About North Norway European Office


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

NNEO is owned by the three northernmost counties in Norway: Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. In addition, the office has six partners: City of Tromsø, Nord University, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Rana Development, 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 offshore energy sector in North Norway delivered goods and services for 3.6 billion NOK in 2017. 

Culture – Bodø in Nordland  the European Capital of Culture this year, 2024. Bodø2024 has chosen to focus on, among other things, youth, competence building, sustainability and cooperation with various European institutions.