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About the Arctic Council

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is supporting the Norwegian authorities’ goal to work with communities within the Arctic Circle. A priority in this region is the protection of indigenous people and the environment.


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One third of the Norwegian territory and 80 per cent of Norwegian waters exist north of the Arctic Circle. Amongst all of the countries in the region, Norway has the largest population percentage living north of the Arctic Circle.

The aim of the Norwegian authorities is that this area will become one of the most innovative and knowledge-based growth regions globally. To support sustainable growth, Norway acknowledges the need for respect and consideration of indigenous people and the environment.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is responsible for supporting the implementation of Norwegian policy. Our role, together with other Norwegian institutions, is to collaborate with the other countries in the Arctic region. This work will contribute to new knowledge and developing competence that will improve the health of the communities within the area.