About North Norway European Office

About North Norway European Office

The North Norway European Office (NNEO), represents the regional interests of northern Norway in Brussels. The office was established to front and improve regional and economic development in North Norway. Established in 2005. 

NNEO is owned by the two northern-most counties in Norway: Troms and Finnmark as well as Nordland. In addition, the office has five partners: Tromsø municipality, Nord University, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Salten regional council, and the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization.  

Key interests in Europe 

Regional policy – one of the most important interests of NNEO, representing a sparsely populated area. NNEO is a part of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) network. 

Arctic Policy – as the importance of the topic increases in the EU and the world, it is important to follow the development closely and be a known and active actor in Brussels. 

Fisheries – largest fishing nation in Europe. Close cooperation between Norway and EU, and about 60% of the export from Norway goes to the EU. 

Tourism - in North Norway employed 15.462 people in 2016. Summer tourism is the largest sector, but winter tourism is increasing as well.  

Energy – There is access to vast renewable energy resources in North Norway. In addition, the oil and gas sector in North Norway delivered goods and services for 3.6 billion NOK in 2017. 

Culture – Bodø in Nordland is going to become the European Capital of Culture in 2024.  

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