profitable investments can be combined with environmental awareness” Øvretveit concludes.

About Arctic Frontiers

  • Arctic Frontiers was first held in 2007 following a wish to hold a global scientific conference that united  economy, society and sustainable development in the Arctic.
  • Arctic Frontiers is Norway’s most important meeting place for discussion of arctic issues.
  • Arctic Frontiers is working for balanced growth and protection and in the Arctic.
  • Arctic Frontiers collects 3000 delegates from politics, research and business from more than 35 countries each year to it’s international conference in Tromsø, with the same name.
  • Arctic Frontiers Conference in January 2019 has the title Smart Arctic
  • Arctic Frontiers is a project under the research company Akvaplan-niva and is located in Tromsø.


Source: Arctic Frontiers / Norway Today